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Second-quarter analysis: Tyrod Taylor throws brutal interception to end forgettable half

 

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.

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