Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fourth-quarter swing dooms Bills in loss to Chiefs


A minute and a half into the fourth quarter, the Buffalo Bills held a 13-3 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs and had their opponent in a crucial fourth-and-1 situation.

Within five minutes, it all unraveled.

The Bills gave up a 39-yard touchdown run to Jamaal Charles on that fourth down play, and Leodis McKelvin lost a fumble on a punt return minutes later. The Chiefs converted on that turnover via an 8-yard touchdown scamper by quarterback Alex Smith, and the Chiefs won, 17-13.

Despite the gaffes, Buffalo did have a chance to right the ship late. McKelvin later returned a punt into Chiefs territory, and the Bills moved to the Kansas City 15-yard line. It was there, however the game was decided.

Bills quarterback Kyle Orton threw four consecutive incompletions--all at the end zone--with defensive back Ron Parker knocking down three of the attempts. The Bills never got a chance to respond.

Orton went 29 of 48 for 259 yards, with a 25-yard touchdown to Chris Hogan on the opening drive. Buffalo's offense ended two later drives with field goals and saw its red zone woes continue with a fumble and the turnover on downs.

Buffalo recorded six quarterback takedowns of Smith, with Marcell Dareus accounting for three of the sacks.

The Bills fell to 5-4 with the loss.

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