I am not going to be the one to question or prognosticate as to what happened to the Buffalo Bills today in their game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, but one thing was for certain: their offense was anemic, to put it kindly. Other than wide receiver Terrell Owens reaching a milestone today, the Bills basically mailed it in today while Matt Ryan threw for 3 touchdowns, leading Atlanta to the easy 31-3 thrashing of Buffalo at the Georgia Dome.
The Falcons led 10-0 before adding two third-quarter touchdowns; Ryan completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Marty Booker before defensive end Lawrence Sidbury returned a fumble recovery 11 yards for a 24-0 lead. The Bills finally got on the scoreboard on a 42-yard Rian Lindell field goal with 1:58 left in the third quarter, but then Ryan added a 5-yard scoring pass to White in the fourth quarter.
From the very beginning, Atlanta’s defense pressured Brohm and the Bills. Jonathan Babineaux tackled Fred Jackson for a loss of 2 yards on Buffalo’s first play and then sacked Brohm for a loss of 8 yards on third down, forcing the first of seven punts for the Bills. As previously mentioned, Owens reached a NFL milestone as he caught an 8-yard pass from Brian Brohm, which allowed him to become only the sixth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.
Ryan had a deceptively effective outing, going 18-of-35 for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns while Brohm went 17-of-29 for 146 yards with 2 interceptions. Jason Snelling led the Falcons rushing attack as he rushed 15 times for 68 yards while Jackson led the Bills with 13 carries for 39 yards.
Roddy White led the Falcons receivers with 8 receptions for 139 yards and 2 TD’s while Booker caught 4 passes for 57 yards and a TD; Lee Evans led the Bills with 5 receptions for 43 yards while Owens caught four for 39 yards. Atlanta (8-7) finishes their regular season next Sunday when they visit Tampa to take on the Buccaneers while Buffalo (5-10) returns home for their season finale, hosting the Indianapolis Colts – also next Sunday.
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