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October 22, 2012

Bills can't hold on against Titans

Hasselbeck's late TD pass ends defensive disaster

ORCHARD PARK —  

Chris Johnson finally hit the gas. And Matt Hasselbeck delivered in the clutch for a second straight week.
And together, they appear to have the sputtering Tennessee Titans turned in the right direction after capping a wild and wacky game with a thrilling finish in a 35-34 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Johnson got the Titans’ offense up and running with 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Those scores came during a wild first quarter, in which Tennessee and Buffalo scored three TDs in a span of 30 seconds.
It was then up to Hasselbeck to secure the victory by hitting Nate Washington with a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:03 remaining.
“It’s a great feeling,” Hasselbeck said. “To pull through once again in a close game for our third win in a game that came down basically to the last play was a great feeling.”
Facing fourth-and-9, Hasselbeck dropped a pass just over the shoulder of Washington, who had a step on Justin Rogers in the end zone. In his third start in place of Jake Locker, Hasselbeck produced his 22nd fourth-quarter comeback win and second in consecutive weeks after he rallied the Titans to a 26-23 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 11.
It wouldn’t have been possible had Johnson not emerged from a season-long hibernation.
Entering the game with 301 yards rushing, Johnson broke out with the third-best rushing total against a Bills defense he’s become accustomed to dominating.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad game against them,” Johnson said. He’s right. In three games, Johnson upped his career total against the Bills to 480 yards and six touchdowns.
He opened with a 16-yard touchdown for his first score of the season, and then erupted for an 83-yard TD the next time he touched the ball.

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