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Insta-Graham: Injuries mount, but rugged Bills withstand Texans

The Buffalo Bills are lumped up. They were staggered. They still might be.

But whatever damage the Bills sustained Sunday, they inflicted more on the Houston Texans.

Already missing the right side of its offensive line, a chunk of its defensive interior, a starting linebacker and its best safety among others, Buffalo's roster continued to crumble before our eyes in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Weak-side linebacker Tony Steward missed most of the game with a back problem. Top cornerback Stephon Gilmore left early in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Running back LeSean McCoy missed a couple series while being evaluated for a concussion.

Nevertheless, the Bills stomped out a 30-21 victory over the Houston Texans to remain alive in the wild-card derby.

With the score tied at 21 and 1:53 to play, Tyrod Taylor connected with Charles Clay up the seam for the 40-yard winning touchdown. Dan Carpenter, who missed a 50-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter, hit the left upright on the extra point to give the Texans a shot.

Brian Hoyer threw four straight incomplete passes, the first two dropped. Carpenter made a 36-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to seal it.

Taylor threw three touchdown passed and ran for another. Sammy Watkins hauled down a pair of 53-yard bombs and a 3-yard touchdown toss. Those were the only passes Watkins caught, good for a 36.3-yard average.

Houston entered Sunday having allowed only two touchdowns in their previous 18 quarters. Buffalo scored three touchdowns before halftime.

Houston rallied with some slick DeAndre Hopkins grabs. He finished with five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Buffalo's patchwork offensive line pretty much negated J.J. Watt, the NFL's hottest defensive player. Watt had one tackle for a loss and no sacks, his only takedown of Taylor wiped out by a penalty.

McCoy returned to the game after his concussion evaluation to run for 112 yards on 21 carries.

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