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Hauschka's 2 late FGs lift Bills past Falcons, 23-17

ATLANTA (AP) The Buffalo Bills stand alone atop the AFC East at the latest point in a season in nine years.

For that, coach Sean McDermott offered both cheers and restraint.

''It feels good,'' McDermott said before adding, ''still a long way to go.''

Stephen Hauschka kicked a tiebreaking, 56-yard field goal with less than five minutes remaining and the Bills made a last-minute defensive stand to beat Atlanta 23-17 on Sunday after the Falcons lost wide receiver Julio Jones to a hip injury.

This is the latest the Bills (3-1) have been alone in first place in their division since Week 7 in 2008, when they were 5-1.

Hauschka padded the lead with a 55-yarder with about three minutes remaining.

''It's a fun position to be in when you want to kick like that at the end of the game,'' Hauschka said.

Buffalo's defense stopped the Falcons at the Bills 10 with less than a minute remaining when Matt Ryan couldn't complete a fourth-down pass to Taylor Gabriel. Atlanta became the last NFC team to lose this season.

Tre'Davious White returned a fumble recovery 52 yards for a third-quarter touchdown as the tough Buffalo defense delivered again even in a game it gave up its first passing touchdown of the season.

Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes hit Ryan's arm as Ryan was trying to pass, forcing the fumble.

''I didn't hear the whistle, so I just ran full speed,'' White said.

It was one of three turnovers by Atlanta. Micah Hyde intercepted two of Ryan's passes, giving Ryan five in his last two games.

There will be an emphasis on protecting the ball in coming bye week for Atlanta (3-1).

''More important than anything for us, let's get our turnover margin in order,'' said coach Dan Quinn.

Jones left the game in the second quarter with a hip flexor injury. Atlanta's receiving corps took another hit when starter Mohamed Sanu was ruled out with a hamstring injury in the third quarter.

Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews said losing the team's top two receivers was no excuse.

''We know we're good enough to score even if we're missing a couple guys,'' Matthews said.

Hauschka's go-ahead field goal was set up by Tyrod Taylor's 34-yard pass to tight end Charles Clay, who had five catches for 112 yards.

The Falcons failed to take advantage of Andre Roberts' 61-yard kickoff return following the field goal. The Bills stopped Atlanta when Hyde intercepted a pass off the hands of receiver Nick Williams.

The teams traded long scoring drives in the fourth quarter. Buffalo's 19-play drive, which lasted 11 minutes and 20 seconds, ended with a 24-yard field goal by Hauschka for a 17-10 lead.

The Falcons answered with a 10-play touchdown drive capped by Ryan's 3-yard scoring pass to Justin Hardy . It was the first scoring pass allowed by the Bills this season.

Taylor threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Jordan Matthews in the second quarter.

INJURIES

Bills: S Colt Anderson left in the first quarter with an arm injury and was ruled out. Buffalo also lost LB Ramon Humber (thumb), WR Jordan Matthews (thumb), and CB E.J. Gaines (groin).

Falcons: Jones left the game in the second quarter with a hip flexor injury and was ruled out for the game. Quinn said Jones wanted to return but could not have played with his usual explosiveness. Jones was limited during practice this week with a lower back injury. Sanu (hamstring) and DT Jack Crawford (biceps) also were ruled out.

STAT LEADERS

LeSean McCoy had 20 carries for 76 yards and three catches for 32 yards. ... Taylor completed 12 of 20 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. ... Atlanta's Tevin Coleman had nine carries for 79 yards and four catches for 65 yards. ... Ryan completed 24 of 42 passes for 242 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. ... Tight end Austin Hooper led Atlanta's thin receiving corps with five catches for 50 yards.

KNEELING

Six Buffalo players knelt during the national anthem. The group included defensive end Jerel Worthy, wide receiver Kaelin Clay, cornerback Shareece Wright, running back Taiwan Jones, fullback Mike Tolbert and defensive tackle Cedric Thornton. Cornerback Leonard Johnson stood beside those kneeling.

Falcons players stood for the anthem.

PROTECT THE BALL

The Bills set a team record for most consecutive quarters without a turnover (15). The previous team record was 12, set in 2015.

UP NEXT

Bills: Play at Cincinnati next Sunday.

Falcons: After their bye week, host Miami on Oct. 15.

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Key Players
T. Taylor 5 QB
182 PaYds, PaTD, 12 RuYds
14
FPTS
T. Coleman 26 RB
79 RuYds, 65 ReYds, 4 RECs
13
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:06
S.Hauschka 55 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
4
plays
-2
yds
0:21
pos
23
17
Field Goal 4:44
S.Hauschka 56 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
5
plays
37
yds
2:16
pos
20
17
Point After TD 7:00
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 7:00
M.Ryan pass short right to J.Hardy for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
5:00
pos
17
16
Field Goal 12:00
S.Hauschka 24 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
19
plays
82
yds
11:20
pos
17
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:55
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 10:55
M.Ryan sacked at ATL 39 for -8 yards (J.Hughes). FUMBLES (J.Hughes) [J.Hughes], RECOVERED by BUF-T.White at BUF 48. T.White for 52 yards, TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on ATL-D.Freeman, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced between downs. The Replay Official reviewed the fumble ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
13
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:18
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 0:18
D.Freeman left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
78
yds
3:02
pos
7
9
Point After TD 6:51
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 6:51
T.Taylor pass short left to J.Matthews for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
77
yds
3:40
pos
6
3
Field Goal 10:31
M.Bryant 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
6
plays
44
yds
3:55
pos
0
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:45 31:15
1st Downs 15 25
Rushing 7 10
Passing 8 13
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 6-13 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 281 391
Total Plays 59 72
Avg Gain 4.8 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 117 149
Rush Attempts 36 29
Avg Rush Yards 3.3 5.1
Net Yards Passing 164 242
Comp. - Att. 12-20 24-42
Yards Per Pass 8.2 5.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-18 1-0
Penalties - Yards 9-55 4-45
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 3-1
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 4-47.3 3-40.0
Return Yards 87 93
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-8
Kickoffs - Returns 2-50 3-85
Int. - Returns 2-37 0-0
Kicking 5/5 3/3
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bills 3-1 077923
Falcons 3-1 0100717
164 PASS YDS 242
117 RUSH YDS 149
281 TOTAL YDS 391
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 182 1 0 106.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 744 5 1 100.7
T. Taylor 12/20 182 1 0 14
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 216 0
L. McCoy 20 76 0 8 10
M. Tolbert 35 FB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 119 1
M. Tolbert 8 31 0 8 3
T. Taylor 5 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 118 0
T. Taylor 7 12 0 6 14
P. DiMarco 42 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
P. DiMarco 1 -2 0 -2 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Clay 85 TE
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 112 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 227 2
C. Clay 7 5 112 0 44 11
L. McCoy 25 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 163 0
L. McCoy 3 3 32 0 17 10
Z. Jones 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 1 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 57 0
Z. Jones 5 1 18 0 18 1
J. Matthews 87 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 10 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 162 1
J. Matthews 2 2 10 1 9 7
A. Holmes 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 35 2
A. Holmes 1 1 10 0 10 1
K. Clay 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 28 0
K. Clay 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Alexander 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-6 0 2.0
L. Alexander 6-0 0.0 0 1
M. Hyde 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-1 3 0.0
M. Hyde 6-1 0.0 2 0
P. Brown 52 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-20 0 0.0
P. Brown 5-5 0.0 0 0
S. Wright 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
S. Wright 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hughes 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 0 3.0
J. Hughes 3-0 1.0 0 1
L. Johnson 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
L. Johnson 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Poyer 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-10 1 2.0
J. Poyer 3-4 0.0 0 0
T. White 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-3 1 0.0
T. White 3-1 0.0 0 0
M. Milano 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
M. Milano 3-1 0.0 0 0
R. Humber 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-9 0 0.0
R. Humber 3-3 0.0 0 0
E. Gaines 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 1 0.0
E. Gaines 2-1 0.0 0 1
E. Yarbrough 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 1.0
E. Yarbrough 2-2 0.0 0 0
R. Davis 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
R. Davis 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Thornton 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
C. Thornton 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Webb 14 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Webb 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Blanton 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Blanton 0-1 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-7 0 1.0
K. Williams 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Worthy 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Worthy 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 4 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
8/9 7/7
S. Hauschka 3/3 56 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Schmidt 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 47.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 46.1 6
C. Schmidt 4 47.3 1 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Jones 7 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 25.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 25.0 27 0
T. Jones 2 25.0 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 242 1 2 61.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 1109 5 5 87.5
M. Ryan 24/42 242 1 2 9
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Coleman 26 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 79 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 183 0
T. Coleman 9 79 0 29 13
D. Freeman 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 58 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
70 285 5
D. Freeman 18 58 1 16 13
M. Ryan 2 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
M. Ryan 1 8 0 8 9
M. Sanu 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
M. Sanu 1 4 0 4 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Coleman 26 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 65 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 153 1
T. Coleman 5 4 65 0 39 13
A. Hooper 81 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 50 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 194 1
A. Hooper 7 5 50 0 18 5
J. Jones 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 295 0
J. Jones 4 3 30 0 16 3
N. Williams 15 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 30 0
N. Williams 4 3 30 0 14 3
L. Toilolo 80 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 21 0
L. Toilolo 3 3 21 0 9 2
D. Freeman 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 70 0
D. Freeman 2 2 20 0 13 13
J. Hardy 14 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 12 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 31 1
J. Hardy 6 2 12 1 9 7
D. Coleman 40 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 11 0
D. Coleman 2 1 11 0 11 1
M. Sanu 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 163 1
M. Sanu 3 1 3 0 3 0
T. Gabriel 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 129 1
T. Gabriel 5 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Jones 45 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-5 0 1.0
D. Jones 6-2 1.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
G. Jarrett 4-3 0.0 0 0
D. Kazee 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
D. Kazee 4-4 0.0 0 1
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 1.0
D. Campbell 4-1 0.0 0 0
K. Neal 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-7 0 0.0
K. Neal 4-3 0.0 0 0
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-2 0 0.0
R. Alford 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Poe 3-2 0.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 3.0
B. Reed 3-4 1.0 0 0
J. Crawford 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Crawford 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-6 0 1.0
B. Poole 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Shelby 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
D. Shelby 1-1 1.0 0 0
A. Clayborn 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
A. Clayborn 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Neasman 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Neasman 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Levitre 67 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Levitre 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Vellano 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Vellano 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Gabriel 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Gabriel 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Ishmael 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Ishmael 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Coleman 40 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Coleman 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Riley 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-7 0 0.0
D. Riley 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
9/9 11/11
M. Bryant 1/1 28 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 40.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 46.2 7
M. Bosher 3 40.0 3 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 28.3 61 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 22.6 61 0
A. Roberts 3 28.3 61 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 10.0 27 0
A. Roberts 2 4.0 11 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:33 BUF 9 6:31 13 53 Punt
0:09 BUF 10 0:43 3 -5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:31 BUF 23 3:40 8 77 TD
4:23 BUF 15 1:03 3 3 Punt
0:18 BUF 25 0:18 2 4 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 25 1:49 3 0 Punt
8:20 BUF 12 11:20 19 82 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:00 BUF 25 2:16 5 37 FG
3:27 ATL 35 0:21 4 -2 FG
0:44 BUF 10 0:44 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 19 3:27 7 34 Punt
5:02 ATL 1 4:53 10 49 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:26 ATL 46 3:55 6 44 FG
6:51 ATL 25 2:28 5 18 Punt
3:20 ATL 22 3:02 9 78 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:11 ATL 20 2:16 6 27 Fumble
10:55 ATL 18 2:35 5 21 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:00 ATL 25 5:00 10 75 TD
4:44 BUF 42 1:17 3 -7 INT
3:06 ATL 25 2:22 12 65 Downs