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Fourth quarter analysis: Bills' need for changes on offense exemplified in playoff elimination

The Buffalo Bills were in a rebuilding year and still made the playoffs. That's the positive, but more changes are coming to this team. As Sunday showed, they must — especially on offense.

The Bills still haven't scored a touchdown in the playoffs since 1999. With the season on the line in the fourth quarter, the Bills still couldn't get anything going on offense. They were still, collectively, far too conservative, and they were still plagued by their season-long problems, including limited production from the receiving corps, overly conservative game management and questionable offensive coordinating.

For those thinking quarterback Tyrod Taylor would become more aggressive in the most dire of situations, those hopes were dashed. On third-and-6 early in the fourth quarter, Taylor had a clean pocket but still threw well short of the first-down marker for Nick O'Leary, missing him for an incomplete pass. When the Bills got the ball back with 1:51 left, his first pass underneath to LeSean McCoy was batted at the line, then he threw to Charles Clay behind the line of scrimmage and had receivers open before being injured on a scramble on the next play. Third-and-10 with the season on the line? Great spot for Mike Tolbert to spell LeSean McCoy.

Injury roundup: Taylor was placed in concussion protocol. Colt Anderson had a shoulder injury.

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