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Points after: Titans 35, Bills 34

By Tim Graham

Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' rollicking 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans this afternoon in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills were a minute away from being on top of the AFC East at 4-3, but are 3-4 instead. The winner of the New York Jets at New England Patriots game will have sole possession of first place.

Could've been the star of the game: Ryan Fitzpatrick was terrific for most of the game. He was 27 of 35 for 225 yards and three touchdowns, including bullets to Donald Jones and Stevie Johnson.

But Fitzpatrick fumbled away the first play of the second half and opened the door for Tennessee with an interception inside the final three minutes. The Titans converted both turnovers into touchdowns, including the winner with 53 seconds to play.

Star of the game: Titans running back Chris Johnson ran nine times for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the first half on his way to 195 yards for the game. On the first play of the Titans' second series, Johnson sprinted through a crease and bolted 83 yards for a touchdown, establishing another long day for the Bills' run defense.

Bills play of the day: On a third-and-2 play late in the third quarter, Stevie Johnson ran a skinny post and beat cornerback Jason McCourty for an easy 27-yard touchdown that gave the Bills their first lead at 34-28.

Stat line of the game: Bills running back Fred Jackson had 17 touches (nine carries, eight catches) for 140 yards and a touchdown.

Titans juggernaut: The Bills' defense did an excellent job of taking Titans punter Brett Kern of Grand Island out of the game. The Titans converted four of their five third downs in the first half and nine of 14 for the game.

Preliminary injury report: Bills right guard Chad Rinehart was carted off the field in the third quarter with a left leg injury and didn't return. Sam Young replaced him.

Coming up: The Bills are on their bye week. When they return, they will play road games against the Houston Texans and Patriots.

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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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