Buffalo just took a 14-2 lead in this game on a two-yard pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to WR Lee Evans. It's a good thing this isn't a baseball game, although the score still sounds one, or it might already have been called because of the mercy rule. The score came with 13:52 left in the fourth quarter.
Buffalo still doesn't have 100 yards of total offense, yet leads by 12. Carolina has more than 300 yards of total offense. It's been an odd afternoon.
The Buffalo score was set up when Jake Delhomme got intercepted -- again. All 14 of Buffalo's points today have come off turnovers. The Bills have been thoroughly unable to move the ball on their own.
Buffalo's Jairus Byrd picked off Delhomme for the second time today deep in the third quarter around midfield. The pass, intended for Steve Smith, was overthrown. With a leap, Smith tipped it, but right to Byrd, who ran it back 30 yards to the Carolina 27.
Earlier in the third quarter, Carolina had failed to score yet again on a long drive. The Panthers got into the red zone shortly after a 52-yard pass from Jake Delhomme to tight end Gary Barnidge, who had sneaked behind the defense deep down the right sideline. It was the longest offensive play (by 20 yards) that Carolina had had all season.
But later on the drive, on fourth-and-1, John Fox went for it after kicker John Kasay had already missed twice (from 39 and 43 yards -- it's been a really bad afternoon for Kasay so far).
And that didn't work either (although I liked the decision to go for it). Jonathan Stewart was stopped for a two-yard loss.
Also, Carolina tight end Dante Rosario has a knee injury and will not return.