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Bills-Titans final score: Buffalo ekes out ugly 14-13 win

It was not even remotely pretty, but Tyrod Taylor gutted through the second half and scrounged up two touchdowns in a 14-13 road win for the Bills over the Titans.

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An ugly win is still a win. Or, something.

Tyrod Taylor scrounged up two second-half touchdowns - the first a 22-yard run, the second a go-ahead, two-yard pass to Chris Hogan - and Stephon Gilmore intercepted Marcus Mariota on the final meaningful possession of the game to net the Buffalo Bills a 14-13 road win over the Tennessee Titans.

Taylor, playing through an obvious lower leg injury, was the spark the Bills needed in the second half; he ran for 76 yards on eight carries with the touchdown, and only needed a couple of big throws in the fourth quarter (both to Hogan) to put the Bills back in the lead. He even caught a pass from Hogan on the go-ahead drive, and his 185 yards of total offense was a huge chunk of the output on an otherwise terrible day for that unit.

Defensively, the Bills were stellar despite playing the vast majority of the first half while the offense struggled. Mariota was sacked twice and threw the deciding interception with less than a minute remaining, and even as the Titans dominated the first half, the defense only surrendered three points. The numbers aren't there, but this is what Buffalo's defense was expected to do this season: bail the offense out long enough to give them a shot at winning the game.

That happened in Nashville, and the Bills have squeaked through to a 3-2 start. Coming up next week: a big home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. We'll talk about that one eventually; for now, let's all revel in the fact that the Bills managed to win today.