Wrap-up: Rams 15, Bills 12
December, 9, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Some thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 15-12 loss to the St. Louis Rams:
What it means: The Bills blow another game late and fall to 5-8. That puts any chance Buffalo had for a wild card to rest. It's fitting because questionable play in the fourth quarter has been the story of the Bills' season. They lost their fourth game by a touchdown or less Sunday against St. Louis. There will certainly be more questions about the coaching decisions that allowed St. Louis to hang around and eventually win the game.
What I liked: Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams continued his solid play. Williams had a sack and forced fumble in the first half. Williams now has 10.5 sacks on the season and is the first Bill to post double-digit sacks since Aaron Schobel in 2009. Buffalo's defense failed to make the final stop when the team needed it most, but it was a solid performance for three quarters. Bills No. 1 receiver Steve Johnson also played through a hamstring injury and caught six passes for 71 yards.
What I didn’t like: The Bills controlled the pace of the game but couldn't put the Rams away. Buffalo let the Rams hang around too long, and that usually results in a loss. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford threw a late touchdown pass to receiver Brandon Gibson with less than a minute remaining to win the game. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a chance to get his team in field goal range but threw another late interception on the final drive. Buffalo also botched an extra point in the third quarter, which you don't see often in the NFL. It's head scratching again that Buffalo tailback C.J. Spiller only gets seven carries in a close game. Bills tailback Fred Jackson's poor luck with injuries continued, as he suffered a leg ailment in the fourth quarter and didn't return.
What’s next: The Bills will conclude their three-game home stand next week against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is 2-1 against the AFC East this season with wins over the New England Patriots and New York Jets.