Final

Chargers 14

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Bills 23

(5-1, 3-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 19, 2008

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
SD 7 0 7 014
BUF 3 10 7 323

Top Performers

Passing: T. Edwards (BUF) - 261 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Lynch (BUF) - 19 CAR, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Evans (BUF) - 8 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Power failure doesn't sap Bills: Chargers snuffed in second half

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After the power went out at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Trent Edwards and Kawika Mitchell provided all the electricity the Buffalo Bills needed against the San Diego Chargers.

Fast Facts

• Trent Edwards returned from a concussion by completing 25 of 30 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

• The Bills improved to 14-6 all-time after a bye week and 3-0 under head coach Dick Jauron.

• The Bills held the Chargers to 263 yards and improved to 12-2 under Jauron when holding opponents to 300 yards or fewer.

• LaDainian Tomlinson is held to 41 yards rushing. He has been held to fewer than 50 yards rushing three times this season and held to fewer than 100 yards for the sixth time in seven games this season.

• Buffalo is 5-1 for the first time since 1995 (finished 10-6 that season). At 3-4, the Chargers are one loss away from tying last year's total.

-- ESPN research

Edwards went 25-of-30 for 261 yards and a touchdown, and Mitchell intercepted a pass from Philip Rivers at the goal line to thwart a potential go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter to secure a 23-14 win Sunday.

Mitchell's interception allowed Edwards to engineer a seven-play, 43-yard drive to set up Rian Lindell's 44-yard field goal for a 23-14 lead with 3:17 remaining. Then Mitchell came through again, when he forced Rivers to fumble on San Diego's next possession.

Edwards hit Lee Evans on a 2-yard touchdown pass and Marshawn Lynch also scored for the AFC East-leading Bills, who are off to their first 5-1 start since 1995. Buffalo, off the week before, erased the memories of a dreadful 41-17 loss at Arizona and won its 200th home game in franchise history.

The Chargers (3-4) failed to build off the momentum of a 30-10 win over New England last week, and faced a long flight to London for next week's game against New Orleans at Wembley Stadium.

Rivers went 22-of-29 for 208 yards and two touchdowns, but had a sloppy outing for a quarterback that entered the game with the NFL's top passer rating. He committed three turnovers, including two fumbles.

Malcom Floyd had four catches for 65 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, while Vincent Jackson also scored with a 12-yard catch. The Chargers were minus No. 1 receiver Chris Chambers, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

The electricity initially went out about a half-hour before the game after three small helium balloons became entangled in power lines across the street from the stadium.

Power was restored about 10 minutes before the 1 p.m. start time. It lasted for about 10 minutes, and went out early in the first quarter shortly after the Chargers' opening possession. Play resumed after a 15-minute break, and continued while the power was out for about 45 minutes. The power went out once again at the 2-minute warning and wasn't fully restored in the stadium until midway through the third quarter.

CBS was unable to broadcast the game while the power was out, leaving fans on two ends of the country watching other games.

For those who missed it, it was a back-and-forth game in which the teams traded the lead four times, with Buffalo going ahead for good when Lynch scored to cap a nine-play, 78-yard drive. Edwards kept the drive alive with a 12-yard scamper on third-and-7, and set up the score with a 22-yard pass to Roscoe Parrish.

Lynch then rumbled around the right corner, and reached the end zone courtesy of a big block from fellow running back Fred Jackson.

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With no power, though, the atmosphere was a little surreal. The crowd would cheer without prompting and there was none of the loud music being pumped in through the expensive sound system. Also missing were the commercials being broadcast during breaks in the action.

On-field officials kept time, while the back judge took care of the play clock, putting up his hands to indicate 10 seconds remaining. That led to NFL officiating observer Art McNally to yell out in the press box, "That's how we used to do it!"

It was a throwback type of game between two original American Football League franchises, who met twice in the AFL championship game. The Bills won both times in 1964 and '65.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SD
BUF
1st Downs1522
Passing 1st downs
1115
Rushing 1st downs
47
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
7-116-13
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays4862
Total Yards263370
Yards per play5.56.0
Total Drives99
Passing191261
Comp-Att
22-2925-30
Yards per pass
6.28.7
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-170-0
Rushing72109
Rushing Attempts
1732
Yards per rush
4.23.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-4
Penalties5-355-35
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:3135:29

Passing Leaders

SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rivers22/292087.2212-17
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Edwards25/302618.7100-0

Rushing Leaders

SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson14412.909
Jackson13131.0031
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch19703.7119
Jackson9333.707

Receiving Leaders

SDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Floyd46516.3123
Gates45513.8019
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans88911.1120
Royal45313.3020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDBUF
bufFG6:52Rian Lindell 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yds, 5:44
03
sdTD0:39Malcom Floyd, 14 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yds, 6:25
73
SECOND QUARTERSDBUF
bufTD5:26Lee Evans, 2 yd pass from Trent Edwards (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 38 yds, 4:05
710
bufFG0:19Rian Lindell 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yds, 3:17
713
THIRD QUARTERSDBUF
sdTD6:33Vincent Jackson, 12 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:17
1413
bufTD0:40Marshawn Lynch, 9 yd run (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 5:55
1420
FOURTH QUARTERSDBUF
bufFG3:21Rian Lindell 44 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 43 yds, 2:48
1423