Bills Pull Away From Niners 45-16 4th straight win puts the Bills in the heart of the playoff picture. by Steve Saslow
The Skinny: LeSean McCoy ran for three touchdowns, Mike Gillislee added a fourth as the Bills ran away from the 49ers in the second half of a 45-16 win. It was the Bills fourth straight win as Tyrod Taylor threw touchdown passes to Robert Woods and Justin Hunter as the Bills put together a complete team win. McCoy finished with 140 yards on the ground while Taylor completed 17 of 26 passes for 179 yards.
The Big Drive:
Four of them: The Bills had four touchdown drives in a row late in the third quarter and the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Stat I Did Like:
Rushing Yards: 312 yards on the ground were great.
Stat I Didn't Like:
Fumbles Lost: The team lost two fumbles in the game luckily in didn't hurt them.
Scene Setters: - Ted Washington was the leader of the charge before the game. - The crowd chanted USA USA USA as the 49ers were taking the field after the National Anthem.
Key Matchup Results:
The winners of the battles highlighted in our preview article: RB LeSean McCoy vs. SS Antoine Bethea: Winner: McCoy. He was simply dominate. QB Tyrod Taylor vs. QB Colin Kapernick: Winner: Taylor. He was the best QB on the field in this game. LB Zach Brown vs. RB Carlos Hyde: Winner: Brown. He had seven tackles and a sack as they held Hyde to just 52 yards on 14 carries. LB Lorenzo Alexander vs. LT Joe Staley: Winner: Alexander. He had a sack for a sixth straight game.
Keys To The Game Results:
How the keys highlighted in our preview article turned out: 1. Contain Kapernick: Failure! He had 66 yards on 8 carries so he made plays but it didn't make much of a difference. 2. Minimize Mental Errors: Success! They maintained proper control and demeanor throughout the game. 3. Avoid The Letdown: Success! They were prepared, focused and ready to play and it showed in the big win.
This was a trap game that in the past could have killed the Bills. It was close for over a half before the Bills took control of the game. They have confidence and momentum as they continue the road towards trying to end the 16 year playoff drought.
The Bills travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins in a division battle. Miami has struggled this year but they are coming off a shocking domiation of the Steelers that gives them new life.
LeSean McCoy - Another 140 yards rusing and three touchdowns for the offensive star.