The Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys lived down to expectations in the second quarter.
Both sputtering teams took turns trying to out-screw up each other, with the Bills making the last – and worst – mistake when quarterback Tyrod Taylor was intercepted trying to throw a fade pass to Chris Hogan with just 2 seconds left in the first half.
Hogan wasn't remotely open on the play, and Cowboys cornerback Deji Olatoye made an easy interception.
Dallas, meanwhile, punted from inside the Bills' 40-yard line and settled for a tying field goal by Dan Bailey instead of going for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the Buffalo 4-yard line on its two possessions in the second quarter a rather timid job of coaching by Jason Garrett.
Record setter: With a 6-yard run, Taylor set the Bills' single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback, topping the 476 yards set by Doug Flutie in 1999. Taylor ended the first half with 30 yards on four carries, pushing his season total to 480.
Injuries mount: Bills receiver/special teams gunner Marcus Easley was lost for the game in the second quarter when he suffered a left knee injury while covering a Buffalo punt. Easley collapsed in pain and was emotional as he was taken off the field on a cart, with the team announcing just a few minutes later that he would not return.