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Bills lose huge again, fall to Chargers 54-24

Nathan Peterman throws five interceptions in his NFL debut

November 19, 2017 - 4:36 pm

The Buffalo Bills came into Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers with two straight embarrassing losses to the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints. Prior to the game, the Bills made a switch at quarterback, making rookie Nathan Peterman the starter and benching Tyrod Taylor.

However, it was not the start that Peterman and the Bills had envisioned as he threw five interceptions in his debut, and the Bills get embarrassed for a third straight game, 54-24 at StubHub Arena.

It couldn't have been a worse start for the Bills as Peterman made a great throw to a covered Kelvin Benjamin for 20 yards, but Benjamin stayed down on the field holding his knee. He walked to the sidelines, but was carted to the locker room shortly after. He did not return to the field after suffering the injury.

On the next play, Peterman threw a pass to Patrick DiMarco that was tipped up into the air, intercepted by Korey Toomer, and returned for a Chargers touchdown. On the next drive, Peterman threw up a duck that was intercepted again by Casey Hayward. 

The Bills answered back with two huge runs from LeSean McCoy. McCoy's first run went right up the middle to set the Bills up in Chargers territory, then on the next play he took a pitch to the outside for a 27-yard touchdown. However, the Chargers put together another drive to extend the lead to 10-7.

Before the end of the first quarter, Peterman put another the ball up for grabs while being hit, and it was intercepted by Tre Boston. It was Peterman's third interception of the quarter, but it wouldn't be his last.

Philip Rivers made the Bills pay off that interception, throwing a 21-yard strike to Keenan Allen to take a 17-7 lead.

On the first play of the Bills' next drive, Peterman threw another interception inside the Buffalo 20-yard line to Hayward again. It was Keenan Allen again as he scored his second touchdown of the day, to make the lead 24-7.

The Chargers continued to move the ball with ease on the Bills. Keenan Allen made several catches to keep drives moving, Rivers was on target, and Melvin Gordon found room to run in the ground game.

On the next drive after a 28-yard Nick Novak field goal to make the score 27-7, Gordon added seven more points to the scoreboard with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Peterman threw his fifth interception of the game with under a minute to go in the second quarter as he's picked off by Trevor Williams after over-throwing Deonte Thompson. Los Angeles got a couple first downs to get into field goal range, and Novak makes it a 37-7 lead at the half for the Chargers. 

After the Chargers started the second half with a field goal, Tyrod Taylor was back in at quarterback to start the second half for the Bills. Taylor and McCoy led the Bills down the field to set up a 50-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka. Hauschka's field goal made the score 40-10, but it also gave Hauschka the NFL record for the most consecutive 50-plus-yard field goals made.

On Buffalo's next drive, Taylor is sacked and stripped of the football by Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram. Ingram recovered his own forced fumble, and ran it back 39-yards for the touchdown to make it a 47-10 game in the third quarter.

The Bills finally got some movement with Taylor under center. He got the Bills' first passing touchdown of the game on a 12-yard pass to McCoy. It was McCoy's first receiving touchdown of the season.

The Chargers added to their big lead in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard touchdown run from Austin Ekeler. It is the most points scored for the Chargers in a game since 1981, when they put up 55 points against the Oakland Raiders.

The Bills did add another touchdown thanks to a two-yard touchdown run from Taylor, but that was all the Bills were able to muster in the final minutes of the game. They went three-and-out in their final drive, and the Chargers ended up closing things out in their 54-24 win.

First Quarter:

  • 7-0 Chargers (11:44) - Nathan Peterman's pass is intercepted by Korey Toomer and returned 59-yards for a touchdown. Nick Novak's extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 34 yards, 3:16
  • 7-0 Chargers (10:51) - Peterman is picked off for the second time in as many drives, this time by Casey Hayward at the Buffalo 38-yard line.
  • 7-0 Chargers (9:55) - Nick Novak misses wide-right on a field goal attempt from 46-yards out.
  • 7-7 TIE (9:02) - LeSean McCoy rushes for a 27-yard touchdown. Stephen Hauschka's extra-point attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 2 plays, 64 yards, 0:48
  • 10-7 Chargers (3:57) - Nick Novak's 33-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 12 plays, 59 yards, 5:05
  • 10-7 Chargers (1:20) - Peterman throws his third interception of the quarter as he's picked off at the Chargers' 45-yard line by Tre Boston.

Second Quarter:

  • 17-7 Chargers (12:53) - Philip Rivers finds Keenan Allen for a 21-yard touchdown catch. Novak's is successful on his extra-point attempt. 
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yards, 3:16
  • 17-7 Chargers (12:49) - Peterman's short pass to Deonte Thompson is intercepted by Hayward at the Buffalo 17-yard line.
  • 24-7 Chargers (10:32) - Philip Rivers connects with Allen once again, this time from 2-yard out for the touchdown. Novak's extra-point attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 15 yards, 2:11
  • 27-7 Chargers (4:55) - Novak extends the Chargers' lead with a 28-yard field goal.
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yards, 4:14
  • 34-7 Chargers (1:09) - Melvin Gordon finds the endzone with a 10-yard rushing touchdown. Novak's extra-point attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yards, 2:37
  • 34-7 Chargers (0:41) - Peterman is picked off for the fifth time in the first half, this time by Trevor Williams at the Los Angeles 39-yard line.
  • 37-7 Chargers (0:00) - Novak adds three more points to the board with a 39-yard field goal. 
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 33 yards, 0:35

Third Quarter:

  • 40-7 Chargers (10:21) - Novak is successful on his field goal attempt from 28-yards out.
    • Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yards, 4:39
  • 40-10 Chargers (7:34) - Stephen Hauschka converts on a field goal try from 50-yards out. 
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 46 yards, 2:47
  • 47-10 Chargers (1:51) - Tyrod Taylor is strip-sacked by Melvin Ingram, and Ingram returns it 39-yards for a touchdown. Novak's extra-point is good.
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 22 yards, 2:49

Fourth Quarter:

  • 47-17 Chargers (13:51) - Taylor finds McCoy for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Hauschka is good on his extra-point attempt.
    • 8 plays, 78 yards, 3:00
  • 54-17 Chargers (7:57) - Austin Ekeler runs for a 21-yard touchdown. Novak is successful on his extra-point attempt. 
    • 9 plays, 58 yards, 5:48
  • 54-24 Chargers (4:49) - Taylor gets in the endzone with a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Hauschka's extra-point attempt is good.
    • 11 plays, 75 yards, 3:08




Buffalo Bills:

Tyrod Taylor: 15 for 25, 158 yards, TD

Nathan Peterman: 6 for 14, 66 yards, 5 INTs

Los Angeles Chargers:

Philip Rivers: 20 for 32, 251 yards, 2 TDs

Kellen Clemens: 5 for 5, 33 yards


Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 13 carries, 114 yards, TD

Tyrod Taylor: 4 carries, 38 yards, TD

Travaris Cadet: 3 carries, 17 yards

Nathan Peterman: 2 carries, 4 yards

Los Angeles Chargers:

Melvin Gordon: 20 carries, 80 yards TD

Austin Ekeler: 6 carries, 40 yards, TD

Derek Watt: 2 carries, 17 yards

Travis Benjamin: 1 carry, 7 yards

Keenan Allen: 1 carry, 3 yards

Andre Williams: 2 carries, 2 yards

Kellen Clemens: 3 carries, -3 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Zay Jones: 4 receptions, 68 yards

Travaris Cadet: 6 receptions, 39 yards

Deonte Thompson: 3 receptions, 36 yards

Charles Clay: 3 receptions, 27 yards

Kelvin Benjamin: 1 reception, 20 yards

LeSean McCoy: 1 reception, 12 yards, TD

Nick O'Leary: 1 reception, 8 yards

Andre Holmes: 1 reception, 7 yards

Brandon Tate: 1 reception, 7 yards

Los Angeles Chargers:

Keenan Allen: 12 receptions, 159 yards, 2 TDs

Mike Williams: 5 receptions, 38 yards

Hunter Henry: 2 receptions, 25 yards

Travis Benjamin: 1 reception, 21 yards

Austin Ekeler: 2 catches, 18 yards

Tyrell Williams: 1 reception, 11 yards

Sean McGrath: 1 reception, 10 yards

Jeff Cumberland: 1 reception, 2 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Preston Brown: 13 tackles

Jordan Poyer: 11 tackles, 2 passes defended

E.J.Gaines: 9 tackles

Los Angeles Chargers:

Casey Hayward: 3 passes defended, 2 INTs

Melvin Ingram: Sack, Fumble Forced, Fumble Recovered, TD

Korey Toomer: INT, TD

Trevor Williams: INT

Tre Boston: INT


Total Yards:

BUF: 393
LAC: 429

Passing Yards:

BUF: 220
LAC: 283

Rushing Yards:

BUF: 173
LAC: 146

First Downs:

BUF: 18
LAC: 28


BUF: 6 for 48 yards
LAC: 1 for 13 yards

Time of Possession:

BUF: 23:55
LAC: 36:05

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