ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Packers couldn’t overcome a litany of mistakes on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium and saw their five-game winning streak end in a 21-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The loss was the Packers’ first since the bye week and dropped them to 10-4 on the season.
Trailing 16-10 as the fourth quarter began, the Packers were on the verge of scoring for the first time in the second half as they drove out from their own 2-yard line. A potential 94-yard TD pass was dropped by WR Jordy Nelson, but passes of 7 yards to TE Andrew Quarless, 16 yards to Nelson and 14 yards to WR Randall Cobb picked up first downs. Cobb also had a 12-yard run out of the backfield.
But on third-and-4 from the Buffalo 34, QB Aaron Rodgers pass was deflected into the air and intercepted by Bills S Bacarri Rambo, his second interception of the half after coming in for the injured Duke Williams. The Bills then converted that turnover into a 48-yard FG by Dan Carpenter, his fourth FG of the game, following a 20-yard screen pass to RB Fred Jackson.
That made it 19-10 Bills with 9:23 left, making it a two-score game for the first time on the day.
The Packers got back to work, overcoming a holding penalty that wiped out a long run by RB Eddie Lacy to pick up a couple of first downs. A facemask penalty on the Bills helped move the chains. A 20-yard completion to Nelson, who kept his knee off the ground and broke a couple of tackles, was followed by a 17-yard pass to Cobb, who also broke an open-field tackle got the ball to the Buffalo 18.
The drive stalled in the red zone, however, and the Packers had to settle for a 34-yard Mason Crosby field goal, cutting the deficit to 19-13 with 4:51 left.
The Bills responded with a 12-yard pass to TE Scott Chandler to convert a third-and-4, and then RB Boobie Dixon recovered his own fumble, wrestling it away from a potential recovery by CB Tramon Williams. An offside penalty on the Packers and a short run by RB Fred Jackson moved the chains again.
After the Packers used up their timeouts, the game came down to a third-and-5 from the Green Bay 47-yard line with 2:12 left. QB Kyle Orton threw incomplete to WR Sammy Watkins, and the Packers got the ball back one last time.
Beginning at their own 10, the Packers needed to go 90 yards in 1:58. But Rodgers had the ball stripped by DE Mario Williams at the goal line. On the play, Williams beat RT JC Tretter, who was in the game for an injured Bryan Bulaga. Lacy made the recovery but was tackled in the end zone for a safety, putting the Bills ahead 21-13 with 1:51 left.
The Bills recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
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