Buffalo Bills Drop Sixth Straight game
There isn't a better series of plays to sum up the Buffalo Bills season, so far, than what took place at Qualcomm Stadium, early in the second half, on Sunday.
The Bills caught a break, as Philip Rivers lost control of the ball and Bryan Scott recovered for a touchdown. With all of the momentum and only trailing 16-10, the Bills defense stopped the Chargers on three straight plays.
San Diego was ready to punt...although they didn't.
Eric Weddle took the punt snap and ran 10 yards for a first down.
San Diego drove all the way down the field and scored a touchdown, to put the game out of reach. To add insult to injury, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception that Steve Gregory returned for a touchdown, just seconds later.
From down six and having all the momentum, to down 20 and completely out of it -- in just six minutes.
That's what it felt like to be a Bills fan for the past decade. Even when there's some hope, it quickly is extinguished.
Buffalo dropped its sixth straight game, 37-10, and for the 12th straight season the Bills (5-8) won't be making an appearance in the playoffs.
If the Detroit Lions can somehow make it into the playoffs (they are currently the No. 6 seed, at 8-5), the once-proud Bills will be stuck with the longest active playoff drought.
If you can remember,the Bills last playoff game ended pretty improbably, with Tennessee running back the kickoff (on an illegal play, you won't convince me otherwise) with no time remaining. That was back in 1999, when Wade Phillips was the coach and Doug Flutie/Rob Johnson was the quarterback.
That's an incredible statistic because the NFL works in cycles for most franchises, yet the Bills haven't had a good team in years. Buffalo has had just one winning season (9-7 -- 2004) and that season they were eliminated from the postseason on the final day of the season, losing to a Pittsburgh team that was playing its backups.