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Big picture: The same. The Bills don't play again until the weekend of Jan. 12-13 in Rich Stadium. They'll play the remaining wild-card team with the worst record.

Play of the day: Alvin Walton's fourth-quarter interception of a Gale Gilbert pass, which he returned 60 yards. It set up Washington's first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Gerald Riggs, which broke open the contest.
Best sign: "Year of the Buffalo." OK, so it wasn't the day of the Buffalo.
Quote of the day: "We have better things to look forward to." -- Bills' defensive end Bruce Smith.
December: The loss spoiled a perfect December for the Bills. "December" and "perfection" are a combination that seldom has been used in connection with the Bills.
Hit of the day: Guard Jim Ritcher's block of blitzing Washington linebacker Andre Collins in the first quarter.
Worst foot backward: Carwell Gardner, the Bills' rookie fullback, was ejected from the game when he stepped back to place his left foot on the neck of Washington tackle Tracy Rocker. Rocker had a hold of Gardner's right foot and wouldn't let go. But Stompin' in the NFL is illegal. Ask Jim Haslett.
Smith vs. Lachey: It was supposed to be one of the matchups of the year, Bruce Smith, the Bills' all-pro defensive end, vs. Jim Lachey, Washington's all-pro offensive tackle. It turned out to be Bruce vs. Lachey and two other guys. Bruce didn't have a sack, but he still played an outstanding game.
NFC: Buffalo ended up 3-1 vs. the other conference. When it meant something, Buffalo came up big against Philadelphia and the Giants.
Blanked: Thurman Thomas had a shot at the NFL rushing title, but he was blanked on five carries. Washington's Ernest Byner, who averaged 122.7 yards a game over the previous six weeks, was held to 34 yards in 11 carries. Thomas' old college understudy at Oklahoma State, Barry Sanders, won the NFL title with 1,304 yards, the lowest total in 18 years (not counting the strike season of 1982).
Streaking: Ex-Syracuse star Art Monk caught a pass in his 116th straight game. In fact he caught six for 61 yards.
Injury report: "Don't get hurt" was the slogan of the day, but Bills' defensive end Leon Seals did. The preliminary diagnosis is a pinched cartilage in his left knee. The prognosis is bright.
Turnovers: In the last 12 games, only one Buffalo running back or wide receiver had lost a fumble. That was Don Smith on the enemy 2-yard line when he dove for the end zone. Sunday, the Bills lost two fumbles in the first quarter. Later, Gale Gilbert was intercepted twice.
Zebra watch: Head linesman Sid Semon prevented one of the outrageous non-calls of the season when he threw a flag 15 yards away when he saw Redskins corner Darrell Green tackle Andre Reed of the Bills on the Washington 17 before the ball arrived. Side judge Tom Finchen, who watched the play from about 60 inches away, never reached for his flag.
Alumni: Ex-Bill Martin Mayhew accounted for one of the two Washington interceptions. Another ex-Bill, Joe Howard, caught two passes for 19 yards.
Weatherman: It was a balmy 68 degrees at halftime in RFK Stadium, although nearby parking lots still had piles of unmelted snow from last week's storm.
Getting a kick: Chip Lohmiller's five field goals were the most by a Bills' opponent since Jan Stenerud of Kansas City hit five in 1971.

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