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PEERLESS' FEARLESS FORECASTS ABOUT KICKS PROVE ON TARGET

Peerless Price of the Buffalo Bills told fellow wide receiver Eric Moulds that New England's Adam Vinatieri would miss a pair of game-clinching field-goal attempts before it happened.

Relax, Dionne Warwick. You and your psychic friends have nothing to worry about. Price is quite happy with his other vocation.

And it was a job well done as Price matched a career high with five catches for 62 yards in the Bills' 13-10 overtime victory over the Patriots Sunday at Foxboro Stadium.

"Anytime I get the opportunity, I'm going to try to make something happen," Price said. "(Quarterback) Doug (Flutie) and (offensive coordinator) Joe (Pendry) looked my way a lot more today, and I was able to make some plays."

Actually, Price hadn't made many plays recently since a five-catch, 106-yard performance in Seattle nine games ago. He's caught a few passes, but few had much of an impact on the Bills' offense.

But with Andre Reed's playing time limited because of sore ribs, Price re-emerged as a big-play threat. His biggest contribution was a nice 24-yard catch in the fourth quarter that helped set up a game-tying touchdown run by Jonathan Linton. Price also had a seven-yard grab during the winning drive in overtime.

"Peerless Price made some big plays," Bills coach Wade Phillips said. "Andre's banged up a little bit, and Peerless came in and did a nice job for us. He made a heck of a catch on one play and he made a big play on another. The more he plays, the better he gets."

Price said he had a feeling he would play more Sunday because of Reed's condition. However, Reed's playing time already had been cut back in order to get Price on the field more.

It's no secret Reed is unhappy with the arrangement, but Price said the veteran wideout was there for him throughout the game.

"He tells me what they are doing out there and what I should've done on a particular pass route," Price said. "He was cheering for me when I made a couple of plays, and he said, 'I'm on your side 100 percent. Just keep making plays.' "

Referee Mike Carey explained the ruling on Jonathan Linton's fourth-quarter fumble that led to a New England touchdown. It was reviewed on instant replay at the behest of the Bills, but the video was deemed inconclusive.

"I saw the runner down with his elbow," Carey said. "The ball was not visible until he rolled over and then the ball was visible on his chest. I had no other shot."

Carey also was questioned on why Patriots defensive line Chad Eaton was allowed to get up with the ball and return the fumble 30 yards. That, too, was ruled inconclusive.

"The view I had with number 90 with the ball did not show a clear view that he had been touched at all and then the (replay) time ran out," Carey explained.

Linton on his two fumbles:

"It was my fault. I can't put the blame on anybody else but me. I laid the ball on the ground and that's absolutely unacceptable for me as a person and for the coaches."

Flutie wore gloves Sunday for the first time this year. The gloves, used by glass cutters, were modified for a better fit by former CFL player Jim Sandusky. The Sandmans -- the brand name -- came in handy during the windy conditions at Foxboro Stadium.

"The wind can really dry my hands out and make it tougher to grip the ball," said Flutie, who wore the gloves four times in the CFL, including the last two Grey Cups he played in. "The gloves were a big help. I'm just very comfortable with them."

Center Jerry Ostroski strained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the third quarter, but he was able to finish the game. His status will be updated today.

Running back Antowain Smith missed his second straight game with turf toe. Other Bills inactives were Joe Panos, Victor Allotey, Bill Conaty, linebacker Jay Foreman and wide receivers Kamil Loud and Jeremy McDaniel.

Bruce Smith now has 12 1/2 sacks against Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The only other quarterback Smith has sacked more is former New York Jet Ken O'Brien (17 1/2 ). . . . Flutie passed for 212 yards Sunday to go over 3,000 for the first time in six NFL seasons. However, he saw his streak of 12 consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped. . . . There are 14,000 tickets remaining for the Bills' final home game Sunday against the AFC East champion Indianapolis Colts. The game must be sold out by 1 p.m. Thursday for the blackout to be lifted.

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