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Big second half helps Bills escape with 38-35 win -
"That was an amazing gut check by our football team and what they did coming out at halftime was amazing," said head coach Chan Gailey. "I was really proud of them. We talked about doing it, but then you’ve got to go do it."

Inside The Bills | Urbik, Parrish out indefinitely
"Kraig is going to be a few weeks and they’re re-evaluating Roscoe, but it’s going to be a while on Roscoe," said Gailey. "Guys that we weren’t exactly planning on are going to have to come on and play."

Report: Bills Want Talks To Extend Lease - WGR 550
"According to Mark Guaghan and Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson said that he's looking to extend the organization's lease agreement with Erie County. The current lease is set to run out on July 31, 2013."

Inside The Bills | Finaly Searcy INT was reviewed
"It was ruled an interception," said head referee Mike Carey. "We came into the locker room after delaying to see if it was going to be reviewed. I got a beep in the locker room, a buzz in the locker room, that said review. Went back out, put the headset on. They weren’t set up. But it was an erroneous transmission, and they had already confirmed the ruling on the field."

Inside The Bills | Game ball to Mr. Wilson
"Chan was giving this game ball to Mr. Wilson," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "It was the first time he’s missed an opener in a long time. We’re sorry that he couldn’t be here, but hopefully he’s proud of what we did on the field today."

Number of unbeaten teams cut in half - The Buffalo News
"Aside from the Buffalo Bills, the surprise team so far is Washington, which is 2-0 after Sunday's 22-21 home win over the Arizona Cardinals."

Hansen was a consummate professional - The Buffalo News
"Bruce Smith was one of the best -- if not the best -- player in team history, but much of his success came because he had Hansen on the other side. Hansen was an effort player who wasn't as blessed athletically as Bruce, but he gave the Bills everything he had and never complained. He also never became caught up in the massive egos that dominated the Bills in the 1990s."

Explanation from Referee Carey - The Buffalo News
"Here was the pool report I did with Referee Mike Carey on why his crew went back onto the field after the game to see if there was going to be a review of Da'Norris Searcy's game-ending interception in the end zone against the Raiders."

Bills use ferocious comeback to stun Raiders - The Buffalo News
"With head coach Chan Gailey picking out winner after winner from his play sheet and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick dissecting the Oakland defense, the Bills stormed past the Raiders, 38-35."

Latest comeback stirs memories, provides hope - Jerry Sullivan
"Sound familiar? Well, it was the first time the Bills scored 35 points in the second half of a home game since a fairly memorable playoff win over Houston in January 1993. You remember, right? You were one of the 125,000 who showed up that day, and you never left the stadium early, either."

A no-name no longer, Nelson gets caught up in the moment - The Buffalo News
"David Nelson's first move after the game was hugging his girlfriend and family, who had flown into Buffalo from Dallas for the weekend and watched him make the biggest catch of his life in the best game of his career. Tears streamed down his cheeks, and presumably the same was true for them."

A humbled Hansen shares big day with family, friends - The Buffalo News
"I was consistent, dependable and accountable," Hansen said. "It's not fancy, but I was great supporting cast for this team. You could depend on me. I wanted to present that image. It was important to me."

McKelvin on defensive after rookie's big day - The Buffalo News
"Remember all those serious questions folks had about Leodis McKelvin, whether he will ever play consistently enough to warrant being a starting cornerback? Well, McKelvin's performance against the Oakland Raiders will have many revisiting that issue."

After further review, the final score stands; Bills' Parrish, Urbik injured - The Buffalo News
"We were in there high-fiving and congratulating each other," Gailey said. "I knew they had to look at it. Searcy said he had the ball the whole way and it wasn't an issue. You have to trust your players, but when he puts his head under the hood, you never know."

Quarterly Report: Bills 38, Raiders 35 - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan takes a quarterly look at the game and the contrast is stark.

Buffalo Bills' new traffic policy eased congestion | Democrat and Chronicle
"Since the lots opened an hour later than previous years, fewer people arrived early. That meant the roads leading to the stadium from Interstate 90 were more congested at mid-morning."

Convalescing Ralph Wilson misses a Buffalo Bills thriller | Democrat and Chronicle
"Ralph Wilson was unable to attend a Bills home opener for the first time in the 52 years he has owned the team, and he missed one of Buffalo's most exciting victories ever." Sal Maiorana goes through some of the most memorable.

Sal's Six Points: The Answers | Democrat and Chronicle
"Reporter Sal Maiorana offers answers to the questions he asked about the Bills before they played, and beat, the Raiders on Sunday."

Buffalo Bills win thriller over Oakland Raiders | Democrat and Chronicle
"In a game reminiscent of sandlot football, where the team with the ball last wins, the Buffalo Bills pulled out a wild 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders today in their season opener in front of 68,191 fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Buffalo Bills coaches have young team believing | Democrat and Chronicle
So this is what Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey were talking about when they sent Lee Evans packing. Why they traded a productive, popular, experienced wide receiver - one of the team's few proven veteran stars - and said: "Watch. Watch what Stevie Johnson, David Nelson and Donald Jones can do."

For Buffalo Bills fans, riveting win over Raiders was a pleasure | Democrat and Chronicle
"This is my 22nd year covering the Bills full time for this newspaper, and my 30th year covering them in some capacity for a variety of publications, so I've seen quite a bit of football played at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Thus, for me to say that Sunday's 38-35 Buffalo victory over the Raiders was one of the most entertaining games I've ever seen there is saying something."

Ryan Fitzpatrick rallies Buffalo Bills past Oakland Raiders | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Bills rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat the Raiders on a last-second Ryan Fitzpatrick TD pass to David Nelson."

Wrap-up: Bills 38, Raiders 35 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Let's take a look at the Buffalo Bills' come from behind, 38-35, victory over the Oakland Raiders. "

Reaction: Bills 38 - Raiders 35 - WGR 550
"This was a game for the ages. Literally, everything you could have wanted was had out of this game. Now we get to see how far this team really has come next weekend against the New England Patriots -- and more importantly -- see if Ryan Fitzpatrick is the franchise quarterback everyone has been waiting for."

HAMILTON: That's The Drive We've Been Waiting For - WGR 550
"14 plays, 80 yards. We've all seen better drives, but this one in the fourth quarter for the Bills is special. How many times last year did the Bills lose in overtime? How many times did the Bills lose by three points or less?"

Nelson gives Bills 'it' factor - Niagara Gazette
Add David Nelson to the list of dependable Bills, says Jonah Bronstein.

Wide receivers take blame for Bills’ sloppy first half - Dunkirk | The Observer
"We knew we shot ourselves in the foot the first half," Nelson said. "We know what we have in the receiver group. We felt we were the reason we were down. We never single anyone out individually. If I have a drop, it's our receiver group that has a dropped pass. We knew if we could make plays and capitalize, things would go smoothly."

Bills come back to beat Raiders, week two team report card - MPNnow
"That was the most exciting Buffalo Bills game I can remember in recent years. The Bills played an awful first half, but their offense couldn't be stopped in the second half leading a 38-35 comeback win in the team's home opener."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - More thrills from 2-0 Bills
"This sends a message to everybody that we’re not the old Buffalo Bills," said receiver David Nelson, who found himself so wide open in the end zone for the dramatic winning score that not even the worst of the Bills quarterbacks of the past could have missed him. "We’re here to compete. We’re taking it game by game, but we’re here to make the playoffs."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills had to wait for win
"We’re the Raiders, really?," defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. "You think we were going to get that?"

Oakland Raiders lose to Buffalo Bills 38-35 in gut-wrenching fashion - Inside Bay Area
"Had Johnson held on, none of the melodrama that played out over the next several minutes would have been necessary, although he wasn't the only guilty party on defense."

Raiders give way to Bills, allow 35-point 2nd half -
"The Bills had 40 offensive plays in the second half Sunday, and while it might seem as though the Raiders didn't play defense on any of them, there were two on which they were actually in the right place."

Gutierrez: Raiders 'D' deserves an 'F' for effort - CSN Bay Area
"To paraphrase boxing announcer Larry Merchant from his in-ring interview the night before with Floyd Mayweather Jr., even Merchant himself would have kicked the Oakland defense's, um, backside."

Raiders Lose Thriller in Buffalo -
A blow-by-blow of the Raiders loss to the Bills.

NFL fans miss final seconds of Raiders-Bills contest in L.A. television market - LA Daily News
Before the shotgun snap even took place with Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick calling signals, the swirling CBS logo came up, followed by a commercial for McDonald's sausage McMuffins, one for a cell phone company, another for Nissan, one more for McDonald's extra-value menu, a station promo the "CSI" season premiere, and then an aerial shot of with Jim Nantz proclaiming: "Looking down at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. - Chargers, Patriots ... hello friends."

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills rally for 38-35 win over Raiders –
"In the parking lots, horns blared as delirious Buffalo Bills fans poured out of Ralph Wilson Stadium, just like the old days."

Take 2: Bills by the Numbers |
"The Bills rallied to beat the Raiders with 35 second half points in a 38-35 win. But there some other interesting numbers beyond the score that tell the story of this game."

Immediate Reactions: Bills 38, Raiders 35 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA . . .LIVE
"The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 again... and it sure is awesome. Fitzmagic!"

These aren’t the same old Bills | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills offense - especially their offensive line - is no longer a weakness. Buffalo trailed 21-3 at halftime, but came back with five touchdowns on five possessions in second half."

Week Two Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills still have to show that they can compete with teams like the Jets and Patriots. And if the Bills can’t win the AFC East, they’ll need to box out at least one quality opponent in their own division or from the AFC North."

Bills fear Fitzpatrick’s leverage will only increase | ProFootballTalk
"Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract expires after this season. And with each passing week, his value will potentially increase."

Bills Videos -
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