Raiders 35

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Bills 38

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 18, 2011

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 0 21 0 1435
BUF 0 3 14 2138

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (OAK) - 323 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Jackson (BUF) - 15 CAR, 117 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Moore (OAK) - 5 REC, 146 YDS, 1 TD

Bills score TD with 14 seconds left to complete rally against Raiders

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will take the win any way they can get it.

After a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick found David Nelson wide open on fourth down for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left to secure a 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"I don't know what happened, but I think they misaligned to be honest," Fitzpatrick said, in noting how wide open Nelson was over the middle. "I was lucky enough to see it."

Chalk it up to luck, pluck and resilience, because the Bills are showing they're improved.

A week after a convincing 41-7 win at Kansas City, the Fitzpatrick-led offense had a 35-point second half in overcoming a 21-3 first-half deficit.

Buffalo scored touchdowns on each of its five second-half possessions as the teams traded the lead five times in the final 14:10.

Fitzpatrick went 28 of 46 for 264 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Fred Jackson scored twice in the Bills' home opener.

"I can't recall one quite like that," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "It was an amazing gut-check by our football team. What they did coming out of halftime was really amazing."

The Raiders (1-1) saw the result from a different perspective in squandering a chance to open a season at 2-0 for the first time since 2002.

"Not a whole lot to say other than that effort isn't going to be good enough," defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. "We didn't seem to give the offense any help in the second half. That's on us. It isn't good enough."

The 38 points were the most allowed by Oakland in a loss since a 43-37 defeat to Seattle in 1998. And they allowed 481 yards -- 326 in the second half -- and 34 first downs.

"Good job by them, bad job by us," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. "When it's all said and done, we did not finish the game."

And yet, the Raiders nearly pulled off an improbable comeback of their own.

From his own 44, Jason Campbell threw a desperation pass into the end zone, that was intercepted by rookie cornerback Da'Norris Searcy, who outwrestled receiver Denarius Moore for the ball.

Campbell went 23 of 33 for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Darren McFadden scored twice in finishing with 72 yards rushing and 71 receiving. Moore had five catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in filling in for an injury-depleted receiving group that was down three starters, including Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee).

As if the game needed any more drama, officials required 10 minutes to review the final play -- Searcy's interception -- to determine the call on the field was correct. Referee Mike Carey returned to a near-empty stadium to announce the interception had in fact stood.

Seymour didn't think the call would be overturned, and then lamented: "We had opportunities and didn't take advantage of them. That's the bottom line."

Two plays before Nelson's decisive score, cornerback Chris Johnson dropped an interception in the Raiders' end zone on a pass intended for Donald Jones.

"The game would've been over," Johnson said. "I take this loss for the team today."

There was also no excusing how the Raiders left Nelson to slip free over the middle.

The Bills looked down and out after a dreadful first half which ended with Oakland's Tyvon Branch blocking Rian Lindell's 39-yard field goal attempt.

Buffalo then came out running in the third quarter, as Jackson opened the scoring on a 43-yard run.

Then came the offense from both teams at the start of the fourth quarter.

Jackson gave the Bills their first lead, 24-21, on a 1-yard run 50 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Raiders responded five minutes later, as McFadden caught a swing pass to the right and rumbled in from 12 yards.

Buffalo went up 31-28 with 4:48 left when Fitzpatrick capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 6-yard pass to tight end Scott Chandler.

Back came the Raiders, who regained the lead 1:07 later when Campbell hit Moore on a 50-yard pass over the middle.

Fitzpatrick then led a 14-play, 80-yard drive in which he twice converted on fourth down.

"Determination," said receiver Stevie Johnson, who scored on a 7-yard catch. "We had the determination. Everybody was just a unit. We came out and did what we had to do."

Searcy, certainly wasn't going to let anyone take the interception away. Not Moore, who got a hand on the ball, or the officials.

"Once I grabbed it, I told myself nobody's going grab it away from me," Searcy said.

Game notes

Bills owner Ralph Wilson was unable to attend his first home opener in the team's 52-year history because he's recovering from a broken hip. Wilson watched the game from his home in suburban Detroit. ... Wilson did provide a videotaped tribute at halftime, when former defensive lineman Phil Hansen was inducted on the Bills' Wall of Fame. ... According to STATS LLC, the 35 points were the most allowed by the Raiders in a second half. ... Discipline continues to play a factor against the Raiders. After being flagged 15 times for 131 yards against the Broncos, they had eight penalties for 85 yards against Buffalo.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2634
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6371
Total Yards454481
Yards per play7.26.8
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-44-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

oakTD11:37Michael Bush 1 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 71 yds, 7:25
oakTD8:16Darren Mcfadden 5 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 34 yds, 2:31
bufFG2:25Rian Lindell 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yds, 5:46
oakTD1:25Jason Campbell 1 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 82 yds, 1:00
bufTD13:36Fred Jackson 43 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yds, 1:34
bufTD3:46Steve Johnson 7 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 57 yds, 3:28
bufTD14:15Fred Jackson 1 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yds, 3:20
oakTD9:23Darren Mcfadden 12 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:52
bufTD4:53Scott Chandler 6 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:30
oakTD3:50Denarius Moore 50 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 88 yds, 1:07
bufTD0:18David Nelson 6 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 3:27

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Fred Jackson had a 43-yard rushing touchdown outside the left tackle on Sunday. In the first two weeks of this season he has 103 rushing yards in that direction, exceeding his total from last season (78 yards and 2 TD).
NEXT LEVEL: Ryan Fitzpatrick picked apart the Raiders' secondary with underneath throws, throwing the game-winning touchdown pass and completing 69 percent of his passes on throws fewer than 10 yards. Last season, Fitzpatrick ranked in the bottom five in the NFL in completion percentage and NFL passer rating on throws of that distance.
The Bills have scored a combined 79 points in their first two games of the season. That's the 2nd-most points scored in the first two games in franchise history. The record is 87 points by the 1991 team. That 1991 team finished 13-3 and lost in the Super Bowl.
From Elias: The Bills are the first team since the 2007 Steelers to score a TD on every possession they had in the 2nd half. The last team to win a game when trailing at the half and then scoring a TD on every 2nd half possession was the 1996 Redskins, who trailed 13-10 at the Jets but scored a TD on all 3 2nd half possessions and won 31-16:
The Raiders have scored 21 points in the first half against the Bills. Is the 3rd time since the start of last season in which they scored at least 21 1st-half points. From the 2007-09 seasons, the Raiders had no instances of scoring 21 1st-half points.

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