Buffalo (WKBW) The Buffalo defense surrendered a franchise record 621 yards as the Bills were embarrassed for a second straight week in a 45-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The loss dropped the Bills to 2-3 on the year.
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith led the way for the 49ers with a career high 303 yards passing. Smith completed 18 of 24 passes and had three touchdowns on the day. Frank Gore rushed for 106 yards to lead a 49ers offense that racked up 311 yards on the ground.
The Bills were outscored 28-0 in the second half on Sunday, and have now given up 90 points in the last 6 quarters dating back to last weeks 52-28 loss to New England.
"We are not doing the things that we need to do in the second half. Something has to change.", said Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey.
"I told them (players) I have to find a way to get us to play better in the second half. I don't have the answers today. I have to find the answers", continued Gailey.
The Bills were in the game trailing 10-3 late in the second quarter when the 49ers took advantage of an ill timed turnover. Tight end Scott Chandler fumbled the ball on the Buffalo 28 and it was recovered by San Francisco with :29 seconds to play. Alex Smith hit Michael Crabtree for a 28 yard touchdown on the very next play. The 49ers led 17-3 at the half.
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick once again struggled with his accuracy. Fitzpatrick finished completing 16 of 26 passes for 126 yards and threw one interception. The interception came with the Bills down 24-3 in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick was looking for Donald Jones in the endzone, but the ball was underthrown and picked off by Chris Culliver on the 49ers 2. Culliver returned the ball 4 yards.
"I feel like that is not who we are as an offense, but unfortunately that's what we put out there today", said Fitzpatrick. "They flat out dominated us"
On the injury front Bills safety Jairus Byrd left the game with chest injury. The Bills are also getting very thin on the offensive line. Colin Brown, who started the game at right guard because of the injuries to Kraig Urbik and Chad Rhinehart, left the game in the first half. Rhinehart then entered the game with a banged up calf, but later had to leave and was replaced by Sam Young.
The Bills will travel to Arizona on Sunday night and spend the week outside of Phoenix preparing for a week 6 game against the Cardinals.