Mark Gaughan's Big Play: 3 things went right on Tre'Davious White's TD return - The Buffalo News

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Mark Gaughan's Big Play: 3 things went right on Tre'Davious White's TD return

Leslie Frazier coached aggressively. Jerry Hughes took advantage of a mismatch. Tre'Davious White played to the whistle.

Those three factors created the big play of the game for the Buffalo Bills in their 23-17 upset of the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

White returned a third-quarter fumble 52 yards for a touchdown after Hughes knocked the ball out of Matt Ryan's hands on a pass attempt.

Atlanta faced a third-and-9 situation from their 47. Rather than sit back in a zone coverage, Frazier called a 6-man blitz, with linebackers Preston Brown and Matt Milano rushing off right tackle.

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Hughes was too quick around the other edge for left tackle Jake Matthews and hit Ryan's forearm. There was no whistle, and White scooped it up and sprinted, unchased, to the end zone. Hughes gave Matthews problems with speed-rushing much of the game.

Was Ryan's arm going forward on the pass play? Yes. But upon review, officials ruled the ball had been dislodged before Ryan's arm caused it to fly forward.

The play gave Buffalo a 14-10 lead and a slew of big plays for the Bills followed. But the Bills never trailed after White's big TD.

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