The Bills came out and outplayed Indy in all aspects of the game. Also the Bills had a huge game from Fred "Action" Jackson as he rushed for 212 yards to help the Bills offense who were ranked 30th in the NFL leading up to the Week 17 matchup.
The following was written by Bills Lead Journalist Chris Brown.
Buffalo got on the scoreboard first thanks to an interception by rookie Cary Harris. Harris picked off a 3rd-and-7 pass from Peyton Manning on the Colts opening possession returning it to the Indianapolis 41-yard line.
Fred Jackson accounted for 35 of the 41 yards gained on the drive including an 11-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Fitzpatrick for an early 7-0 lead with 9:25 left in the first quarter.
The Colts responded on their next series marching 72 yards on 12 plays with Mike Hart scoring on a one-yard touchdown run to tie the score (7-7) late in the first quarter.
The Bills would put a well-executed drive together midway through the second quarter to re-take the lead. After the Colts inserted backup QB Curtis Painter, Buffalo’s defense forced a three-and-out getting the ball back for the Bills offense near midfield.
After a 17-yard run by Jackson set up 1st-and-10 at the Colts 21, Fitzpatrick hit Lee Evans two plays later for a 21-yard scoring strike. Evans found a soft spot between the corner and safety for his seventh touchdown of the season and a 14-7 Bills lead.
Painter then became a turnover machine for the Colts. On the ensuing Indianapolis possession Painter fumbled while scrambling away from pressure from John McCargo and the ball was recovered by Chris Kelsay near midfield.
Buffalo’s offense needed only two plays to score again as Fitzpatrick hooked up with Terrell Owens for a 41-yard touchdown and a 21-7 lead.
On the very next play from scrimmage Painter then overthrew intended receiver Austin Collie and Harris intercepted his second pass of the game again near midfield with 2:24 left in the half. He finished the game.
Buffalo’s offense got as far as the Colts’ 14-yard line before the drive stalled forcing the Bills to take a 31-yard Rian Lindell field goal for a 24-7 lead at the break.
Lindell would add two more field goals in the third quarter to account for the final points in the game as he eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier for his career.
Turning to the Sabres and their matchup today in Montreal against the Canadians saw the Sabres come out and win their fourth straight by the score of 1-0. Tim Connolly scored the lone goal for Buffalo off of a tip by Jason Pominville.
Jochen Hecht and Pominville got the assists and Team USA starting goaltender Ryan Miller made 30 saves in net for Buffalo. Cary Price made 29 saves in net for Montreal. Buffalo returns to action on Wednesday night as they host theTampa Bay Lightning at HSBC Arena.