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17 facts about Bills D stats that resemble the debt clock

By Tim Graham

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before the plane lifts off for Phoenix, here's a collection of factoids from the Buffalo Bills' 45-3 loss Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers in Candlestick Park ...

1) The Bills allowed a team-record 621 yards of total offense and have posted two of their three worst defensive performances in franchise history the past two weeks.

2) The Bills became the first team since the 1950 New York Yanks to allow at least 550 yards in consecutive weeks. The Bills surrendered 580 to the New England Patriots a week earlier at home.

3) Buffalo has been outscored 97-31 in its past two games and has allowed 145 points in its three losses.

4) The Bills are the first team in NFL history to let an opponent rush for 300 yards and pass for 300 yards. Against the Patriots, the Bills became only the second NFL team to allow a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard runners and two 100-yard receivers.

5) No NFL team allowed 300 yards rushing -- never mind the 300-yard passer -- in any single game all of last season.

6) The last time a team had as many as 275 yards rushing and passing was 1988, when the Washington Redskins did it.

7) Buffalo's offense gained 204 yards. The 417-yard differential in total offense was the biggest in club history, a robust 18.5 percent more than the previous record of 352 yards against the Baltimore Colts in 1971.

8) Buffalo's 417-yard differential ranks 28th in the NFL since 1940.

9) This is the first time the Bills have allowed at least 500 yards in back-to-back games.

10) Buffalo hadn't allowed a combined 1,000 yards in consecutive games since 1971. Buffalo did it twice that season.

11) The Niners' 311 rushing yards are third-most in Bills history behind 320 allowed to the Dallas Texans in 1962 and 318 allowed to New York Jets in 2009.

12) Sunday's 42-point defeat is the third-biggest in club history behind a 46-point loss to the Patriots in 2007 and a 43-point loss to the Colts in 1971.

13) San Francisco had a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers for the first time since 1961.

14) The Bills have allowed the most rushing touchdowns (nine) and the highest average per carry (5.7) in the NFL. They rank 30th against the run at 171.8 yards a game.

15) Only two defenses have surrendered more than the Bills' 12 passing touchdowns and only three are allowing quarterbacks to average more than their 8.4 yards per throw. Quarterbacks have a 103.6 passer rating versus the Bills, fourth-highest in the NFL.

16) Only two defenses have allowed a better third-down conversion rate than Buffalo's 48 percent.

17) Buffalo's defense is dead last at 6.7 yards allowed per snap. That includes incomplete passes, sacks, etc. San Francisco averaged 9.9 yards every time it ran a play.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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