Two pivotal fourth-down plays went wrong for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The first was a fourth-and-2 play from the New England 6-yard-line early in the second quarter. The score was 3-3. Bills coach Sean McDermott went for it.
Good call. You can't beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots by trading field goals for touchdowns (because you know Brady's going to produce some touchdowns).
But the Bills tried to get Charles Clay open in the left flat, he looked covered, Tyrod Taylor scrambled to the right and threw incomplete.
A great scoring opportunity was squandered. The Bills scored on the ensuing possession, getting an interception return for a touchdown by Jordan Poyer. But that was independent of the fourth-down failure.
Then in the fourth quarter, trailing 23-16, McDermott opted for a field-goal try on a fourth-and-1 situation from the New England 32.
If you go for it tied in the first quarter, shouldn't you go for it trailing early in the fourth?
Stephen Hauschka's 50-yard field goal try was a tad short and right. The Pats drove 60 yards for a TD and had a 30-16 lead.