OAKLAND -- Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 38-24 loss against the Oakland Raiders Sunday at Oakland Alameda-County Coliseum:
Stunning turn of events: Somehow, the Bills managed to blow a 24-9 lead with 9:01 left in the third quarter by allowing 29 unanswered points. It was an epic defensive collapse and raised the biggest questions of all about whether Tyrod Taylor has what it takes to be the Bills' long-term answer at quarterback. The Bills needed him to step up in a shootout, and he stepped about as far down as possible.
Turn out the lights: The Bills' season is, for most practical purposes, over. They likely needed to win all of their remaining five games to have a shot at making the playoffs as a wild-card team. Now, they're on the verge of elimination with four games left.
It didn't help that two other AFC West teams with better records than the Bills (Kansas City and Denver) and the Pittsburgh Steelers also won, even though they got help from Miami's loss.
Player of the game: Khalil Mack. The former University at Buffalo standout defensive end and current NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate for the Raiders was every bit the "game-wrecker" Taylor said he was. He forced an interception by Taylor that helped set up the touchdown that gave the Raiders a 38-24 lead with 8:34 left in the fourth quarter. He also had a sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery for the second week in a row.
Player of the game II: LeSean McCoy. He rushed 17 times for 130 yards, including a 54-yarder to begin the third quarter. That marked the first time in McCoy's career he had runs of 50 or more yards in back-to-back games. He also caught three passes for 21 yards. McCoy had his 31st career 100-yard game and eighth with the Bills. He's the ninth player to record at least eight 100-yard rushing games with the Bills.
Sunday marked his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He's the first Bill with five 100-yard rushing games in a season since CJ Spiller, who had five in 2012.
Play of the game: Mack actually had two of equal value by forcing Taylor into an interception by Nate Allen that set up the Raiders' final score and had a sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery to help seal the outcome in the fourth quarter.
Taylor ties Fergy: Taylor's touchdown run to give the Bills a 17-9 third-quarter lead tied Joe Ferguson (10) for the second-most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in team history. He's also the first Bills quarterback with six rushing TDs in a season since Daryle Lamonica in 1964.
Big first, big runs: The Bills' 147 total yards in the first quarter was their biggest opening-quarter production of the season. Also, with 212 rushing yards, the Bills have rushed for 150 yards or more in five consecutive games. It’s the third-longest streak in team history. It's also the longest since a five-game streak in 1975.
Grounding for points: The Bills' three rushing touchdowns gave them 23 for the season. That's the third-highest total in team history and the highest since 1975, when the Bills had 26.
McCoy does it again: For the seventh consecutive season, McCoy has 1,000 yards from scrimmage.
Carpenter ties Christie: Dan Carpenter's 27-yard field goal to give the Bills a 3-0 first-quarter lead made it 60 consecutive games in which he has scored, tying him with Steve Christie for the second-longest streak in team history.
Counting the House: The attendance was announced as 54,759 and, although there were very tiny pockets of Bills fans, this place was covered in Raider black and silver. Quite a sight!
Up next: It's home for most of the holidays for the Bills. They begin a three-game stand at New Era Field next Sunday against the Steelers.