Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT): Jairus Byrd Saves The Day

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After Cardinals kicker Jay Feely made a 61-yard field goal to send the game to overtime (but missed a 37-yarder to win it), Bills safety Jairus Byrd recorded his second pick and set up a game-winning field goal.

Jairus Byrd recorded his second interception of the day and returned it inside the Arizona Cardinals' 10-yard line in overtime, and Rian Lindell kicked a 25-yard field goal to give the Buffalo Bills a 19-16 road win.

He almost didn't get the opportunity. Leading 16-13 with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, one of the most bizarre stretches of play in team history began. First, Chan Gailey dialed up a pass out of the Wildcat, with Brad Smith throwing an interception to Patrick Peterson when the team should have been running out the clock (or throwing the ball more conventionally, at least). On the ensuing Cardinals drive, Jay Feely nailed a 61-yard field goal to tie the game at 16.

It was only after Feely somehow missed a 37-yard attempt as time expired in regulation - drilling the left upright just moments after tying the game with an incredible kick - that Buffalo got their second chance.

After Buffalo's offense faltered on the first possession of overtime, Byrd - who had picked off Kevin Kolb earlier in the game with Arizona driving prior to Kolb's exit due to injury - moved to his left and intercepted a John Skelton throw, setting the Bills up for the game-winning points despite the rest of the team's best efforts to hand the game to Arizona.

The turnovers were hugely important, as Arizona ran the ball effectively (182 total yards, including 66 from Kolb and 24 on a fake punt) and really controlled the flow of the game in the second half. They helped make up for an iffy-at-best performance from the offense - Ryan Fitzpatrick (18-of-32, 153 yards) in particular - and erased a lot of mistakes from Bills players and coaches.

C.J. Spiller (16 touches, 110 yards, one touchdown) and Fred Jackson (21 touches, 83 yards, one touchdown) did the heavy lifting for Buffalo offensively. They were huge in a game where Fitzpatrick held back the passing game, despite the fact that Stevie Johnson played easily his best game of the season.

Buffalo is now 3-3 on the regular season, and the win - however they came about getting it - validated a week spent away from Western New York in preparation. We'll have much more on this game soon; for now, revel in a much-needed win, a little psychological boost, and a four-way tie in the AFC East.

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