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FRIDAY BILLBOARD

The Big Picture: - Maybe there's hope for them, after all. Jake Arians kicked a 46-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining Thursday night to give the Bills a 13-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltel Stadium. Buffalo is 1-4 in the Gregg Williams era and suddenly only two games out of first place in the AFC East race. Did we say race?

Play of the Game: - Rob Johnson threw a perfect strike to Eric Moulds in the right corner of the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown, giving the Bills a 10-7 lead midway through the third quarter. The TD capped a nine-play, 63-yard drive on Buffalo's first possession of the second half -- after the Jaguars had scored a TD on their opening possession of the third quarter. It was a crucial momentum boost for the Bills, who had dominated the first half but had only a 3-0 lead to show for it.

Player of the Game: - Johnson. Buffalo's beleaguered quarterback had his finest game since the Kansas City win last season, quite possibly his finest game as a Bill, period. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown. He was as sharp and decisive as he's been all season in the West Coast offense and was sacked only two times.

Game Balls: - Williams got one for his first NFL head coaching victory. "He tried to give it to me," Johnson said. "But I told him I've gotten game balls before." A complete list was not available immediately after the game. Hey, give one to everybody.

Hit of the Day: - Rookie Nate Clements made a big hit on Jimmy Smith late in the opening half, jarring the ball loose from the Jaguars' Pro Bowl receiver. Clements, given his first start at right cornerback in place of Kenny Irvin, was a big hit in general, more than holding his own against Smith.

Quotable: - Arians, on making the game- winner after missing two field-goal attempts earlier in the game: "You miss two kicks. If you miss another, you figure you could be out of a job."

Unsung Hero: - Larry Centers. The veteran fullback has been desperate for a win all season, and he was not to be denied on this night. Centers had seven catches for 59 yards and fought for extra yardage every time he touched the ball. He was especially dominant on the drive that led to the winning field goal, accounting for 25 of Buffalo's yards.

Suit 'em Up: - Former Bills stars Thurman Thomas and Darryl Talley were at the game and visited the Buffalo dressing room afterward. Thomas and Talley made the two-hour drive up from Orlando, where they reside. Andre Reed used to live in Orlando, but he has since moved to San Diego.

Zebra Report: - They made one dubious call, flagging Clements for pass interference on a long pass intended for Smith. Replays showed Clements had position and Smith initiated the contact. The officials made the right call on Irvin's interception late in the first half, correctly ruling that he had possession before rolling over on the ball.

Counting the House: - A non-capacity crowd of 58,893 showed up at Alltel Stadium and spent much of the night booing the Jaguars. It was Jacksonville's second consecutive non-sellout and second all time. Until this year, the Jaguars had sold out every home game since joining the NFL in 1995.

Coming Attractions: - The big event is at hand, folks. With their first win of the season under their belts, the Bills will ride a wave of momentum to San Diego for their long- awaited confrontation with Doug Flutie and the Chargers a week from Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

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