Final

Bills 24

(5-7, 2-4 away)

Giants 7

(4-8, 1-5 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 30, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 0 17 7 024
NYG 0 7 0 07

Bledsoe tosses for 252 yards, two TDs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- For one of the few times this season, Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills lived up to the preseason hype. The New York Giants' failure to do even that has put Jim Fassel's job in serious peril.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Bills: Should the Bills pursue another backup QB in the offseason, or is Van Pelt the heir to Bledsoe?
Finding an heir is never as cut and dry as it may seem. Typically players come from other organizations after proving themselves or showing potential and are given the chance to take the QB job. Any way it goes, with the way Bledsoe is getting hit, the Bills need to start developing someone quickly.

Question on the Giants: In terms of mailing it in, has anyone tanked the season more than the Giants?
It's amazing that a team with such a strong veteran presence is doing such a terrible job handling adversity. This team isn't hurting for personnel. On paper, they look like a potentially dominating team, but they haven't transferred it onto the field. The Giants don't seem to have any confidence as a team.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Shaking off the effects of a concussion and some internal strife, Bledsoe threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bills embarrassed New York 24-7 on Sunday in a game that ended with 78,000-seat Giants Stadium three-quarters empty.

Bledsoe hit 19 of 29 passes before another blow to the head forced him to the bench in the third quarter.

"There is an overall sense of frustration because we feel like we've underachieved this season," Bledsoe said after the Bills (5-7) snapped a four-game losing streak.

"We've played three good games over the course of the season, today being one of them."

The situation for the Giants (4-8) is worse.

The Bills came into this season thinking they had a shot to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Giants were thinking Super Bowl again after a high-powered offense got them back to the playoffs last season.

Turnovers, injuries, dumb plays, penalties and bad tackling hurt them all season and they all were evident again in a game that all but ended New York's playoff hopes and Fassel's tenure as coach.

"It's hard to describe my feelings right now," a subdued Fassel said after enduring the first four-game losing streak of his six-plus seasons as coach. "It's hard. It's just hard to watch them play that way."

It was also hard for co-owner Wellington Mara, who had seen Fassel lead the Giants to three playoff berths and a Super Bowl after the 2000 season.

"I'm very disappointed," Mara said. "I never go into a season or game with high expectations. But I do go into some with higher hopes than others, and this year we had high hopes."

Mara refused to discuss Fassel's future.

The Bills still have an outside shot at the playoffs if they can win their final four games.

Buffalo took control with a 17-point second quarter. Bledsoe threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dave Moore, a 22-yarder to Bobby Shaw and set up a short field goal by Rian Lindell with a 31-yard pass.

Bledsoe also had consecutive passes of 21 and 18 yards to set up Travis Henry's 13-yard third-quarter TD run that gave the Bills a 17-point lead. It was on that drive he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Giants lineman Keith Hamilton.

"When I got up everything was yellow," Bledsoe said. "I was thinking fairly clearly."

Bledsoe missed some practice time this week with headaches, nausea and some vision problems after being kneed in last Sunday's loss to Indianapolis.

The Bills' offense also came under fire this week when cornerback Antonio Winfield questioned why coach Gregg Williams was throwing so much without big-play receivers.

The Giants made one big play, a 77-yard scoring pass play from Kerry Collins to Amani Toomer just 17 seconds after Moore's touchdown catch tied the game at 7.

The Bills then took advantage of big holes in the Giants' defense, turnovers and a decimated offensive line to hand New York its fifth loss in six home games.

A 31-yard pass to Shaw and a 15-yard unnecessary roughing penalty set up Lindell's go-ahead 26-yard field goal.

A fumble by Collins on the ensuing series gave the Bills the ball at the New York 41. Bledsoe hit Josh Reed on passes of 15 and 20 yards before connecting with Shaw for the score on second-and-17 play.<

Bledsoe had only three TD passes and eight interceptions in his last nine games.

Game notes


Coming into this game, the Bills had not scored a touchdown on the road since Sept. 14. ... Giants TE Marcellus Rivers and LG Wayne Lucier left the game with knee injuries. CB Will Allen had a foot sprain. The Bills lost Moore in the second quarter with a mild concussion on the touchdown. ... Bledsoe now has 198 career TD passes, tying him for 26th place in NFL history, one ahead of Ken Anderson and one behind Phil Simms. ... Henry finished with 113 yards rushing, giving him 3,137 yards in his career, surpassing Cookie Gilchrist for fifth all-time among Bills. ... The Bills has six sacks, including a career-high three by DE Aaron Schobel, who also had a fumble recovery that led to a TD.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Buffalo
NY Giants
1st Downs2310
3rd down efficiency
5-144-14
4th down efficiency
1-10-1
Total Yards403222
Yards per play5.44.1
Total Drives00
Passing252198
Comp-Att
21-3417-35
Yards per pass
7.45.7
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-236-35
Rushing15124
Rushing Attempts
3613
Yards per rush
4.21.8
Penalties8-605-58
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
00
Possession39:0720:53

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bledsoe19/292528.7203-16
Van Pelt2/5234.6001-7
NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins17/352336.7106-35

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henry261134.3132
Neufeld11414.0014
NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barber12201.707
Levens144.004

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shaw48721.8131
Moulds56613.2022
NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Toomer311036.7177
Carter44611.5015

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERBUFNYG
TD0:11DAVE MOORE 24 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
Drive: 6 plays, 73 yds, 1:57
70
TD0:28AMANI TOOMER 77 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 1 plays, 77 yds, :17
77
FG5:34RIAN LINDELL 26 YD
Drive: 10 plays, 65 yds, 5:06
107
TD10:53BOBBY SHAW 22 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
Drive: 7 plays, 41 yds, 3:50
177
THIRD QUARTERBUFNYG
TD9:30TRAVIS HENRY 13 YD RUN (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
Drive: 7 plays, 66 yds, 3:54
247