The Buffalo Bills were up by a touchdown and driving with about eight minutes to go in their game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Tyrod Taylor dropped back, misfired, and got up off the turf and Bills fans were still apprehensive, knowing Denver could come back and tie. But then something strange happened after Von Miller took down Taylor.
On replay, most Bills fans said “psyche!” or the famous Wayne’s World catchphrase “not!” or something else depending on their age. We knew it was all in good fun, but the referee threw the flag anyway despite both Miller and Taylor laughing about it. Buffalo was able to bleed more than four additional minutes off the clock and kick a field goal that put the game out of reach.
“Me and Von came out the same year. We are good friends and we were actually laughing on the field,” said Taylor after the game. “I do not think he knew, I honestly did not know at the time it was going to be a flag, like I said we were laughing. It ended up working out in our favor. I guess a bad play by him at the time, pretty sure he wish he could have that back, but you have to move forward.”
Taylor was still chuckling post-game, saying he “got played” by an “old-school move”. Miller took a different albeit reserved tone.
“I can’t put my team in situations like that,” said a now-serious Miller after the game. “I brought us home field many times, I’ve closed games fifty million times. I’ve got to be smarter than that. I’m always on the rookies and all the young guys [about] ‘being smart and doing this and doing that’. Then I go out there and do something like that, in a crucial situation in the game, I’ve just got to be better than that. It hits you in the stomach. I haven’t been in situations [like that] since my rookie season. One thing about it, I’m always, regardless, I always learn from my mistakes, I just can’t kill us. I killed the game today with that penalty. I’ve just got to be better than that, and I will be better than that.”
Like Taylor said, Miller said his previous relationship with the quarterback caused him to slip up where he normally wouldn’t.
“I just wasn’t thinking,” continued Miller. “I know Tyrod, he was talking, smiling. I don’t even talk to quarterbacks, I don’t even do anything with quarterbacks. But I know Tyrod, we were kind of laughing and joking through the whole game. On that play, I just made a very, very crucial mistake at a vital point in the game.”
Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe spoke for a lot of fans on Sunday. Mile High Report, our Broncos blog, certainly wasn’t pleased with the call.
Bills fans have been on the short end of that stick plenty of times. Jerry Hughes was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for tapping his own teammate’s helmet. We get it, but we we’ll take it.