"Just keep in mind that there’s a larger objective here, one that goes beyond a single game or even a season. Manuel played pretty well. It’s only one game, but it was the kid’s first game. The franchise quarterback looked the part. For 50 minutes, he outplayed Brady."
"This season started in March, and you go through a lot to get ready to play and just because all of you said we were going to get beat by 50 and we get beat by three doesn’t make me feel any better," said Kyle Williams. "I’m here to win. I’ve been around a long time. I just want to win and we have to find a way to make the plays at the end of the game."
Defense makes plays, but Brady closes - BuffaloBills.com
"I feel like we learned a lesson more than taking a loss," said rookie cornerback Nickell Robey. "(That's) the very small things. What I've learned in this league is that's what counts. If you don't get the small things down, you can lose by a small amount of points."
Bills can't quite pull out win vs. Pats - BuffaloBills.com
"Obviously I think early we battled some adversity and I’m proud of the way the players held on and kept that game where it didn’t get out of control on us early on in the first half," said Marrone. "I thought we came out in the second half offensively and went down the field. I felt good about it. Then we had some opportunities at the end. We didn’t convert or makes the plays that we needed to to win the game."
Fred Jackson sparks rushing attack - BuffaloBills.com
"Fred did an awesome job as well as C.J. (Spiller)," said EJ Manuel. "But I really would thank the offensive line. They did a great job, not only run blocking but also pass blocking. They both did a good job."
Bills Roundup: Missed Chances Lead to 23-21 Loss - BuffaloBills.com
"Penalties and defensive struggles on third down proved costly, as New England pulled out a 23-21 last second win over Buffalo."
Week 1: Patriots vs. Bills highlights - BuffaloBills.com
"The Buffalo Bills nearly pull off the upset, but Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots down the field late in the fourth quarter to set up the game winning 35-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski." Via NFL Network.
Inside The Bills | Bills try to make sense of penalties
"Ten to four, I think it’s hard to overcome especially when offensively you have a young quarterback and you’re a young team," said head coach Doug Marrone. "It’s not acceptable. We have officials at every practice, we have to get together as a staff and we’ve got to figure out a way not to have that. We have to look at them and evaluate them first. The officials, we think we have the best officials in the world out there and I think they do a nice job. We just have to look at it. Ten to four, obviously that’s a lopsided situation and poor on our part."
Inside The Bills | Players react: Patriots at Bills
Jim Leonhard, Kyle Williams, Mario Williams, and Fred Jackson talk to the media after the game.
Bills feel the pain after letting one slip away - The Buffalo News
"Listen man, if I had a dollar for every tough one with those freaking guys … you know it makes me vomit," said Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams.
Bills notebook: Penalty wounds are self-inflicted - The Buffalo News
"The Bills were zapped with 13 penalties. Ten of them were accepted for losses of 75 yards. But the Bills sacrificed more than that. Three of their penalties wiped out 42 yards of first-down plays: a 19-yard Robert Woods reception, an 8-yard C.J. Spiller pass play and a 15-yard Jackson catch-and-run."
Quarterly Report: Patriots 23, Bills 21 - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan goes in fifteen minute chunks.
WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Patriots 23 - Bills 21
Joe Buscaglia liked the offensive line's day, but didn't like the way the wide receivers stepped up.
WGR 550 SportsRadio - SIMON: Bills Fans, Remain Calm!
The Buffalo Bills are making progress. They suffered yet another heart breaking opening day loss, their sixth in the last 12 years, but I didn't walk away from Ralph Wilson Stadium seething with anger or incredibly depressed.
WGR 550 SportsRadio - Koziol: Bills Suffer Painful Loss
"I came to the Bills opener with only a few things on my checklist; would EJ Manuel look like he has command of what it takes to be a NFL quarterback? Check. Could the defense, with a questionable and banged up secondary, keep them in the game facing one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? Check. Would Doug Marrone and the new coaches support their players with quality play-calling and in-game management? Ehhh…for the most part. So, with mostly all three of my benchmarks met, I can be happy. But when a win was clearly within reach, it’s a heartbreaking way to start the new era."
Buffalo Bills fall to New England Patriots | Democrat and Chronicle
"You talk about sense of disappointment, it’s devastating," said coach Doug Marrone, who in making his NFL head coaching debut has only had to swallow one of these gut-churning losses to Bill Belichick. "It’s hard. We put in a lot of work and we’re going to get better, but we know what the people want and we know what the region wants. When we go out there and we have opportunities and you can’t win that game, I’m letting them down, we all are letting people down."
Sal Maiorana: Tom Brady finally looks human | Democrat and Chronicle
"During New England’s sigh-of-relief 23-21 escape against the Bills on Sunday, the 36-year-old Brady looked like a mere mortal for much of the day, and there were several explanations, though none more prominent than this: He’s still trying to figure out the names of his receivers and what they can do."
Buffalo Bills report card vs. New England Patriots - ESPN
Mike Rodak's grades aren't rosy, with the Special Teams' B+ the best of the bunch.
Penalties a lingering issue for Bills - ESPN
"I think we got caught out on the field with 12 [players on defense] and that's not acceptable," Marrone said. "That's on us as the coaches and it starts with me."
Bills Show Promise, But Pats Prevail - ESPN Video - ESPN
"ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss and Bills reporter Mike Rodak break down the Patriots' win against the Bills."
EJ Manuel poised but unspectacular in loss - ESPN
"Manuel, the first quarterback chosen in April's draft, stuck mostly to shorter throws and check-downs on Sunday, a trend that has carried over from the preseason. The results weren't always there: the Bills couldn't move the ball when they needed to late in the fourth quarter, with a 4-yard completion from Manuel to tight end Scott Chandler ending the drive on 3rd-and-10."
PATRIOTS WIN! EVERYBODY PANIC! - Pats Pulpit
"PATRIOTS ONLY WON BY TWO! PATRIOTS ONLY WON BY TWO Emergency! Emergency! Abandon ship! Everyone run for your lives!"
New receivers, but same old Brady and same old result for Patriots at Buffalo | Toronto Sun
"We’ll take it," Brady said. "Opening day, on the road, in a tough environment. We didn’t execute great (but made) some clutch plays when we really needed to."
NFL: Bills five seconds from paydirt vs. Patriots: Kelly | Toronto Star
"The Buffalo Bills are not a sports franchise. They are a weekly reminder of the power of the ineffable. There is something verging on mystical in the Bills’ ability to disappoint and fulfil your expectations at the same time. When you sit down to watch them you go through a short checklist, "Clicker. Painkillers. The mental fortitude to endure the death of hope.""
Pitoniak: Some Positives From Bills Loss - RochesterHomepage.net
"Manuel still hasn’t shown us the ability to chuck it long effectively (he was almost picked off on his one deep throw), and this is going to become a necessity because the Patriots show that you can shut down electric running back C.J. Spiller if there is no fear you’re going to dial long distance in the passing game. But Manuel does appears cool beyond his years. He has pocket presence – something which Rob Johnson, J.P. Losman and Trent Edwards never had. So, there’s definitely something to build on here."