When a team is going up against the New Orleans Saints they can't help them win by making mistakes, and the Buffalo Bills did just that. With less than 10 seconds off the game clock, Thad Lewis was hit and fumbled. It was recovered by New Orleans. Lewis finished the day with three total turnovers (two fumbles and one interception) and struggled to protect the ball.
The turnovers didn't hurt the Bills as much as penalties did today against the Saints, who had two costly penalties that could have changed how this game ended. At the end of the first half with New Orleans driving, Drew Brees scrambled to his left and threw a pass to the end zone that was intercepted by Leodis McKelvin.
Unfortunately, Mario Williams was flagged on the play for a facemask on Drew Brees and New Orleans went on to score a touchdown two plays later. If Williams wasn't hit with this penalty, Buffalo would have went into the locker room for halftime down by four instead of 11.
The other penalty came in the third quarter when Lewis connected with T.J. Graham on a 55-yard touchdown pass. This play was nullified because of a holding penalty on Scott Chandler. The Bills did end up scoring on this drive but a big play like that can change the momentum of a game.