Falcons vs. Bills 2013 final score: Late fumbles costs Buffalo in 34-31 overtime loss

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The Bills coughed up the ball at the end of regulation and again in overtime as they blew a last chance to stay in the postseason hunt.

The Buffalo Bills were all set for a big win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep them alive in the playoff race. A pair of late fumbles undid that in a hurry as they fell in overtime, 34-31.

On the Bills' first possession of overtime, Scott Chandler coughed up the ball and Atlanta was able to fall on it. The Falcons moved quickly into field goal position and Matt Bryant won the game with a 36-yard field goal.

The Bills were in position for their own game-winning kick with under a minute remaining in regulation before a fumble from Stevie Johnson ended the chance. Johnson caught a pass and got down to the Atlanta 30-yard line before Rolando McClain was able to knock the ball free and fall on it.

Steven Jackson rushed for his second touchdown of the game -- he had two touchdowns all season coming into Sunday -- to tie the game at 31 with 1:28 remaining in regulation. The Falcons were given new life after a pass interference penalty wiped out a third-and-goal stand from the Buffalo defense, giving Atlanta a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Jackson would power in on the following play.

C.J. Spiller led the way for the Bills with 149 yards and a touchdown on the ground. His 36-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run -- in which he sidestepped multiple defenders and raced down the right sideline for the score -- gave Buffalo a seven-point lead with just under 12 minutes remaining.

Spiller wasted no time getting started, breaking free for a 77-yard scamper on the Bills' first drive of the game, which E.J. Manuel would cap off two plays later with a 1-yard sneak. Spiller showed few signs of the high ankle sprain that has hampered him for the majority of the season, finishing with a per carry average of 9.9.

Fred Jackson provided a strong ground attack of his own. He capped the Bills' second drive of the game with a 4-yard touchdown run, lowering his head and powering into the end zone. He showcased some ability in the open field as well, taking a screen pass from Manuel 21 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 24 midway through the third quarter.

After falling behind 14-0 early, the Falcons mounted a rally. A 19-yard reception from Roddy White paired with a pass interference put Atlanta in scoring position midway through the first quarter, and on third-and-1, Steven Jackson took a handoff off the left guard and raced 27 yards to pull the Falcons back into the game.

Jackson's score was the first in a 24-3 run. Backup running back Antone Smith would make his own long scoring run when he raced in from 38 yards out, and a 49-yard field goal by Matt Bryant with just five seconds remaining in the second quarter tied the game at 17 heading into the half.

Atlanta kept the pedal down in the second half, taking the lead on an 11-yard touchdown grab by Tony Gonzalez. It appeared that the Falcons had scored three plays earlier on a reception by Harry Douglas, but a video review showed his knee hit down at the 1-yard line. A sack and false start threatened to erase the touchdown chance, but Gonzalez was able to wiggle free for the score on third-and-goal.

Fantasy studs and duds

Roddy White, who had just 20 receptions coming into the game, led the team with 10 grabs for 143 yards. It's a good sign that the veteran receiver, who has been hobbled with various injuries all season, may finally be healthy. Steven Jackson was resurgent as well, rushing for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were the only real fantasy bright spots for the Bills. E.J. Manuel finished 18-of-32 for 210 yards and a touchdown.

Did they cover?

The Bills entered the game as 5-point favorites, according to OddsShark.com, failing to cover in the loss.

What's next?

Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET: Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers

Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET: Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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