Bills' comeback falls short; lose 31-25 in Seattle

November 7, 2016
The Buffalo Bills have not won a Monday Night Football game since 1999 when Doug Flutie led the Bills to a 23-18 win over Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. Since then, the Bills are 0-4 on Monday night while being outscored 123-95 by the opposition.

In 2016, the Bills looked for a chance to break the losing streak in Seattle against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. After falling behind, the Bills tried to make a comeback against a challenging Seattle defense. Unfortunately, the Seahawks held off any chances the Bills threw at them late for a 31-25 win.

The last time the Bills had faced the Seahawks was back on December 16, 2012. That day, the Bills hosted the Seahawks as part of the Toronto Series at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. That game, the Seahawks put up 50 points on the Bills in a 50-17 win.

The Bills defense started the game by forcing the Seahawks to go three-and-out on their first drive of the game.

On the Seahawks punt, pass rusher Jerry Hughes would get a hand on the football to block it. The Bills recovered the Bills at the 3-yard line to give the offense a first and goal.

On the first play on offense, quarterback Tyrod Taylor kept the football himself and gave the Bills their first points on the night. Dan Carpenter's extra-point gave the Bills a 7-0 lead just 1:28 into the first quarter.

On the next offensive drive for the Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson found wide receiver Doug Baldwin for a 53-yard pass to get Seattle to the Bills' three-yard line. On the next play, Wilson rolled out for a three-yard touchdown run to tie the football game.

Buffalo's next drive saw the Bills kill 10-minutes of the clock as Taylor drove the team 75-yards down the field. On third and goal from the Seattle 5-yard line, Taylor found wide receiver Justin Hunter for the go-ahead touchdown. Carpenter's extra-point gave Buffalo a 14-7 lead with 2:21 to go in the quarter.

The Seahawks took their next drive down the other way to set themselves up for another game-tying score. The Seahawks ended up getting to the Buffalo 17-yard line before the end of the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Wilson lobbed a pass to tight end Jimmy Graham for a 17-yard grab. Graham was well covered by Bills safety Robert Blanton, but Graham hauled it in to tie the game at 14-14.

The Bills chewed up more time on the clock on their next drive with a drive that lasted 12 plays for 5:22. The Bills got as far as the Seattle 6-yard line before Taylor was sacked on third down by Cliff Avril and Frank Clark. The Bills settled for a 31-yard field goal from Carpenter to take a 17-14 lead.

Later in the quarter, the Seahawks take a 21-17 lead on the Bills with a 3-yard run from running back, Christine Michael.

Wilson and Graham are able to connect once again with one minute to go in the half on an 18-yard pass. Graham made another spectacular one-handed catch in the endzone to make it a two-score game.

At the end of the half, all hell broke lose. The Bills lined up for a 54-yard field goal with three seconds to go when Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman jumped offsides at the line. Sherman proceeded to run into Carpenter as he attempted the field goal but was only flagged for the offsides. After a delay of game penalty, the Bills got backed up once again to try a 54-yard field goal. Carpenter would miss the 54-yard attempt as time expired in the half. The score remained 28-17 in favor of the Seahawks.

The Bills started the third quarter with the football, and the Bills took the Ball into Seattle territory. However, Taylor gets intercepted by Sherman in the endzone after some miscommunication between Taylor and his receiver.

After a Seattle punt, the Bills take the ball 82 yards down the field with a chance to cut into the Seahawks lead. Before the Bills' next score, the clock struck zero with the score still sitting at 28-17.

On the second play of the fourth, Bills running back Mike Gillislee powered his way into the endzone for his fourth touchdown of the year. The Bills ended up going for two and were successful on a quarterback sneak from Taylor.

On the touchdown, Bills center Eric Wood left the game on a cart with a right leg injury. After the game, head coach Rex Ryan said that Wood suffered a broken leg.

The Seahawks answered Buffalo's touchdown drive with a 49-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka to make the score 31-25 with 9:49 left to go in the game.

Buffalo's next drive took them down the field into Seattle territory with the Bills looking to take the lead. The Bills came up with a third-down conversion and a couple of nice plays from Taylor and Gillislee on the drive. After a tripping call on Cordy Glenn, the Bills found themselves in a 3rd and long situation outside of field goal range. On the third down play, the Bills ran a draw play to LeSean McCoy for negative yardage. The Bills ended up punting with 3:22 to go in the game.

The Seahawks went three-and-out on their next drive after a huge sack from Kyle Williams on third down to force a Seattle punt.

Taylor drove the Bills down the field and deep into Seattle territory with time running out on the clock. The Bills got into the redzone in the final minute of play with a chance to at least tie the game. However, the Bills ran out of downs inside the 10-yard line and the Seahawks held on to win the game.

The Bills are now sitting at 4-5 in the standings as they head into the bye week. Up next for the Bills is a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday November 20. Kickoff from Cincinnati is set for 1 p.m., and you can hear it on WGR with John Murphy, Mark Kelso, and Sal Capaccio on the call.

1st Quarter:
0-0 - Bills block punt (13:45)

  • Bills pass rusher Jerry Hughes blocks a punt from Jon Ryan, recovered at the Seattle 3-yard line

7-0 Buffalo - Bills touchdown (13:32)
  • Quarterback Tyrod Taylor rolls out for a 3-yard TD run, Carpenter extra-point is good
Drive info: 1 play, 3 yards, :04

7-7 - Seahawks touchdown (12:21)
  • Quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out for a 3-yard TD run, Ryan extra-point is good
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yards, 1:11

14-7 Buffalo - Bills touchdown (2:21)
  • Taylor connects with wide receiver Justin Hunter for a 5-yard TD pass, Carpenter extra-point is good.
Drive info: 17 plays, 75 yards, 10:00

2nd Quarter:

14-14 - Seahawks touchdown (14:54)

  • Wilson finds tight end Jimmy Graham for a 17-yard TD pass, Ryan extra-point is good.

Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards, 2:27

17-14 Buffalo - Bills field goal (9:35)

  • Carpenter is successful on a 31-yard field goal attempt
Drive info: 12 plays, 62 yards, 5:22

21-17 Seattle - Seahawks touchdown (4:29)
  • Running back Christine Michael runs for a 3-yard TD run, Ryan extra-point is good
Drive info: 3 plays, 40 yards, 1:42

28-17 Seattle - Seahawks touchdown (1:00)
  • Wilson connects with Graham for an 18-yard TD pass, Ryan's extra-point is good
Drive info: 6 plays, 68 yards, 1:19

28-17 Seattle - Bills missed field goal (0:01)
  • Carpenter misses a field goal attempt from 54-yards out at the end of the half

3rd Quarter:

28-17 Seattle - Seahawks interception (10:30)

  • Taylor is picked off in the endzone by cornerback, Richard Sherman

4th Quarter:

28-25 Seattle - Bills touchdown (14:28)

  • Running back Mike Gillislee punches it into the endzone on a 1-yard run, Taylor sneaks it in for a successful two-point conversion
Drive info: 13 plays, 82 yards, 6:49

31-25 Seattle - Seahawks field goal (9:49)

  • Kicker Steven Hauschka is successful on his 49-yard field goal attempt
Drive info: 8 plays, 44 yards, 4:37

Individual Stats:

Tyrod Taylor - 27 of 38, 289 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Russell Wilson - 20 of 26, 282 yards, 2 TDs

LeSean McCoy - 21 carries, 85 yards
Tyrod Taylor - 8 carries, 43 yards, 1 TD
Mike Gillislee - 8 carries, 32 yards, 1 TD
Jerome Felton - 1 carry, 2 yards

Tyler Lockett - 1 carry, 13 yards
Russell Wilson - 3 carry, 10 yards, 1 TD
C.J. Prosise - 3 carries, 9 yards
Christine Michael - 5 carries, 1 yard, 1 TD

Robert Woods - 10 receptions, 162 yards
Marquise Goodwin - 4 receptions, 43 yards
LeSean McCoy - 4 receptions, 35 yards
Reggie Bush - 2 receptions, 22 yards
Charles Clay - 3 receptions, 9 yards
Walter Powell - 1 reception, 9 yards
Justin Hunter - 1 reception, 5 yards
Mike Gillislee - 2 reception, 4 yards

Jimmy Graham - 8 receptions, 103 yards, 2 TDs
Doug Baldwin - 6 receptions, 89 yards
Jermaine Kearse - 2 receptions, 36 yards
Tyler Lockett - 1 reception, 17 yards
Brandon Williams - 1 reception, 16 yards
Paul Richardson - 1 reception, 15 yards
C.J. Prosise - 1 reception, 6 yards

Team Stats:
Total Yards:

BUF - 425
SEA - 278

Passing Yards:
BUF - 263
SEA - 245

Rushing Yards:
BUF - 162
SEA - 33

BUF - 11 for 115 yards
SEA - 10 for 75 yards

Time of Possession:
BUF - 40:17
SEA - 19:43