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TUESDAY BILLBOARD

Big Picture: - It certainly wasn't a work of art -- unless, of course, you're a fan of finger-painting -- but it was a win. A badly needed win. At 4-3, the Bills are only a game out of first place in the AFC East and go back to having realistic playoff thoughts.

Play of the Game: - With the score tied at 6-6, Todd Collins' 14-yard pass to Andre Reed on third-and-3 stationed the Bills on the Colts' 20 with two minutes left. That put the Bills, who had all of their timeouts, in position to eat up the clock while setting up Steve Christie's game-winning field goal from 27 yards as time expired. Reed ran an inside route, which Bills receivers ran with success three times on the drive. At half time, Buffalo's coaches noticed the Colts' safeties were coming up hard on run support, so the receivers ran the corners to the outside, then cut inside behind the safeties.

Player of the Game: - Despite missing a 32-yarder early in the fourth quarter, Christie still provided all of the Bills' points and came through when he had to.

Hit of the Night: - Colts defensive end Dan Footman clocking Todd Collins from behind as the Bills' quarterback rolled out to attempt a Hail Mary pass with two seconds left in the first half. Collins landed face mask-first, and walked to the dressing room with a bloody nose.

Unsung Hero: - Jerry Ostroski was making the first start of his career at right tackle, his third position of the season after stints at right guard and center. Given the fact it was a Monday night on the road, the switch could have been disastrous, but Ostroski seemed to up hold up pretty well. The right side of the line didn't allow a sack and was not penalized.

Quote of the Night: - "No matter who we play, a victory is sweet." -- Bills coach Marv Levy.

Sack Happy: - It seems the only time the Colts are able to sack the quarterback is against the Bills. They entered Monday night's game with nine sacks, six of which came in the Sept. 21 loss in Buffalo. They added three more Monday night. Of course, the Bills had five against the most-sacked team in the NFL.

Blind Faith: - Thousands of Colts fans had hand-held signs that said, "We Believe! Colts 10-6." The back of the signs said, "Lord Help Our Colts."

Oh, Baby!: - During the Sunday edition of his weekly television show in Buffalo, Jim Kelly called Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh a "baby." The comment appeared in the Indianapolis News Monday, and sparked plenty of anti-Kelly talk among Indy fans and media. For the record, Harbaugh wound up leaving the game midway through the third quarter with an ankle injury. By the way, Kelly and Harbaugh will have a chance to exchange "pleasantries" this Sunday when Kelly handles the color for NBC's coverage of the Colts-San Diego game.

Game Balls: - Christie, Reed (for the 800th catch of his career), Bruce Smith (for his two sacks and constant pressure), Thurman Thomas (for reaching the 11,000-yard mark for rushing), and Eric Moulds (for catching five passes for 75 yards, which surpassed his total yards for the previous six games).

Angel in Indy: - Talk about your acts of kindness! Steve Hilbert, chief executive officer of an Indianapolis financing company, purchased the remaining 6,000 tickets for Monday night's game before last Friday's deadline to lift the local TV blackout. He distributed the tickets to employees and charities. The gesture, which cost about $200,000, helped result in a crowd of 61,139.

Coming Attractions: - The Bills don't have long to celebrate before preparing for the murderer's row portion of their schedule. Their next three games, all at home, are against Denver (6-1), Miami (5-2) and New England (5-2).

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