Monday, October 22, 2012

Fitz sums up decisive pick: 'It was a dumb throw'


The Buffalo Bills held possession of the ball and a six-point lead over the Tennessee Titans Sunday with under three minutes to go.

Buffalo was looking to convert on a third-and-6 inside its own 40-yard line. At worst, the Bills would've taken a punt to reverse field position and try to hold off one last drive. Instead, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick stared down Donald Jones on the right sideline in signature-Fitz fashion and was picked off by Jason McCourty.

Tennessee took advantage of the favorable field position and completed a seven-play game-winning drive to edge Buffalo, 35-34.

"I just got greedy in a situation that I did not have any business being greedy in," Fitzpatrick told reporters after the game, according to the team's website. "It was a dumb throw, dumb decision by me. Third down at the end of the game, game on the line, Chan (Gailey) put the ball in my hands essentially and I threw an interception. So that one hurts."

The Bills now head into the bye on a low note at 3-4. It was this time last year when the Bills gave Fitzpatrick his $60 million contract extension.

Bills coach Chan Gailey is still standing by his guy.

"It is the same," Gailey said of his confidence level in Fitzpatrick. "He made a bad throw at the end. Other than that, he played really, really well. He made one bad throw. If you get rid of all of the quarterbacks for one bad throw, you are not going to have any quarterbacks left."

Fitzpatrick did throw three touchdowns in the game, but he had the costly pick and also lost a fumble.

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