Bills set another new low in 45-3 loss at 49ers

Associated Press Published: October 7, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chan Gailey had few words and few ways to describe what he had just witnessed.

The beleaguered Buffalo Bills and their baffled coach walked out of Candlestick Park on the wrong side of another lopsided game and another San Francisco 49ers record — and quite a few others, too.

A week after allowing 45-second half points to the New England Patriots, the Bills hit a new low. Buffalo allowed a franchise-record 621 yards, losing 45-3 to San Francisco on Sunday.

"I have no answers and no excuses," Gailey said. "I don't have the answers and I have to find the answers. That's my job."

Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, and Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score as San Francisco surpassed its own franchise mark. The team's previous best was 598 yards in a 34-31 loss to the Bills on Sept. 13, 1992, which also had been Buffalo's worst.

Michael Crabtree (seven catches for 113 yards) and Vernon Davis (seven catches for 106 yards) each eclipsed the century mark as San Francisco (4-1) became the first team in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing. Even Randy Moss, rarely targeted in his comeback, caught a pass for 11 yards.

Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall pick out of Utah, threw TD passes of 43, 28 and 10 yards and exceeded 300 yards passing for only the third time in his career — and first in a victory. The last time came when he had 309 yards passing in a loss at Philadelphia two years ago — "a completely different world," he said — in coach Mike Singletary's final season.

"Quarterback was near perfect," new coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Even for a franchise that knows disappointment, never has Buffalo had such a horrendous two-week stretch.

The Bills allowed 580 total yards in that humiliating 52-28 home loss to New England last week. Beginning a two-game road trip, Buffalo's baggage also traveled to the West Coast.

Rian Lindell kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter before the 49ers scored the final 42 points to hand Buffalo (2-3) its second straight embarrassing loss.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 126 yards and an interception, and the Bills rushed for only 89 yards, most with the game well out of hand once again.

Since taking a 21-7 lead against the Patriots, Buffalo has been outscored 90-10. The Patriots and 49ers combined to gain 1,201 yards, and the Bills became the first team to give up at least 550 yards in consecutive games in the same season since the 1950 New York Yanks.

"They flat-out dominated the game from end to end," Fitzpatrick said. "We just got beat bad by a better team today. There was no fancy stuff. They are who they are and they just played better."

Far better.

With the Bills unable to slow anybody down on defense, San Francisco abandoned its usually conservative game plan to deliver a scintillating show in the air.

Smith, who sprained his middle finger in the fourth quarter, completed 18 of 24 passes. He also had a perfect 158.3 passer rating in the first half, when he threw for 237 yards — a career best for a half.

The longest completion Smith had in the first four weeks was for 29 yards. In the first half alone, he completed a 53-yarder to Davis that set up a field goal by David Akers, a 43-yard touchdown to Kyle Williams and hooked up with Crabtree for 36 yards.

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