Bills overwhelmed 50-17 by Seahawks in Toronto
- Associated Press
- December 16, 2012 - 8:30 PM
TORONTO - With questions about the future of their coach beginning to swirl, the Buffalo Bills weren't able to quiet the critics.
Russell Wilson ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, and the Seattle Seahawks routed the Bills 50-17 on Sunday. Seattle rolled up 466 yards.
"We played extremely poor offensively and defensively," said Bills coach Chan Gailey, whose job could be in jeopardy. "We played bad. If you play poorly against a good football team, you are going to look extremely bad. We played poorly and we looked extremely bad."
Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had three turnovers on three consecutive third-quarter possessions that led to Seattle (9-5) scoring 17 points to blow open a game in which it led by 14 at halftime.
"I do not feel great about the way we played, especially for a guy (Gailey) that has given so many guys in the locker room opportunities," Fitzpatrick said. "It pains me not to go out there, throw 10 touchdowns every time and win every game. We played poorly, and it reflects poorly on him. It just eats me up, and I know it eats other guys up as well."
After allowing just under 17 points per game over the last four games, the Bills defense could not keep up with Wilson. The rookie quarterback scored on runs of 14-, 25- and 13 yards to become the NFL's first quarterback to run for three scores in one half since Daunte Culpepper did it against Chicago on Sept. 3, 2000, according to STATS. Wilson's 4-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller was his 21st of the season, moving him into a tie for second with Cam Newton among NFL rookies. Only Peyton Manning, with 26 in 1998, has more.
Wilson had 92 yards rushing to give him 402 on the season, setting a Seahawks record by passing Rick Mirer, who had 343 yards rushing in 1993. He also went 14 of 23 for 205 yards before giving way to backup Matt Flynn with five minutes left.
"When he's able to run, it slows your rush down," Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "That's his game, and you see it every week. He does it to everybody, so it wasn't a shock."
Joked safety George Wilson: "When he dropped back to pass, it was like he was dropping back to buy time to scramble."
The Bills (5-9) were entirely outclassed in being eliminated from playoff contention for a 13th season. That's the NFL's longest active drought.
C.J. Spiller scored on a 14-yard run, while Stevie Johnson scored on a 20-yard catch from Fitzpatrick.
Buffalo's now allowed 45 or more points four times this season, and 50 or more twice.
The Seahawks scored 31 points on their first five possessions, and 40 points on their first eight, a stretch in which Canadian-born Jon Ryan punted once.
The Bills scored 10 points in the final 1:10 of the first half to cut the Seahawks' lead to 31-17. But any chance of a comeback ended on Buffalo's first possession of the second half, when Fitzpatrick forced a pass over the middle and was intercepted by linebacker K.J. Wright, who returned it to the Bills 20.
Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch scored on a 13-yard run.
On the next possession, Fitzpatrick had the ball stripped from his hand by defensive end Chris Clemons and the fumble recovered by teammate Bruce Irvin. That led to Steven Hauschka hitting a 33-yard field goal to make it 40-17.
And then it got ugly.
Fitzpatrick turned the ball over a third straight time, when he was intercepted by Earl Thomas. The touchdown was reviewed, and the crowd cheered loudly when referee Scott Green announced that Thomas had caught the ball before it hit the turf.
The announced crowd of 40,770 was well below the downtown domed Rogers Centre's capacity of 54,000.
The Bills dropped to 1-4 in regular-season games at Toronto since the series began in 2008, with their lone win coming last year when they beat Washington 23-0. The Bills and Toronto-based Rogers Communications are closing in on a deal to extend the series, which expired after this game.
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