It took the Atlanta Falcons going to Toronto, Canada to notch their first road win of the season over the Buffalo Bills.
It also took overtime as the Falcons defeated the Bills 34-31.
For the Bills (4-8), it was their fifth loss in six tries playing in the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Buffalo fumbled the ball on its final two possessions en route to the loss. Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson fumbled the ball in field goal range with 20 seconds left, and the Falcons strong safety William Moore recovered to end regulation.
Overtime was nearly a mirror image: The Bills won the coin toss and elected to receive. Buffalo’s rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel found tight end Scott Chandler for a 22-yard gain, but Moore forced the fumble.
Four plays and thirty yards later, Matt Bryant kicked the game-winning 36-yard field goal.
The Falcons (3-9) showed resiliency they hadn’t shown all season: After going down 14-0, Atlanta battled back to take a 24-17 lead in the third quarter.
Roddy White had what was easily his best game of the season, catching 10 passes for 143 yards.
Steven Jackson also had his best showing, rushing 23 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns – including a one-yard plunge to tie the game at 31 in the fourth quarter.
Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel managed to find some success against Atlanta’s defense, just as Mike Glennon and Geno Smith were.
Manuel finished with 210 yards on 18 of 30 passing. He tossed one touchdown and ran in another from one yard out. The Falcons failed to sack him once.
Running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson also had success against Atlanta’s run defense.
Spiller ran the ball 15 times for 149 yards – including a 77-yard run on the second play of the game – and a touchdown.
Jackson scored twice: a four-yard rush, and a 21-yard reception. He finished with 78 total yards.
Despite being sacked six times, Matt Ryan passed for 311 yards and a touchdown.
In the past two games, the Falcons have allowed Ryan to be sacked 11 times. On the season, Ryan has been sacked 30 times – the most in any season since he was drafted – and there are still four games left.
Next week, the Falcons travel out to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers.