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Ryan Fitzpatrick in fourth-quarter comeback situations: 5-21

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills are making a point to share the blame over the comeback-killing interception at the end of Sunday's 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

Bills coach Chan Gailey claimed it was his fault for not putting his players in better position for success. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said it was his fault for making sure everybody wasn't on the same page. Rookie receiver T.J. Graham declared it was his fault for running the wrong route.

Whoever's most culpable for the ball landing in Devin McCourty's mitts, a trend remained intact. With the game on the line and the ball in his hands, Fitzpatrick rarely wins.

Ten days ago on the Press Coverage blog, we took a look at Fitzpatrick's paltry win percentage in fourth-quarter comeback situations (with the ball and a tied score or down by one score).

Analyst and researcher Scott Kacsmar's data on fourth-quarter comebacks shows Fitzpatrick was among the NFL's nine worst quarterbacks of the past 40 years.

Fitzpatrick is 5-21 in those situations and 7-22-1 in fourth quarters or overtimes.

Kacsmar also tweeted after Sunday's loss that Fitzpatrick is 2-16 in fourth-quarter comeback opportunities against teams that are .500 or better.

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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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