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Buffalo Bills news, 9/16: does EJ Manuel deserve credit or blame in win?

Does EJ Manuel deserve credit for the comeback win, or blame for the hole the team was in to begin with?

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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.

Go easy on EJ Manuel praise after Bills' victory - ESPN

Mike Rodak isn't wrong. It's just that Buffalo Bills fans don't want to hear it today.

Bills Wall of Famers Honored at Halftime - VIDEO -

"Twenty-eight members of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame were honored during a special halftime ceremony. Hear from former Bills Head Coach Marv Levy, Former QB Jim Kelly and more!" We didn't get to see it on TV, so check it out now.

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Mario makes a difference -
"Williams’ four and a half sacks in Sunday’s win over Carolina (24-23) set a team record for most sacks in a single game. The last Bills defender to have four sacks in a game was Cornelius Bennett, who did it 26 years ago (12/27/87) against Philadelphia."

Stevie comes up clutch -
"I’ve been chasing that play since Pittsburgh," said Johnson. "I’m happy that it happened. The feeling was great, I can’t lie, the feeling was great and we were ecstatic in there, but it’s Week 2. We’ve got to bounce back and get ready for the Jets."

Bills win in dramatic fashion -
"It was an outstanding game," said head coach Doug Marrone. "What I talked to the team about was a great effort defensively on the short fields holding them to three. For them to stand up like that, that’s very difficult to do in this league against a team that has quite a bit of weapons out there. We didn’t do some smart things out there, but I’m proud of this team for believing in one another."

Statement from Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. on the Wall of Fame ceremonies -
"I want to take this opportunity to, once again, thank each of our Wall of Fame members for their outstanding contributions and loyalty to the Buffalo Bills and for making professional football what it is today—the greatest sport in the world. This certainly includes our tremendous fans for their boundless enthusiasm and unwavering loyalty over the years. Today’s celebration shines a well-deserved light on their Wall of Fame honor as well."

Wall of Famers encouraged by team's potential -
Jim Kelly, Joe Ferguson, and Marv Levy like that they see out of the offense and EJ Manuel.

Marrone deals with elation and heartache -
"As Marrone took to the postgame lectern to address the media after Buffalo’s dramatic win he was overcome with emotion, knowing just 24 hours earlier a friend and colleague at Syracuse, Rob Edson, had died suddenly of an apparent heart attack at his Syracuse area home."

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Bills Roundup: Manuel Leads Last Second Win - VIDEO -
EJ Manuel found Stevie Johnson for the go-ahead touchdown with two seconds remaining, and the defense held the Panthers offense in check, in a 24-23 win over Carolina.

Exclusive: Postgame Locker Room Speech - VIDEO -
"Go inside the Bills locker room after the 24-23 win over the Panthers and hear the message from Doug Marrone and Kyle Williams."

Week 2: Panthers vs. Bills highlights - VIDEO -
"Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel becomes the hero of the day as he leads the Buffalo Bills to a last-second, 24-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers."

A poised Manuel drives Bills to comeback win - The Buffalo News
"The final march was mostly a combination of check-down passes and ball-carriers doing a good job of getting out of bounds to stop the clock. But Manuel came up especially big twice. The play before the TD, he eluded the pass rush and scrambled around right end for 9 yards to the Carolina 2. Two plays before that, the Panthers had him dead in the pocket – and a sack would have virtually ended the game. The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Manuel slipped away, spun out of their grasp and dumped the ball off to C.J. Spiller for a 4-yard gain with 21 seconds left."

Peace at home gets Bills’ Williams off rough road - The Buffalo News
"[Mario] Williams admitted that he had been a tormented man for some time. His problems had gone back a good five years, back to his days in Houston, before he found peace. It would be easy to assume years of bottled up angst poured out in a dramatic 24-23 victory over Carolina, a game in which he broke the franchise record for sacks in a game."

Touchdown catch by Bills’ Johnson feels like redemption - The Buffalo News
"The defense showed up. This is the second week in a row where they’ve showed up. We’ve still got to catch up to them," he said. "That’s our challenge as an offense. The special teams, they’re solid, but the offense – we could still be on another level. We’ve got to play catch-up with our defense so we can be a balanced team."

Bills notebook: Spiller gets back on fast track - The Buffalo News
"Spiller ran 16 times for 103 yards, averaging a familiar 6.4 yards per carry. He also caught four passes for 26 yards. And he didn’t fumble."

Bills report card: Pressure from pass defense pays dividends - The Buffalo News
Good grades abound for the Buffalo Bills after their dramatic win.

Mark Gaughan’s quarterly report - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's breakdown of the game.

Points after: Bills 24, Panthers 23 - The Buffalo News
"Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' thrilling victory over the Carolina Panthers in Ralph Wilson Stadium ..."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: Bills' Manuel Brings Hope And Emotion To A Win
"We have spent 10 years explaining away why that game was lost, but now, we’re explaining how the Bills may finally have some play makers. The Bills may finally have some guys that embrace the moment instead of fearing it."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Bills 24 - Panthers 23
"In years past, that was a game Buffalo usually falls on the wrong side of. They vowed as a franchise to become a more aggressive, attacking group to force the issue on their opponents. Two weeks in, the Bills seem as though they have a new identity they're trying on for size."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - SIMON: Thank You EJ!
"I went from depression to euphoria in 1:36 of game clock time. Isn't it nice to be on the winning end of one of these games?"

Buffalo Bills come back to defeat Carolina Panthers | Democrat and Chronicle
"I’m not usually an emotional guy," Manuel continued. "I want to enjoy those types of things because that’s what you’re here for. It's definitely a momentous part of my young career."

Sal Maiorana: Three ... and Out | Democrat and Chronicle
"Sal Maiorana reviews his keys to Sunday's game against Carolina." The answer to each of them was "Yes."

Bills' Frank Summers surprised by penalty - ESPN
"The call ... it all surprised me," Summers said. "Real tough call. On [special] teams you're trying to hold up people."

Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
""That's what I'm talking about! It's a new age, baby!" That sort of excitement, it seems, is par for the course for Hackett, at 33 the NFL's second-youngest offensive coordinator. "

Rapid Reaction: Bills 24, Panthers 23 - ESPN
"Stock watch: Falling -- Manuel. After avoiding critical mistakes in the opener, Manuel was strip-sacked and then intercepted on back-to-back drives in the second half. Both turnovers came deep in Bills territory, but the Bills' defense was able to bail him out, holding the Panthers to field goals both times. Manuel's best throws of the game came in the middle of the field. He struggled in the red zone until the last drive, when he found Johnson, who was wide open. "

Panthers start pointing fingers | Toronto Sun
"Wide receiver Steve Smith called out some of his teammates 'for not executing.'"

Bills come back for stunning win over Panthers | ProFootballTalk
"On a day of manic swings, mistakes by young quarterbacks, injury depleted secondaries and confusion, the Bills stole a 24-23 win on Stevie Johnson’s touchdown with two seconds left." Yeah, that's right.