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Ryan Fitzpatrick not at fault: T.J. Graham accepts blame for pick

By Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie receiver T.J. Graham took the blame for the interception that killed the Buffalo Bills' chance to beat the New England Patriots in the final moments at Gillette Stadium.

Graham admitted he ran the wrong route, breaking behind safety Devin McCourty instead of in front. McCourty intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass with 23 seconds left to seal a 37-31 victory.

"That was a rookie mistake," Graham said at his locker. "I was supposed to cross his face in the front, and it was a good pass. Had I crossed the face, I probably would have made the play."

The Bills had the ball at the Patriots' 15-yard line with 28 seconds and no timeouts when they called the play.

Bills coach Chan Gailey declined to blame Graham after the game.

"It depends on the depth of that thing," Gailey said when asked if Graham made the wrong move. "Sometimes he does [cut across the defender's face] and sometimes he doesn't. It depends on the look that [Graham] gets.

"I'll have to watch the film to see what the depth of that thing was. I don't know.

The Bills traded up to draft Graham in the third round out of North Carolina State, but he has had limited snaps because the coaching staff doesn't fully trust him.

"That might be why I don't get on the field as much," Graham said.

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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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