Buffalo (WKBW) Rian Lindell hit a 25-yard field goal in overtime to earn the Buffalo Bills a 19-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bills, and wrapped up what was a wild day in Glendale Arizona.
"It was a gut check. I was impressed with the way that our team fought through adversity today, said Head Coach Chan Gailey. "Wasn't pretty at times, but it was a gut check, Gailey continued.
Jairus Byrd's second interception of the day set up the game winning field goal. Byrd picked off John Skelton at the Arizona 35 and returned it 29 yards to the Cardinals 6. The Bills centered the ball on the next play before Lindell kicked home the winner with 11:13 left in OT.
The Bills were lucky to survive.
Cardinals kicker Jay Feely missed a 38-yard field goal in the final seconds of regulation that would have given Arizona the win. Feely's kick went off the left upright and fell short sending the game to overtime. Feely had tied the game at 16 with a 61-yard field goal with 1:14 remaining in regulation.
The Bills were happy to help the Cardinals cause late in the game.
Buffalo had the ball on the Arizona 36, and seemed in control with 4:00 remaining, when Head Coach Chan Gailey made a controversial call. Gailey called for Wildcat quarterback Brad Smith to throw into the endzone on 2nd and 9. The pass was intercepted by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. The pass was Smith's first of the season. Arizona marched 5 plays after the turnover and tied the game with Feely's 61-yard FG.
"If we hit that we talk about what a good call it is, if we don't it's a dumb call.", said Gailey after the game. "It's a dumb call. If I had my chance again I would have run it", Gailey continued.
The Bills received a much better effort out of the teams defense. The unit had five sacks on the day. Mario Williams and Nick Barnett both had a pair. Chris Kelsay had a sack and safety for the Bills defense.
On offense running back C.J. Spiller rushed for 88 yards on 12 carries and added a touchdown. Fred Jackson had 53 yards on 16 carries and also added a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled once again with his consistency. Fitzpatrick finished completing 18 of 32 passes for 153 yards. Stevie Johnson was the Bills top receiver with 6 catches for 82 yards.
The Bills improved to 3-and-3 on the year. Buffalo will host the Tennessee Titans next Sunday.