By Jerry Sullivan
Remember a while back, when offensive coordinator Nate Hackett talked about running C.J. Spiller until he threw up?
Well, another Bills star was talking about losing his lunch late Sunday afternoon, and it had nothing to do with overwork. It was defensive lineman Kyle Williams reacting to the latest heart-wrenching loss to the Patriots.
"Listen, if I had a dollar for every tough one with those freaking guys," Williams said after the Bills lost their opener to the Pats, 23-21, on a late field goal. "It makes me vomit."
I'm sure many Bills fans share the sentiment. The Bills have lost too many of these close games to count during the last decade or so, several of them to the hated Patriots. Sometimes, they blow the Bills out. Other times, they rally from behind and rip your heart out. This was one of those times, as the Patriots rallied from a four-point deficit in the fourth to steal the opener.
Williams has seen it a few times before. In fact, his first NFL game was a two-point loss to New England. In the 2006 opener, the Bills had a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but lost, 19-17. The Bills led by 10 at halftime that day. They scored a bizarre early touchdown when London Fletcher recovered a fumbled kickoff for a TD. This time, they scored on a 74-yard fumble return by Da'Norris Searcy.
In the 2009 season opener, the Bills had a 24-13 lead with 2:12 left at Foxborough on Monday night. They scored a gift defensive TD that night, too, on an interception return by Aaron Schobel. But the Pats scored two late TDs, the second after Leodis McKelvin returned a kickoff from deep in his end zone and fumbled, and the Bills lost that one, 25-24.
Williams said it was tough to swallow. But you have to deal with it and move on. It's a new era, with a new coach and new quarterback. Still, it's hard to accept the same crushing result.
"Coach said hopefully we're going to learn from it and keep pushing and wake up better for it tomorrow," Williams said. "But it doesn't seem like it now."
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