The Bills gained just 304 yards of total offense and didn’t score a
touchdown until the 11:30 mark of the fourth quarter when Fitzpatrick
connected with wide receiver Lee Smith on a 1-yard pass.
“They didn’t give them anything on defense,” Arians said, “hung in there
when they had to.”
The Colts offense made plays when it had to as well.
Indianapolis was clinging to a 10-6 lead late in the second quarter when
the defense forced the Bills to punt from their own 12-yard line. The
Colts took over at their own 49 with 32 seconds to play and marched the
ball to the Buffalo 1.
Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne -- who set an NFL record with at least
three receptions for the 59th straight game -- was tackled short of the
goal line on a second-and-goal pass from the 3. With no timeouts left,
rookie quarterback Andrew Luck rushed the offense to the line of scrimmage
and spiked the ball with one second remaining.
Adam Vinatieri made the 19-yard field goal to give the Colts a seven-point
Indianapolis added to that advantage with an 87-yard drive that ate 8:04
off the third-quarter clock. Luck converted four third-down chances on the
march, including an eight-yard touchdown pass to Hilton on third-and-goal.
“We need more of those drives,” Luck said. “I realize that. As an offense,
we realize that. But I think when we needed it most we got that drive and
ended it with a four-minute drive or whatever you want to call it. We need
more of those types of drives.”
Trailing again by seven, Buffalo drove to the Indianapolis 36-yard line
with 4:43 remaining in the game. Safety Tom Zbikowski intercepted
Fitzpatrick’s second-down pass, but he fumbled the ball back to the Bills
at their 47.