Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Game Information
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 71,273

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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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Falcons
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Falcons
10:31 Matt Bryant 28 yd FG 0 3
06:51 Jordan Matthews 9 yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Stephen Hauschka kick) 7 3
00:18 Devonta Freeman 1 yd run (Matt Bryant kick) 7 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Falcons
10:55 Tre'Davious White 52 yd opp fumble return (Stephen Hauschka kick) 14 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Falcons
12:00 Stephen Hauschka 24 yd FG 17 10
07:00 Justin Hardy 3 yd pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick) 17 17
04:44 Stephen Hauschka 56 yd FG 20 17
03:06 Stephen Hauschka 55 yd FG 23 17

Team Stats
  Buffalo Atlanta
1st Downs 15 25
Total Yards 281 389
Passing 164 242
Passing Completions/Attempts 12-20 24-42
Yards/Pass 7.1 5.6
Rushing 117 147
Rushing Attempts 36 29
Yards/Rush 3.3 5.1
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Possession 28:45 31:15

Buffalo Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tyrod Taylor 12 20 182 9.1 1 0

Atlanta Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matt Ryan 24 42 242 5.8 1 2

Buffalo Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
LeSean McCoy 20 76 3.8 0 8
Mike Tolbert 8 31 3.9 0 8
Tyrod Taylor 7 12 1.7 0 6
Patrick DiMarco 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Atlanta Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Tevin Coleman 9 77 8.6 0 29
Devonta Freeman 18 58 3.2 1 16
Matt Ryan 1 8 8.0 0 8
Mohamed Sanu 1 4 4.0 0 4

Buffalo Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Charles Clay 5 112 22.4 0 44
LeSean McCoy 3 32 10.7 0 17
Zay Jones 1 18 18.0 0 18
Jordan Matthews 2 10 5.0 1 9
Andre Holmes 1 10 10.0 0 10
Kaelin Clay 0 0 0.0 0

Atlanta Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tevin Coleman 4 65 16.2 0 39
Austin Hooper 5 50 10.0 0 18
Nick Williams 3 30 10.0 0 14
Julio Jones 3 30 10.0 0 16
Levine Toilolo 3 21 7.0 0 9
Devonta Freeman 2 20 10.0 0 13
Justin Hardy 2 12 6.0 1 9
Derrick Coleman 1 11 11.0 0 11
Mohamed Sanu 1 3 3.0 0 3
Taylor Gabriel 0 0 0.0 0

Buffalo Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Micah Hyde 6 1 0 0
Preston Brown 5 5 0 0
Lorenzo Alexander 4 0 0 0
Jerry Hughes 3 0 1 0
Ramon Humber 3 3 0 0
Leonard Johnson 3 0 0 0
Jordan Poyer 3 4 0 0
Tre'Davious White 3 1 0 0
Shareece Wright 3 0 0 0
Eddie Yarbrough 3 1 0 0
Ryan Davis 2 0 0 0
E.J. Gaines 2 1 0 0
Matt Milano 2 1 0 0
Cedric Thornton 1 0 0 0
Robert Blanton 0 0 0 0
Joe Webb 0 0 0 0
Kyle Williams 0 1 0 0
Jerel Worthy 0 1 0 0

Atlanta Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Deion Jones 6 2 1 0
De'Vondre Campbell 4 1 0 0
Grady Jarrett 4 3 0 0
Damontae Kazee 4 5 0 0
Keanu Neal 4 3 0 0
Brooks Reed 3 4 1 9
Dontari Poe 3 2 0 0
Robert Alford 2 0 0 0
Jack Crawford 2 0 0 0
Derrick Shelby 1 1 1 9
Adrian Clayborn 1 0 0 0
Sharrod Neasman 1 0 0 0
Brian Poole 1 1 0 0
Joe Vellano 1 0 0 0
Derrick Coleman 0 0 0 0
Taylor Gabriel 0 0 0 0
Kemal Ishmael 0 0 0 0
Andy Levitre 0 0 0 0
Duke Riley 0 2 0 0
Desmond Trufant 0 0 0 0

Buffalo Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Micah Hyde 2 37 0

Atlanta Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Buffalo Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Taiwan Jones 2 50 25.0 0 27

Atlanta Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 3 85 28.3 0 61

Buffalo Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Atlanta Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 2 11 5.5 0 11

Buffalo Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Hauschka 3 3 100.0 56

Atlanta Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Matt Bryant 1 1 100.0 28

Buffalo Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colton Schmidt 4 189 60

Atlanta Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Bosher 3 120 42