Patriots 25, Bills 24. For about 12 minutes last night, the Bills looked awesome. The defense had held Tom Brady without a touchdown pass, bending but not breaking, for the first 57 minutes of the game. They were smashing people in the face, they were flying to the ball. And Trent Edwards looked like a guy that was poised to become a hero. All the Bills had to do was run out the last two minutes and they would have beaten the Patriots for the first time since the “Lawyer Milloy game” in 2003. And then Bills kick returner Leodis McKelvin coughed up the ball.
“I chose to bring it out because that’s me, no matter what it is,” McKelvin said of the lost fumble. “If I had that choice, probably 100 times, I’d do it again.”
New England recovered, and if you’ve paid attention to anything the Bills have since since the late 1990s, you know what happened after that.
Chargers 24, Raiders 20. Oakland held San Diego’s rushing game in check (77 yards on the night), but Philip Rivers led a 90-yard drive down the field in the final minute, climaxing with Darren Sproles finding the end zone with 0:18 remaining. It’s the 12th straight time the Chargers have beaten the Raiders. Plus the Chargers wore their throwbacks last night. That was cool.