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Heartbreak Handbook for Bengals, Bills

Two teams, two different paths after wrenching Week 1 losses

Originally Published: October 17, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

As you recall, two teams with playoff aspirations had heartbreaking season-opening losses.

The Cincinnati Bengals had the Broncos beat when Denver quarterback Kyle Orton threw a desperation pass into triple coverage. It was batted in the air and landed in the welcoming arms of receiver Brandon Stokley, who raced 87 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos won 12-7.

The next night, the Buffalo Bills had the New England Patriots beat -- until Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final ...

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