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Fourth-quarter analysis: Bacarri Rambo's hit could change course of season

The Buffalo Bills' defense needed a big play.

Rambo delivered. Bacarri Rambo, that is.

The Bills' safety decked Houston Texans receiver Cecil Shorts III in the fourth quarter Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, knocking the ball loose for an incomplete pass on a third-down play with just under 3 minutes left in the game. Rambo has shown a knack for making big plays since the Bills signed him in the middle of last season, making him a good find by General Manager Doug Whaley.

Rambo's hit forced a Houston punt. The Bills scored the go-ahead touchdown on their ensuing drive when Tyrod Taylor connected with tight end Charles Clay for a 40-yard touchdown, the deciding points in a 30-21 victory.

Off the hook, Part I: Bills kicker Dan Carpenter missed his extra point after Clay's touchdown, meaning the Texans could have won the game with a TD and extra point of their own. The Bills' defense, however, forced a turnover on downs on Houston's next possession.

Off the hook, Part II: Bills cornerback Ron Brooks was called for holding on the punt following Rambo's hit. The flag erased Marcus Thigpen's punt return to the Houston 14-yard line and pushed the Bills back to their own 35-yard line, a whopping 51 yards of lost field position.

 

 

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