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article imageNFL: Bills bounce back from a loss with 31-24 victory over Eagles

By Austin Tyler     Oct 9, 2011 in Sports
Buffalo - The Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles both took tough losses last week, but only one team could come out on top this week. Michael Vick said the ‘dream team’ label is dead, and after the loss this week they might be as well.
In this Week 5 matchup the Buffalo Bills (4-1) hosted the Philadelphia Eagles (1-4) in front of a crowd that was rowdy as they cheered their team to victory. The Eagles had a tough go at it as they still could not protect Vick, and the Bills defense came out and took advantage of some poor Vick passes to lead them to victory.
The Eagles got the ball to open the game and they began to move the ball and even went for it on fourth down to try and keep the drive going. After converting on the fourth and one Michael Vick (26/40, 315 yards, 2 TD’s, 4 Int’s) threw his first interception that was picked off by Reggie Corner.
After the ball was picked off the Bills took over and used Fred Jackson (26 carries, 111 yards, 1 TD) to move the ball down the field. Jackson busted out with a 15-yard run on the drive as they went 52-yards in seven plays. Ryan Fitzpatrick (21/27, 193 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) also hit Donald Jones (2 receptions, 25 yards) with an 18-yard pass to get them in scoring position. Jackson finished the drive with a 5-yard run to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.
Philadelphia took over again on the ensuing drive and Vick tried to get the offense going as he hit Jason Avant (9 receptions, 139 yards) with a 21-yard pass. The offense could not finish the drive as Vick threw his second interception in as many possessions. Vicks pass was intercepted by George Wilson who gave them good field position again for their drive.
The Bills took over on the drive, but could not capitalize on the turnover as they had to punt the ball away after just six plays for 15-yards. With 1:30 left in the first quarter the Eagles took over and began a drive that went into the second quarter. Vick finally got the offense moving as they marched down the field 72-yards. Vick hit DeSean Jackson (5 receptions, 86 yards, 1 TD) with a 15-yard pass and LeSean McCoy later ran for a 15-yards to keep the drive going. Vick then finished the by connecting with Jeremy Maclin (6 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD) 2-yard pass to tie the game up a seven.
On the ensuing drive the Bills took over and answered with a drive of their own. Jackson started the drive by running the ball, and later Fitzpatrick hit Jackson (6 receptions, 85 yards) with a screen pass that went for 49-yards. Fitzpatrick finished the drive by passing to David Nelson for his only pass of the game for six-yards and a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead.
The Eagles got the ball but gave it right back to them as Vick threw his third interception. Nick Barnett intercepted Vicks pass and took it back 31-yards for a touchdown that gave them a quick 14-point lead, 21-7.
With 3:14 left in the half the Bills got the ball and tried to get them in scoring position before the half was over. Fitzpatrick moved them 40-yards as the Bills mixed the run and the pass to get down the field. The Bills had the drive come to an end as Fitzpatrick had his pass intercepted by Jamar Chaney witched gave them decent field position.
The Eagles tried to move the ball with no timeouts and .39 seconds left. Vick hit Maclin for a 10-yard pass and then scrambled for 12-yards before he spiked the ball to stop the clock. Vick then missed on his next two passes and the Eagles ended the half with no points and down 21-7.
Buffalo got the ball to start the second half and Jackson opened it with a 22-yard run as the Bills ran three straight run plays. The Bills went 85-yards on this drive as Fitzpatrick made to big passes to Naaman Roosevelt (5 receptions, 41 yards) and Steve Johnson (4 receptions, 29 yards) to keep the drive going. Brad Smith then came in at quarterback and Fitzpatrick went to receiver as they ran the wildcat and Smith scored a on a run up the middle. The 5-yard run gave the Bills a 28-7 lead.
The Eagles got the ball to start their first drive of the half and moved the ball 80-yards on their drive. Vick (5 carries, 90 yards) hit Maclin and Avant to get a first-down, and then he scrambled for 53-yards to get the Eagles in Buffalo territory. McCoy then ran in a 10-yard touchdown to make it a 28-14 game.
Philly got the ball back after a punt, but Avant fumbled after a deep pass and Buffalo got the ball back. Jairus Byrd forced the fumble and then recovered it to give the Bills excellent field position. The Bills could not capitalize on the turnover as they were only able to move the ball 21-yards before they settled for a 25-yard field-goal. Rian Lindell came on and made the field-goal to give the Bills a 31-14 lead.
With 1:15 left in the third quarter the Eagles got the ball and moved it quick as Avant caught a 17-yard pass to open the drive. McCoy then ran ball for 15-yards to gain another first down and move them down the field. Vick then finished the 80-yard drive with a 31-yard pass to Jackson for a touchdown to cut the lead down to ten-points, 31-21.
The Bills struggled on their drive and was force to punt the ball away to the Eagles. Vick got the Eagles offense going as he hit Jackson with a 26-yard pass, and then hit McCoy with a 16-yard pass. They kept the ball moving, but could not keep it going as they had to settle for a field-goal. Alex Henery came on and made a 35-yard field-goal to get them within seven-points now, 31-24.
Buffalo’s offense could not get going and was forced to punt the ball again back to the Eagles. With 5:39 left in the game the Eagles had a chance to tie the game, and started the drive off pretty good. Mostly out of shotgun Vick hit Jackson for an 11-yard catch, and then hit Avant for back-to-back passes to keep it going. The Eagles had moved the ball 78-yards, but Vick threw his fourth interception that was picked off Barnett again to seal the game for the Bills.
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