Buffalo Bills Rally To Beat Detroit Lions
In a strange coincidence the final game of the Ralph Wilson era as Buffalo Bills owner came to an end in Wilson's hometown of Detroit. It was also the first game back in Detroit for Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. And what a defensive scheme Schwartz came up with to hold a pretty good Lions offense to just a single touchdown in the Bills 17-14 comeback win.
Lions quarterback Matt Stafford was sacked six times, intercepted once and the Bills held the Lions to 263 total yards in offense. The most important stat is after the Lions took a 14-0 lead after an interception return for a touchdown, the Bills held them scoreless for the rest of the day.
That's where Bills quarterback Kyle Orton comes in. Making his first start since replacing EJ Manuel, Orton started slow but ended strong. Orton finished 30 of 43 for 306 yards passing including a perfect 42-yard pass to Marquis Goodwin that set up the Bills to tie the game.
Then in the final minutes Orton hit Sammy Watkins on a 20-yard pass that set up Dan Carpenter for a 58-yard field goal to win it.
After the game the Bills decided to present Ralph Wilson's widow Mary the game ball in appreciation of all that the Wilson family has done for the team and the city over the years.
The Bills improve to 3-2 to retain at least a share of first place in the AFC East heading into a showdown with the Patriots at Wilson Stadium next Sunday.