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Calling all big plays

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Chan Gailey summed it up quickly.

"We're not making the plays to win ballgames, and that's what winning teams do," the head coach said. He was still reeling from his team's inability to close it out. Minutes earlier, Gailey had to stand on the sideline and watch as Sam Bradford marched the Rams on an 84 yards game winning drive. Twice, George Wilson almost ended it with an interception but could not hold on.

The Bills were unable to counter with a drive of their own. In the end, the Rams made the plays. The Bills did not.

"Winning teams make plays in the fourth quarter to win ball games," said Gailey. "We're not doing that. We gotta do that or we won't, we won't get over the hump. That's what we're supposed to be doing. That's what I'm supposed to get them to do."

Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson showed the team's frustration.

"You know, we've got the lead the entire game," Johnson said. "When it comes down to a minute left, it basically comes down to who wants it more. You gotta make the play. I don't know, maybe they did. Maybe they didn't. The ended up making the plays and they ended up getting the win."

"At the end of the day, we need to find a way to come up with it, come up with a win," added Bryan Scott. "It's kind of been the story since I've been here: losing close games, and it hurts."

The glimmer of hope has been extinguished. There's no need to ask Santa to help the Bills get to the playoffs after they lost their eighth game of the season. It could take a small bite out of Western New York's Christmas cheer.

Looking back, it's obvious where the Bills lost this one. They were unable to run the ball, putting up just 61 yards on the ground. C.J. Spiller did have 37 yards on his seven carries. Now, Chan Gailey is likely to take some heat for deciding not to attempt a 52 yard field goal in the fourth quarter, with the wind at Rian Lindell's back. He pulled his unit off the field to play the field position game, after they lined up - and of course the Bills fell by three. After the game, he offered this explanation.

"We were not going to go for it there," said Gailey. "The defense was playing good. We were going to try to pin them back. That was the reason.

"When they first told me when I first turned, they told me it was a 50-yard field goal instead of a 52, 53-yard field goal. We had just dropped the snap on the extra point, so that is why I pulled them back out of there and said ‘Hey let’s let the defense try to keep them pinned back."

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