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Buffalo Bills come from behind to beat Tennessee Titans

By Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
Buffalo Bills come from behind to beat Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt on November 9, 2014. The Titans lost 14-13 to the Buffalo Bills Sunday. File photo by UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct. 11 -- After struggling just to gain first downs for most of three quarters, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor brought his team from behind.

Leading two 80-yard second-half touchdown drives, Taylor rallied Buffalo to a 14-13 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

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Taylor's 22-yard scramble with 1:20 left in the third quarter pulled the Bills within 10-7. They hadn't crossed midfield during the game until Taylor's 26-yard run got them to the Tennessee 26 two plays before the touchdown.

After a drive of nearly seven minutes led to a 41-yard field goal at the 9:36 mark of the fourth quarter by placekicker Ryan Succop to give the Titans a 13-7 edge, Buffalo leaned on Taylor again.

His 24-yard scramble on third-and-23 at the 7, teamed with a 15-yard penalty on linebacker Zach Brown for a horse-collar tackle, got the Bills to the 46. Three plays after connecting with wide receiver Chris Hogan for a 47-yard gain, Taylor hooked up with Hogan for a 2-yard scoring strike with 5:25 remaining for the winning score.

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Taylor finished 10 of 17 for 109 yards and also rushed for a game-high 76 yards on eight attempts as the Bills improved to 3-2 and beat Tennessee (1-3) for the first time in seven games, dating back to 2000.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was 21-of-32 passing for 187 yards and rushed for a team-high 47 yards on five carries but was intercepted with 1:32 left by cornerback Stephon Gilmore, ending their last chance at a win.

Succop's 21-yard field goal 51 seconds into the second quarter was the only scoring in a first half dominated by the Titans. They outgained Buffalo 170-51, holding the ball for 20 minutes and 56 seconds.

Running back Antonio Andrews gave the Titans a 10-0 lead with 6:51 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard plunge. It came seven plays after wide receiver Denarius Moore fumbled at the end of a 27-yard punt return, with Tennessee linebacker Steve Johnson recovering.

NOTES: Buffalo played without RBs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, as well as WR Sammy Watkins. All were inactive due to injuries. ... Tennessee ILB Zach Brown, the team's leading tackler through three games with 24, didn't start. Brown did enter the game late in the first quarter. ... Buffalo lost RB Cierre Wood (knee) during the first half.

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