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Buffalo Bills news, 12/2: turnovers doom Bills' playoff chances

The Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons played in Toronto yesterday. Read all the game recaps and postgame quotes.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Late fumbles cost Bills victory -
"Buffalo went 59 minutes and 40 seconds of Sunday’s game without a turnover, and then coughed the ball up on consecutive possessions in a 31-31 game at the end of regulation and in overtime and it cost them a win against the Falcons."

Spiller, Jackson roll up yards -
"Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has been patient. Since he arrived back in Buffalo he’s been a proponent of making C.J. Spiller the focal point of the offense. On Sunday Spiller proved him right, and got an assist from his backfield partner in the process."

Half dozen sacks have Bills back on top -
"Hughes led the team with two sacks Sunday, with Dareus, Manny Lawson and Corbin Bryant each chipping in an additional quarterback takedown. Mario Williams also added his 12th sack this season, marking 75 career sacks for the eight-year-veteran." Press Conferences

Doug Marrone: "I'm just hurting"
EJ Manuel: "It's a tough pill to swallow"
C.J. Spiller: "I just saw daylight"

Bills Roundup: Turnovers End Chance at Win - VIDEO -
"Fumbles by Buffalo in the fourth quarter and early in overtime hurt any chance at a late victory, as the Falcons edged the Bills 34-31 in Toronto."

Inside The Bills | Chandler, Stevie come to grips with fumbles
Hear from the two on their costly turnovers. And kudos to Chris Brown for the headline.

Falcons beat fumbling Bills in overtime, 34-31 - Sports - The Buffalo News
The AP recap of the game. "The Bills are 1-5 during the "Bills in Toronto" series in the Rogers Centre, a game that has meant a friendlier, warmer late-season climate for the opposition. This time the loss stings even more, essentially eliminating Buffalo’s hopes for a playoff spot for the 14th straight season, extending the NFL’s longest active streak."

Bills playing in dome away from home exacts a steep price - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Some day, they might even be good enough to rise above the organization handing away their home-field advantage once a year. Alas, they’re now 1-5 in the Toronto series. That has been largely a result of poor personnel and bad coaching. But not this time. This was a circumstance where the neutral site made a big difference."

Missed plays on defense spoil good outing by Bills’ offense - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Still, the offense put up 195 rushing yards and produced 31 points. That should have been good enough to beat an Atlanta team (3-9) that entered Canada on a five-game losing streak."

Spiller mixes explosive runs with rest timeouts - Sports - The Buffalo News
"C.J. Spiller’s 2013 season can be summed up by his Sunday afternoon in the Rogers Centre. The Buffalo Bills’ running back was at times ineffective, at times electrifying, and at times hurt during his team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons."

Bills’ DBs fume over penalty calls - Sports - The Buffalo News
Aaron Williams waited to talk to reporters so he would "cuss ya'll out." He openly questioned the referees - and he should for the phantom illegal contact call on the corner-turned-safety late in the game.

Bills notebook: Toronto crowd shifts into neutral - Sports - The Buffalo News
"We felt the energy," Falcons running back Steven Jackson said. "We felt like we had support on the road, and we needed it in a tough game like this." Other Falcons joined the pile-on party, saying it was a "home game" and "neutral."

Two veterans let Bills’ chances slip away - Sports - The Buffalo News
"It’s got to be the most frustrating one of the year," Fred Jackson said. "You can tell by the way the guys are in the locker room. We gave it away. We didn’t lose that game. We gave it to them. We knew this was a game we had to have. That’s why it stings so much. It was in our grasp, and we let it slip away."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Falcons 34 - Bills 31
"Where did it all go wrong? Let's examine." Two fumbles in three offensive plays, terrible run defense, and inconsistent officiating are all on Joe Buscaglia's list.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: The Bills Need Better Than Stevie
"The thing I want to talk about is Stevie Johnson. I am done with this guy. For years I was his biggest supporter."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Lucy Yanked The Ball Away From Charlie Brown Again
Howard Simon uses a timely pop culture reference to explain what happened yesterday.

Upon Further Review: Bills Week 13 - ESPN
"Bills secondary expected loose officiating: Cornerback Leodis McKelvin said that the Bills had done their homework on official Walt Anderson and his crew and were expecting less penalty flags than the norm. "They let you play. They let you hold. They let you do whatever you gotta do," he said. Robey echoed the same thought. "They let us play all day today," he said."

Buffalo Bills fumble away playoff hopes in Toronto - ESPN
"We're a good team, period. No matter how this game went, we are a good team and we know we are," Johnson said. "It's just going to take more time."

Stevie Johnson, Scott Chandler split on crucial fumbles - ESPN
"Unavoidable mistake or preventable error?"

Rapid Reaction: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"Stock watch: Falling: Stephon Gilmore." Gilmore has struggled all season, says Mike Rodak, and it didn't change yesterday.

Falcons-Bills Recap: Overtime Victory - The Falcoholic
"The Falcons and Bills required five quarters to settle things Sunday evening, and the Falcons came out on top. Here's a drive-by-drive recap of the action."

Bills fumble away a chance to beat the Falcons | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills had to work to lose to the Falcons in Canada Sunday, but they did it."

Nick Mendola expounds upon the annual agony of Bills fans |
"When EJ Manuel made strong throws to try and lead Buffalo on consecutive game-winning drives, Scott Chandler and Stevie Johnson killed the Bills playoff hopes with late fumbles. That’s it. You watched the game. You saw it. Now let’s talk about this brutal bomb of bitterness North of the border…"

Bills weren’t ready to end woeful streak - Olean Times Herald: Sports
"This team, on its faux home field, proved it not yet has the talent, the heart nor the Canadian fan support to end its woeful streak of now 14 years without a post-season berth."

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Ralph Wilson Stadium fit the bill perfectly - City & Region - The Buffalo News
Can you imagine what would have happened if the Bills had built that domed stadium in Lancaster? One reporter tackles the very subject.