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Tyler Dunne's Points After: Eagles 23, Bills 20

PHILADELPHIA --- The moment the game ended, the second the Buffalo Bills lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-20, one player instantly trotted into the tunnel to boo's.

Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

There would be no shaking Chip Kelly's hand in this one. No on-field handshakes with anybody. And there would be no thrilling, storybook reunion for McCoy this day.

It's looking like Buffalo will be staying home for the postseason a 16th straight season after a crushing loss Sunday in Philadelphia...

Player of the Game: Fletcher Cox might not be a J.J. Watt-level household name, but he can be just as dominant at times. After wrecking New England's offense a week ago, Cox was a problem for Buffalo on Sunday. He beat Richie Incognito multiple times, including once for a 10-yard loss of LeSean McCoy that derailed a late Bills drive. In all he had eight tackles (seven solo) with two for loss and one sack. On Buffalo's final offensive drive, Cox bulled past Incognito again to draw a flag. Block this player with one lineman at your own risk. He was a monster in this one.

Play of the Game: In need of a big play, Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz pulled through and the Bills'  tackling woes returned. The Eagles appeared to run a pick play with Josh Huff closing on a Bills defender to free up Ertz. He caught the short pass, shucked away cornerback Leodis McKelvin and then motored upfield for 41 yards down to the Buffalo 18-yard line. The play led to the Eagles' go-ahead 30-yard field goal with 3:26 to go.

Streak ends: Tyrod Taylor's streak of pass attempts without an interception (a Bills record) was snapped at the worst possible time. Taylor aired a third-down ball deep on Buffalo's final possession that was picked off by Ed Reynolds, securing a Philly win. It was his first pick since Oct. 4 against the New York Giants.

Stat of the Game: 15 penalties. The flags flied again for Buffalo in this one. And with his two penalties Sunday, linebacker Jerry Hughes now has more than 100 yards in penalties on the season. No other DL/LB has this much. For all of his pass-rushing ability, Hughes' penalties have been an issue all season long.

Shady Watch: He had his moments. McCoy broke free for 24 yards on a run in the first half. But as the game progressed, Philadelphia got a feel for old teammate again. Players rallied to the ball to corral McCoy, and he didn't do much of anything in the second half. The Bills starter rushed for 11 yards on eight carries in the second half, unable to find any running room past the line of scrimmage. Cox, the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder, was a major reason why.

Up next: The Bills hit the road again to face a NFC East team, this time the Washington Redskins, who knocked off the Chicago Bears, 24-21, on Sunday. Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and a touchdown in the win.

 

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