Final

Bills 24

(4-6, 2-4 away)

Texans 21

(3-7, 2-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 19, 2006

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 14 3 0 724
HOU 7 7 7 021

Top Performers

Passing: J. Losman (BUF) - 340 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Gado (HOU) - 10 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Evans (BUF) - 11 REC, 265 YDS, 2 TD

Bills trump Texans in record-breaking quarterback battle

HOUSTON (AP) -- David Carr's record day was spoiled by a late game collapse.

Big grabs
Lee Evans
Evans
Lee Evans becomes just the third player in NFL history with two TD receptions of at least 80 yards in the same game. Evans is the only player to accomplish the feat in a single quarter.
DatePlayersTeam
11/19/06Lee Evans from J.P. Losman Bills
9/24/00 Torry Holt from Kurt Warner Rams
12/11/89 John Taylor from Joe Montana49ers

Carr tied the NFL record for consecutive completions with 22, but Peerless Price caught a touchdown pass with just 13 seconds left to give the Buffalo Bills a 24-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

J.P. Losman was unstoppable in the first quarter, throwing for 209 yards, but managed just 76 yards after that until the winning drive. On that march, he completed six passes for 55 yards.

Carr opened the game 1-for-3 with an interception on his first pass before completing his next 22 throws. Carr finished 25-of-30 for 223 yards and no touchdowns.

Carr's completion mark ties the record held by Mark Brunell, who also had 22 consecutive completions in Washington's 31-15 win over the Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sept. 24. He tied Brunell's record on a short pass to rookie Wali Lundy for no gain with 6:19 left. The streak was broken when his pass to Andre Johnson with 5:44 remaining fell short.

He said he didn't even realize he was close.

"I was kind of shocked when I saw it," he said. "At the time we were winning so it was kind of exciting. You've just to find a way to pick up more. That's what I told somebody on the sideline -- 24 would have been nice, and it probably would have helped us win."

Dunta Robinson gave the Texans (3-7) the lead on a 9-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. Losman was throwing out of the end zone when Robinson intercepted the pass intended for Lee Evans to score his first career touchdown and the Texans' first defensive touchdown since 2004.

Robinson was a bit shocked at the way Losman directed his team on the last drive.

Piling up the numbers
Lee Evans
Evans
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans compiled 265 receiving yards against the Houston Texas, placing him in the 11th spot for the NFL's all-time yards receiving in a game.
DateRec-ydsPlayerGame
11/26/8915-336Willie AndersonLAR vs. NO
12/22/858-309Stephone PaigeKC vs. SD
11/22/4510-303Jim BentonCLE vs. DET
12/3/50 12-302Cloyce BoxDET vs. BAL
9/10/0015-291Jimmy SmithJAX vs. BAL
12/18/9514-289 Jerry RiceSF vs. MIN
12/11/89 11-286John TaylorSF vs. LAR
12/17/00 20-283Terrell OwensSF vs. CHI
10/13/6113-272 Charlie HenniganHOU vs. BOS
10/28/62 11-269Del ShofnerNYG vs. WAS
11/19/0611-265Lee EvansBUF vs. HOU
10/18/8715-261Steve LargentSEA vs. DET

"If that had been Peyton Manning, you'd expect it," he said disgusted. "But it was J.P. Losman. That's embarrassing. I hope he doesn't feel too good because we just shot ourselves in the foot."

A downtrodden Jason Simmons, who was covering Price on the winning touchdown, said the loss really hurt.

"We had a chance to make a play at the end and we didn't make it," he said. "It's just really tough to come up short at the end."

Carr wasn't the only player to have a record day as Buffalo receiver Lee Evans had 11 receptions for 265 yards to break the franchise single-game receiving mark of 255 yards held by Jerry Butler since 1979.

Evans and Losman were splendid in the first quarter, connecting for 205 yards and two 83-yard touchdowns. Evans' first-quarter performance was a Buffalo record for a period and just shy of the NFL record for yards receiving in a quarter of 210.

The first touchdown came after Nate Clements' interception on the third play of the game. Both were after Evans got in front of Texans cornerback Demarcus Faggins for the easy score.

"We knew coming into the game they wanted to put pressure on us," Evans said. "We knew that they took chances. It was imperative for us as receivers to beat the man coverage and make big plays down the field."

The 83-yard TDs were career highs for both Losman and Evans and they marked the first time in franchise history the Bills have had two 80-yard passes in a single game.

Losman was 26-of-38 for a career-high 340 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. It was a great outing for a passing game that was averaging just 139 yards an outing before Sunday.

Lundy cut the lead to 14-7 with a 17-yard run with about three minutes left in the first quarter. That score was set up by a 17-yard reception by Eric Moulds on third-and-8.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Houston ran the ball for 188 yards and QB David Carr was 25-of-30 passing, but it still wasn't enough to beat the Buffalo Bills. With almost a five-minute time of possession advantage and a 46 percent third-down success rate (as opposed to a 29 percent for the Bills), the Texans should have won the game.

But giving up two 83-yard touchdown strikes from J.P. Losman (above) to Lee Evans was just too much for the Texans to overcome. With their secondary giving up a long touchdown pass in almost every game recently, the Bills should have been ripe for the picking, but the Texans were unable to take advantage.

"To lose one like that really hurts," Lundy said. "I almost think I'd rather get beat by two touchdowns."

Samkon Gado made it 17-7 on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Moulds also had a key third-down reception on that drive.

Houston had a chance for the go-ahead score late in the first half, but fullback Jameel Cook fumbled after a reception on the 7-yard line and the Bills recovered. It was his second fumble of the year; he lost the ball against the Giants two weeks ago late in the fourth quarter.

"It was a football game that we should have won," said Texans coach Gary Kubiak. "We didn't make plays in the second half to put the ball game away and they made us pay for it there at the end of the game."

Rian Lindell had a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter that gave Buffalo a 17-7 lead.

Game notes


Evans has 55 receptions this season to set a career high for receptions in a season. He had 48 in both of his first two seasons. ... Moulds, who spent 10 years with Buffalo before being traded to the Texans, had five catches for 68 yards for Houston.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
HOU
1st Downs1720
Passing 1st downs
1211
Rushing 1st downs
49
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
4-146-13
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Plays6159
Total Yards403394
Yards per play6.66.7
Total Drives1312
Passing333206
Comp-Att
26-3825-30
Yards per pass
8.36.2
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-73-17
Rushing70188
Rushing Attempts
2126
Yards per rush
3.37.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-12-3
Penalties3-175-40
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession27:3532:25

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Losman26/383408.9312-7
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr25/302237.4013-17

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas19562.9012
Losman2147.0011
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gado10696.9134
Lundy8617.6126

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans1126524.1283
Thomas7334.709
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson67612.7025
Moulds56813.6022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFHOU
bufTD12:33Lee Evans, 83 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 87 yds, 1:13
70
bufTD6:46Lee Evans, 83 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 97 yds, 2:00
140
houTD3:08Wali Lundy, 17 yd run (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:33
147
SECOND QUARTERBUFHOU
bufFG12:17Rian Lindell 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 51 yds, 5:49
177
houTD6:04Samkon Gado, 1 yd run (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yds, 6:12
1714
THIRD QUARTERBUFHOU
houTD7:08Dunta Robinson, 9 yd interception return (Kris Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 1 yds, 1:23
1721
FOURTH QUARTERBUFHOU
bufTD0:13Peerless Price, 15 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 55 yds, 1:35
2421