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Anatomy of an INT

By Mark Gaughan

Every touchdown and interception has its own story.

Here's the rundown on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s interception on a deep ball down the right sideline for T.J. Graham, who was open by three steps, in the first half of last week's game versus the New England Patriots (from today's Inside the NFL column).

Fitz lined up under center on a second-and-8 play from the Bills' 4. Here’s Bills QB coach David Lee explaining what happened:

"The underthrow was a situation where we rarely ever turn our back to the line of scrimmage and do play action and throw deep. Plus we're talking about T.J. Graham, who is exceptionally fast. And to be honest with you, that look never happened in practice. We never got the one on one look where we were going to throw the go. So it was a combination of he caught a different look -– but he was smart enough to realize it and go one-on-one. And we turned our back and had play action. What he's learned if that happens again is, 'I've got to really hustle my footwork and get the ball in the air in a hurry.' It's got to come off his hands at 10 yards, and it came off at 15 yards."

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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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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 | jskurski@buffnews.com

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