Tuesday, December 14, 2010
AFC East Week 14 decisive moment
By Tim Graham
Almost as soon as the Buffalo Bills won the opening coin flip and deferred, their defense got shoved around.
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis barged around as advertised -- 7 yards to the right, 4 yards to the left, 25 yards to the left, 8 yards to the right -- against the Bills' rice-paper run defense.
Before the Bills knew it on the opening possession, Hillis had five carries for 48 yards, and the Browns had second-and-goal at the 2-yard line.
You knew what was coming. Hillis ran off right guard for a touch ... Oh, only a 1-yard gain to delay the inevitable. So Hillis ran off right guard again for the ... no gain?
The Bills defended their goal line by stuffing one of the NFL's hardest runners. The Browns kicked a field goal.
In the span of two plays, Cleveland went from making a statement to being dictated to. Buffalo didn't surrender a touchdown and won 13-6.
"That was big, just to hold them to three points because they had marched the ball right down the field on us," Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "We were saying, 'As long as we don't let them in.' We were able to hold them to three points, and that was huge."
Hillis averaged 3.8 yards the rest of the game. He fumbled three times and lost one.