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The Buffalo Bills fell to the Tennessee Titans yesterday. Get all of the post-game information you can stomach right here.

Rick Stewart

Titans escape with 35-34 win over Bills -
"On that last drive, if you would’ve asked me or told me we’re putting our defense on the field with a minute to go in the game and it’s 4th-and-10 plus with a minute to go to win the game and put it away I would’ve said there’s no doubt," said Kelvin Sheppard. "That’s just unacceptable. That’s not on Wannstedt. That’s not on any of the coaches. That’s on the players because the players were in position on almost all of those plays to make the play."

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "This one stings" -
"I just got greedy in a situation that I did not have any business being greedy in. It was a dumb throw, dumb decision by me. Third down at the end of the game, game on the line, Chan (Gailey) put the ball in my hands essentially and I threw an interception. So that one hurts."

Chan Gailey: Bills will "reevaluate everything" -
"Lack of execution on our part all the way around in the fourth quarter. That is how."

Nick Barnett: "We're making too many mistakes" -
"We are definitely tired – tired of not playing to our capabilities. There is nothing wrong with this defense. As far as the schematics of the defense, it is one of the best schemes you could have in the NFL, for me personally. We just did not execute and that is the problem. As players we have to take responsibility to go out there and execute and we did not. And we should not be talking about this in week seven. If we are going to lose a game we need to be beat, and not give it up. And that is what we did."

Players react after loss to the Titans -
Stevie Johnson, Chris Kelsay, C.J. Spiller, George Wilson, and Mario Williams talk about the loss to the Titans.

Inside The Bills | Merriman’s role moving forward
"We’ve lost Mark Anderson for an extended period of time here and we’re looking for who can help us in the pass rush," said Gailey. "It’s hard to go into a ball game with three defensive ends and think they’re going to be great and fresh the whole time, especially in the fourth quarter. So he’s a guy that can give us some pass rush. If we can play good run defense, 2nd-and-log, 3rd down, whenever we feel passing situations come up we think he’s still got some juice on the pass rush."

Inside The Bills | Chris Johnson not shy about success
"I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad game versus them, but it seems like my offensive line they come through when we come down here," he said after the game. "They did a great job of getting on the linemen and getting to the second level of the linebackers and my fullback did a great job of blocking all game."

Inside The Bills | Shep: It’s just sickening
"On that last drive, if you would’ve asked me or told me we’re putting our defense on the field with a minute to go in the game and it’s 4th-and-10 plus with a minute to go to win the game and put it away I would’ve said there’s no doubt," Sheppard told "That’s why I’m hurt. When I say me I’m speaking for the whole defense. That’s just unacceptable."

Inside The Bills | Consistency still hard to find
"I think being able to come out and play well week in and week out is what winning football teams do and we haven’t done that," Kyle William said. "Sometimes we start fast and sometimes we don’t. If we want to be a winning football team and be consistent we’ve got a long way to go."

Titans beat Bills on late Hasselbeck TD pass - The Buffalo News
"At this point the talking is done," Sheppard said. "It’s over. To lose a game like that in front of your home crowd, it’s embarrassing and it’s pretty sickening."

Bills notebook: Polian goes on Wall of Fame - The Buffalo News
"This is right at the top," he said before the Bills’ 35-34 loss to Tennessee. "You learn as you go through a long career that the accolades and the trophies and even the rings don’t mean much. In the end what you’re left with are the experiences, the friendships and the memories, and I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything in the world."

'D’ fails to pull out all the stops - The Buffalo News
"The defense that was expected to be improved this season instead lived down to its 31st ranking. Johnson rushed for 195 yards on 18 carries. The Titans went 9 for 14 on third down and 1 for 2 on fourth, with the success coming on Hasselbeck’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington with 1:03 to play."

Report card: Both porous D’s given a run for their money - The Buffalo News
"Run defense: F. I considered giving the Bills a D- because Chris Johnson is so dynamic, but four other teams held him to fewer than 24 yards this year. The Bills made Johnson look like Barry Sanders against a beer-league team. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams was bewildered by all the defensive breakdowns against the run, calling them 'ridiculous.'"

Quarterly report: Titans 35, Bills 34 - The Buffalo News
If you dare, check out the quarter-by-quarter look at the loss to the Titans.

Gleason: Play of defense enough to bring tears to your eyes - The Buffalo News
"Make one play, and the Bills go into the bye week with a respectable 4-3 record that would have ensured them a tie atop the AFC East. Make one play, and embarrassing games against New England and San Francisco are forgotten along with the humiliating first half against Tennessee that put Buffalo in this position in the first place. Just make a play."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills quarterback talks about the 35-34 loss to the Titans."

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills head coach talks about the 35-34 loss to the Titans."

Kyle Williams Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams talks about the 35-34 loss to the Titans."

Bill Polian Press Conference - VIDEO -
"2012 Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame inductee Bill Polian talks about the great honor and his return to Buffalo."

Bills Roundup: Late Turnover Costs Buffalo - VIDEO -
"Buffalo's offense played well on Sunday, but an interception late in the game proved costly, and the defense couldn't stop the Titans on 4th down, as Tennessee edged Buffalo 35-34."

Video: Replay [BN]TheHuddle | Press Coverage
"[BN]TheHuddle was your source for coverage of today's Bills-Titans game. Lauren Mariacher and Tim Graham kicked it off with a discussion of what went wrong for the Bills today in their home loss to the Titans. And Bucky Gleason and John Vogl called in to give their thoughts on the game."

Video: Skurski, Gleason on Bills' loss to Titans | Press Coverage
"Jay Skurski and Bucky Gleason report from Ralph Wilson Stadium where the Tennessee Titans staged a late rally, scoring on a fourth-down play in the closing seconds, topping the Buffalo Bills, 35-34, at Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Talent? What talent? Kyle Williams blasts Bills' D play | Press Coverage
"Well, I've got to look at it and say the talent is, uh, you know, I mean," Williams ended that thought and started over. "You're not very talented if you're doing what we've been doing, OK?," he continued. "I've said it from the very beginning when we were at training camp. Talent doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what things look like on paper, what you say. 'We're going to be good because look at this sheet of paper.' That doesn't matter.

Time to reassess, but Gailey backs Fitzpatrick, Wannstedt | Press Coverage
"Gailey reiterated his faith in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt after Sunday's disheartening 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans."

Video: Fitzpatrick, Gailey on Bills' loss to Titans | Press Coverage
"Bills quarterback and coach reflect on team's home loss to the Tennessee Titans, 35-34:"

Points after: Titans 35, Bills 34 | Press Coverage
"Titans juggernaut: The Bills' defense did an excellent job of taking Titans punter Brett Kern of Grand Island out of the game. The Titans converted four of their five third downs in the first half and nine of 14 for the game." I see the sarcasm there...

Audio: Bill Polian talks about joining Bills' Wall of Fame | Press Coverage
"Former Buffalo Bills General Manager Bill Polian, the architect of the 1990s teams that went to four straight Super Bowls, will be the 28th person to join the team's Wall of Fame during a halftime ceremony today. He spoke about the honor prior to kickoff."

WGR 550 - HAMILTON: Bills Give Away Their Season
"After seven games going into the bye week I think I’ve seen enough of the Bills to know not only are they not improved from last year, they’re actually worse. When asked after the game Chan Gailey said no when asked if he’d consider any coaching changes during the bye week."

WGR 550 - Sideline Reactions: Titans 35 - Bills 34
"The one that got away. When the Buffalo Bills ultimately look back on the 2012 season, this Tennessee game may just be the one that they point to where it all went wrong."

WGR 550 - SIMON: Stomach Turning Defense
"It hurts from a mental standpoint as well. The Bills could have built off the victory in Arizona and taken some momentum down to Texas in two weeks. Instead the Bills seem like they’re headed for a 13th straight non-playoff season. Gailey drops to 13-26 as Bills Head Coach, a record that is seven games worse than Dick Jauron’s at the same point."

Leo Roth: Buffalo Bills have plenty of names to play blame games | Democrat and Chronicle
"Buffalo is the most disappointing and underachieving team in the NFL and one needn’t look any farther than Nix’s decisions on his head coach, his quarterback and his one big free agent move to understand why."

Buffalo Bills sink after late rally by Tennessee Titans - Democrat and Chronicle
"They shouldn’t even be in the game with us," Barnett said. "I hate to sit here and say this because we lost, but they shouldn’t be in the game with us. We should have beat them - bad."

Buffalo Bills' losing excuses are tired - Democrat and Chronicle
"Mario Williams said he doesn’t care what we think about his performance. Truthfully, there hasn’t been a performance to care about."

Bill Polian enshrined on Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame - Democrat and Chronicle
"No one will ever go to four straight Super Bowls again,’’ Polian said. "And the man that made it all possible for all of us, my mentor, my friend, the man who taught me all I know about professional football and most of what I know about life, Marv Levy."

Sal's Six Points: Answered - Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana asked a bunch of questions before the game. He didn't get the answers he wanted.

Report card - Democrat and Chronicle
Handing out grades can be fun. This wasn't.

Five things we learned about AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
3. Bills are officially pretenders and 4. Buffalo won't (and shouldn’t) bench Fitzpatrick.

Wrap-up: Titans 35, Bills 34 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"It means the Bills are officially pretenders. Buffalo blew a fourth-quarter lead and suffered an embarrassing home loss to fall to 3-4 on the season. The Bills laid an egg before the bye. Titans receiver Nate Washington caught the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with one minute left in the game. This team has talent but the inconsistency and lack of mental and physical toughness are major detriments."

Recap: Titans Defeat The Bills In Another Thriller - Music City Miracles
"Chris Johnson exploded for one of the best games of his entire career, but it was just barely enough to give Bud Adams the deep satisfaction of beating the Bills again."

Johnson runs through Bills as Titans prevail, 35-34 - Dunkirk | The Observer
"It was just guys not being where they were supposed to be and you saw that," Bills' safety George Wilson said of the defense's ability to stop the run. "I do not know how long that run was, but you saw the long run as a result. You cannot be inconsistent in your run fits and in your tackling when you are expected to be a good defense."

Titans bury Bills with late TD - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"We've got to call it like it is," said Bills safety George Wilson. "We can't make excuses for why we are where we are. We have to shore this thing up and get ready to make a run when we get back."

Buffalo squanders lead against Tennessee – Week 8 Bills report card - Canandaigua, NY MPNnow
"When the Bills cut the Titans' lead to 28-26 in the third quarter I thought the Bills should've gone for two to tie the game. They could've done it again when they pulled ahead 33-28. That would've forced overtime. Gailey, like most NFL coaches, was too conservative. Grade: C"

Buffalo Bills Week 7 Report Card: Fitzpatrick throws away a victory - Auburn Pub
"It was a frustrating end to the game for the Bills. The offensive unit played well, but the Fitzpatrick interception was the low point. The defense couldn't stop the Titans when it counted. "

Bills just can't stop Titans | Toronto Sun
"The visiting Tennessee Titans got a 15-yard touchdown from Nate Washington with 63 seconds remaining, enough to give the visitors a 35-34 victory over the Bills."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - NFL Games: Bills' loss to Titans indefensible
"I have to look at myself and get better," Mario Williams said in the Bills locker room, long after most of his teammates had departed. "I have a lot of hesitation. It’s on me, and that’s fine. I know I have to change that.

Bad pass by Fitzpatrick sends Bills to shocking loss | Erie Times-News
Shocking? That's the adjective we pick?