Brady's Patriots stun Buffalo's Bills
Silence swept the NU campus as many Niagara Buffalo Bills fans witnessed the devastating defeat during the Sept. 14 opener in Monday Night Football. That night, several Niagara football fanatics watched the opening kickoff of the NFL season between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
The Bills started with an 11-point lead. It was quickly snatched away in the last 50 seconds of the game when New England quarterback Tom Brady threw an astonishing, 16- yard touchdown to Benjamin Watson, ending the game in a 25-24 victory.
Dumbfounded, Buffalo fans left the game with a bitter taste, as millions witnessed what seemed to be a stomp to the New England Patriots, instantaneously, turned into a nightmare near the end of the fourth quarter.
Coming off a torn knee ligament from the previous year, Brady showed no signs of defeat. He graciously threw the winning ball to Benjamin Watson, after Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin fumbled in the last moment of the fourth quarter. On the Bills Web Site, McKelvin commented on his misfortune. I'm very disappointed. Just turnovers. We don't need to have turnovers at the end of that game. So, you know, just cover up and don't make no mistakes, get the ball back to the offense and everything would be good, he says.
The Bills' offensive plays were mostly consistent, although the use of Terrell Owens was not executed out on the field as much as what the fans thought Bills quarterback, Trent Edwards, would do. In the first quarter, the Bills got a head start as Edwards made a stupendous ball fake move to Bills rookie, Shawn Nelson, who led the Bills to a 7-0 start.
In the second quarter, Brady pump-faked twice before sending off a 72 yard drive, pushing the defense to a 1-yard zone, which was completed with a bullet pass to Fred Taylor, putting New England on the board 7- 7. But that would soon change, as the quickthinking interception from Buffalo Bills defensive player Aaron Schobel led the Bills to another touchdown, placing the team 14-7.
In the third quarter, Bills' defense became a slight deadlock as the team punted, placing Bills on a 17-13 lead.
In the fourth quarter, with only five and half minutes to spare, Edwards made a quick pass to Fred Jackson, which was then returned with a Patriot touchdown from Watson with only two minutes to go.
Unfortunately, in the last minute of the game, the Bills winning streak came to a halt when McKelvin fumbled, overturning the ball to the Patriots where former Patriot MVP Brady threw the winning ball with only 50 seconds to spare.