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The Bills bury the Colts, 13-7 in overtime

With the win, the Bills improve to 7-6 on the season

December 10, 2017 - 1:34 pm

The Buffalo Bills improve to 7-6 with a heart wrenching 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at New Era Field. Both teams turned to their rushing attacks with the insane amount of snow that was dumped across Orchard Park. Both teams combined for just under 400 yards rushing, while neither team reached 100 yards passing. Those totals painted a picture of how tough the conditions really were for both offenses. LeSean McCoy led the Bills with a career-high 32 carries for 156 yards and the game-winning touchdown in overtime. He's reached the 1,000-yard mark for a season for the sixth time in his career.

Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman got the start on Sunday with Tyrod Taylor's patella tendon contusion in his knee holding him out. Peterman attempted just 10 passes, but delivered the Bills only touchdown in regulation, an eight-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin. It was Benjamin's first touchdown as a member of the Bills. Peterman was hit with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter that knocked him out of the game. Head coach Sean McDermott announced after the game that Peterman is in the NFL's concussion protocol.

With Taylor inactive, third string quarterback Joe Webb came on in relief with about five minutes to play in the third quarter. Despite throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter that almost cost the Bills the game, Webb bounced back in overtime with a 34-yard connection to Deonte Thompson. That pass set up McCoy's 21-yard game-winning run just three plays later.

Along with Taylor, here was the complete list of inactives for the game.

On the Bills' first drive, we saw a little bit of Webb, a little bit of Peterman, and a lot of McCoy. However, the weather was clearly making it tough to throw the football, stalling the drive at around mid-field, after Sean McDermott went for it on 4th down. On the other side, the Colts were able to get some movement on their drive, but Adam Vinateri ended up missing a 33-yard field goal. 

The rest of the half was essentially the same with neither team attempting to throw the football. Jacoby Brissett's first pass attempt came with only a few minutes left in the first half. Meanwhile, McCoy, Frank Gore, and Marlon Mack found success in the run game.

McCoy made a couple of nice runs before the end of the half, hurdling a defender and taking it for 22-yards, then going for 25 yards into Colts territory. Peterman then threw a 23-yard back shoulder throw to Benjamin to set the Bills up inside the 10-yard line with just 30-seconds to go in the second quarter. On the next play, Benjamin caught a fade route in the corner of the endzone for Buffalo's first points of the day.

With just over five minutes to go, Peterman scrambled out of the pocket and dove head first trying to gain some extra yards. On the way down, he was hit with a helmet-to-helmet hit from Antonio Morrison, which knocked him out of the game. While the hit looked pretty violent, there was no flag on the play. Webb came in to finish the drive for the Bills, but it resulted in a punt.

On the next drive, running back Mike Tolbert sprinted up the middle for a gain of 23-yards, but Colts pass rusher Barkevious Mingo punched the ball out and recovered it himself at the Buffalo 49-yard line.

Neither team was able to do anything for the rest of the third quarter, and at the start of the fourth quarter. Jacoby Brissett hit T.Y. Hilton with a couple nice passes for 1st downs with roughly five minutes to play, one coming on a 3rd down, while the other was on a 4th and 4 at mid-field. Brissett also picked up a 4th and 6th with his feet, and the Colts marched into the Bills' redzone with time beginning to run out.

Brissett and the Colts finally found the endzone with a two-yard touchdown pass to end Jack Doyle. Indianapolis called the same play for the ensuing two-point conversion and was able to convert, but it was called back on an offensive pass interference call. Vinatieri's 43-yard extra-point attempt barely squeaked through the uprights, and the Colts had tied the game. 

Disaster nearly struck for the Bills as Webb turned the ball over at his own 28-yard line on the next drive. Webb's pass was short to Charles Clay, and instead wound up in the hands of Colts safety Matthias Farley.

With the chance to win the game, Vinatieri misses a 43-yard field goal wide left in the wind and snow, and the game would head to overtime.

In overtime, the Bills offense turned to Joe Webb's legs once again. He broke a couple of nice 1st down runs to get the Bills to mid-field. Faced with a 4th and 1 at the Indianapolis 41-yard line with about four minutes to play, McDermott decided to punt the football to the Colts. The Bills defense came up huge on the Colts' next drive, holding their offense to a three-and-out series.

With 2:25 left to play, the Bills offense went back to work and got the big play from Thompson on the third play of the drive. Webb floated a 34-yard pass to Thompson from the Buffalo 39-yard line, and Thompson hauled in the catch and secured the ball firmly. Three plays later, it was McCoy busting through the middle of the Colts defense for the 21-yard game-winning touchdown.

The Bills will finish their home portion of the schedule next week at New Era Field against the Miami Dolphins. It is the first matchup of the season between the two clubs, with the second and final meeting coming in the 2017 season finale in Miami. Kickoff next week is set for 1 p.m. with John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Sal Capaccio on the call on WGR!


1st Quarter:

  • 0-0 TIE (9:49) - The Bills turn the ball over on downs after Joe Webb's pass intended for Charles Clay falls incomplete.
  • 0-0 TIE (2:25) - Adam Vinatieri's 33-yard field goal attempt misses wide right

2nd Quarter:

  • 0-0 TIE (8:15) - Buffalo turns the ball over on downs after a 4th down pass from Nathan Peterman to Kelvin Benjamin falls incomplete.
  • 7-0 Bills (0:27) - Nathan Peterman connects for an 8-yard passing touchdown with Kelvin Benjamin in the corner of the endzone. Stephen Hauschka's extra-point attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards, 1:15

3rd Quarter:

  • 7-0 Bills (2:23) - Bills running back Mike Tolbert is stripped of the football by Colts linebacker Barkevious Mingo at the Buffalo 45-yard line. Mingo recovers the fumble at the Buffalo 49-yard line.

4th Quarter:

  • 7-0 Bills (14:50) - Jacoby Brissett's 4th down pass to Chester Rogers falls incomplete, and the Colts turn the ball over on downs
  • 7-7 TIE (1:16) - Jacoby Brissett hooks up for a 2-yard passing touchdown to tight end Jack Doyle. Adam Vinatieri's extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 19 plays, 77 yards, 9:53
  • 7-7 TIE (1:01) - Joe Webb's pass intended for Charles Clay is intercepted by Matthias Farley at the Buffalo 37-yard line. Farley returns the football to the Bills' 28-yard line.
  • 7-7 TIE (0:06) - Adam Vinatieri's 43-yard field goal attempt misses wide left.


  • 13-7 Bills (1:33) - LeSean McCoy 21-yard touchdown run.
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yards (0:52)




Buffalo Bills:

Nathan Peterman: 5 of 10, 57 yards, 1 TD

Joe Webb: 2 of 6, 35 yards, 1 INT

Indianapolis Colts: 

Jacoby Brissett: 11 of 22, 69 yards, TD



Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 32 carries, 156 yards, 1 TD

Mike Tolbert: 6 carries, 32 yards, 1 fumble

Joe Webb: 5 carries, 27 yards

Nathan Peterman: 4 carries, 10 yards

Travaris Cadet: 4 carries, 2 yards

Indianapolis Colts:

Frank Gore: 36 carries, 130 yards

Marlon Mack: 7 carries, 23 yards

Jacoby Brissett: 3 carries, 10 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Kelvin Benjamin: 3 receptions, 38 yards, TD

Deonte Thompson: 1 reception, 34 yards

Charles Clay: 2 receptions, 11 yards

Nick O'Leary: 1 reception, 9 yards

Indianapolis Colts:

Marlon Mack: 2 receptions, 21 yards

T.Y. Hilton: 2 receptions, 20 yards

Frank Gore: 1 reception, 10 yards

Brandon Williams: 2 receptions, 8 yards

Chester Rogers: 2 receptions, 6 yards

Jack Doyle: 2 receptionss, 4 yards, 1 TD



Buffalo Bills:

Matt Milano: 11 tackles

Preston Brown: 7 tackles

Micah Hyde: 6 tackles, 1 pass defended

Ryan Davis: 3 tackles, 1 sack

Indianapolis Colts:

Matthias Farley: 9 tackles, 1 INT

Jonathan Hankins: 8 tackles


Total Yards:

Bills: 319
Colts: 227

Passing Yards:

Bills: 92
Colts: 64

Rushing Yards:

Bills: 227
Colts: 163

First Downs:

Bills: 14
Colts: 16


Bills: 2 for 10 yards
Colts: 2 for 20 yards

Time of Possession:

Bills: 32:25
Colts: 36:02

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