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December 1, 2013

Another loss in Toronto

Bills fall to 1-5 in controversial Toronto Series

TORONTO —

The Falcons made the Bills unravel in Buffalo’s home away from home.
Atlanta took advantage of two fumbles to pull out a 34-31 win Sunday on Matt Bryant’s 36-yard field goal three minutes into overtime in what has become Buffalo’s annual home game at Toronto.
Falcons safety William Moore set up the decisive score in a back-and-forth game by forcing a fumble on Buffalo’s second play in the extra period. He punched the ball out of the arms of Bills tight end Scott Chandler. The fumble was recovered by Robert Alford, who then lateraled it to Desmond Trufant, who returned it to Buffalo’s 47.
Cornerback Robert McClain also forced a fumble on the Bills’ final possession of regulation, when he knocked the ball out of the hands of receiver Stevie Johnson at the Falcons 30 with 20 seconds remaining.
Steven Jackson scored twice, including a 1-yard plunge with 1:28 left for the Falcons (3-9). Atlanta snapped a five-game skid and won for the first time in six road games this season. Antone Smith also scored on a 38-yard run, while Tony Gonzalez scored on an 11-yard pass from Matt Ryan.
Bryant also made a 49-yarder that tied the game at 17 at the end of the half.
The Bills (4-8) pretty much are out of playoff contention for a 14th straight season, extending the NFL’s longest active streak. They will also finish their ninth straight season without a winning record.
Fred Jackson scored twice for Buffalo. Fellow running back C.J. Spiller had 149 yards rushing and a score.
The Bills squandered a 14-0 lead and were unable to hang on while ahead 31-24 against an opponent already eliminated from playoff contention.
Jackson’s score came a play after Bills cornerback Nickell Robey was flagged for interfering with Harry Douglas in the end zone. The penalty came with Atlanta facing third-and-goal from 11.

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