Bills let late lead slip away in loss to Titans

Associated Press Published: October 21, 2012
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills made a costly mistake, then missed an opportunity to regain the momentum. The Tennessee Titans made the most of the small opening.

Two plays after Buffalo safety George Wilson dropped a potential interception, Matt Hasselbeck hit Nate Washington for a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:03 left to lift Tennessee to a wild 35-34 win on Sunday.

The Titans defense set up the decisive drive when cornerback Jason McCourty intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass at midfield with under 3 minutes left.

Before Hasselbeck threw for the winning score, his second-down pass from the Buffalo 17 sailed wide of Washington and toward the open arms of Wilson at the 2. Wilson was unable to corral the errant throw, and Hasselbeck secured the victory with a fourth-and-9 completion to Washington, who had a step on Justin Rogers in the end zone.

It was Hasselbeck's 22nd fourth-quarter comeback win and second in consecutive weeks after he rallied the Titans to a 26-23 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 11.

"I had an opportunity to make a play on the ball, and I didn't come up with it," Wilson said. "Those are the plays that we have to make, and that I have to make. I make that play, and the offense doesn't have to go back out there and score points."

Fitzpatrick also put the blame on himself while explaining his game-changing throw that fell short of intended receiver Donald Jones along the right sideline.

"I got greedy in a situation that I did not have any business being greedy in," Fitzpatrick said. "It was a dumb throw. That one hurts."

The Bills (3-4) have lost three of four heading into their bye week.

"We had a good setup being 3-3 and the AFC East was still wide open," defensive end Chris Kelsay said. "We really put ourselves in a bind."

The Titans (3-4) have won two straight, picking up their first road victory after three consecutive losses.

Chris Johnson led the charge with 195 yards rushing and two TDs. He came into the game with 301 yards rushing and no scores, but he managed to continue his domination of the Bills. In three games against Buffalo, he's combined for 480 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

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