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Points after: Colts 20, Bills 13

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon in Lucas Oil Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills' playoff hopes have been crippled. They are 4-7 with five games to play. The Bills went into the game needing to catch the Colts in the wild-card race.

Star of the game: Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck showed why he was the first pick in April's draft. His stats weren't flashy -- 20 of 37 for 240 yards and one touchdown with a tipped interception -- but he ran the offense with the aplomb of a veteran franchise quarterback.

Bills star of the game: Bills defensive end Mario Williams has put together a string of impressive games since his wrist surgery. He had three sacks against the Colts -- all of them on third down.

Play of the day: With the Bills down seven points in the third quarter, the Colts faced a third-and-17 from the Bills' 32-yard line. Luck stepped into a crumbling pocket, bought some time with his feet and found Reggie Wayne for a 25-yard gain. Three plays later, the Colts scored their only offensive TD.

Turnaround play of the day: With less than five minutes to play and the Bills down by seven, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception at the Colts' 24-yard line. On the return, Tom Zbikowski fumbled. Bills receiver Stevie Johnson recovered, giving the Bills a new set of downs.

Stat line of the day: Bills running back C.J. Spiller ran 14 times for 107 yards, a 7.6-yard average. He has gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage six straight games, the longest such Bills streak since Thurman Thomas in 1992-93.

Decision of the day: Bills coach Chan Gailey declined to try a 52-yard field goal with 10:18 left in the second quarter. Instead, he sent out Shawn Powell to punt from the Colts' 34-yard line. Zbikowski made a fair catch at the 11-yard line -- a net gain of 31 yards if Rian Lindell would have missed the field goal.

Preliminary injury report: The neck injury that sidelined Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay the previous two games knocked him out of the game in the first half. He didn't return. Bills fullback Corey McIntyre left the game with 13:19 to play with an apparent leg injury.

Coming up: The Bills will be "home" for the next three games. They'll play the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday and the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 9 in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Then the Bills will drift up to Toronto to play the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 16.

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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.

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