Rapid Reaction: Bills 30, Broncos 23

December, 21, 2008
12/21/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

What a fine job the Buffalo Bills have done infuriating their supporters, but on Sunday they provided a lot of hope for some fan bases that normally wouldn't care one bit about them.

The Bills hung on to defeat the Denver Broncos, 30-23, at Invesco Field at Mile High, a thrilling finish for San Diego Chargers fans and an encouraging result for those who root for the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.

Now San Diego can get into the playoffs by beating Denver in the regular-season finale.

But in the AFC East, the fact the Bills are showing signs of life could indicate a competitive game Sunday against the New England Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

If the Bills can manage to knock off the Patriots, the Jets can win the division by surviving against the Dolphins.

Somehow, the Bills won despite being out-gained 532-275. They fell behind 13-0 and then scored on each of their next four possessions to win for only their second time in their past nine games.

Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards returned to the field after missing two games with a groin injury and completed 17 of 25 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

Edwards, who was spectacular in the fourth quarter early in the year but then fell apart, guided the Bills on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives.

The victory also means Buffalo still can finish .500 and avoid a fourth straight losing season. But if they fall to the Patriots on Sunday, then the Bills will be 7-9 for a third consecutive year.

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