The 56-10 rout of the Buffalo Bills by the New England Patriots on Sunday night might have produced a sliver of a silver lining on a night filled with dark clouds all over the football field.
Orchard Park police, working with stadium security officers and the Erie County Sheriff's Office, logged "only" 28 arrests. While that is slightly higher than the average number at a Bills game, it is fewer than half the 64 arrests logged at the Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 8.
Two ingredients were present for a nightmare night for law enforcement officials: an 8:15 p.m. start that allowed many fans to drink all day before the game and a one-sided loss that could have left Bills fans in an ornery mood.
But the game was such a rout that an exodus of fans began at halftime and continued steadily until the final gun.
"I think the tone was set with [quarterback J.P.] Losman's [early] interception," Orchard Park Police Chief Samuel M. McCune said Monday. "Things went downhill, and then people started leaving."
That exodus also affected the postgame tailgate parties that often present authorities with problems related to heavy drinking.
"There wasn't a lot of partying in the parking lots afterwards," McCune said. "They didn't stay around long."
Because of the lateness of the game, officials did not have a breakdown, as of late Monday, on the number of people ejected or turned away at the gate.
Police records show that one man, Dennis P. Wolfer II, 25, of Delevan, was charged with assault, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.
Fourteen of the 28 were charged with criminal trespass, sometimes along with other charges. They were:
Ellen J. MacGregor, 25, Blasdell; David C. Cawthorne, 27, Pickering, Ont.; Timothy R. Painter, 22, Buffalo; Robert A. Wasinger Jr., 28, Town of Tonawanda; Marshall J. Boyce, 25, Mississauga, Ont.; Richard J. Breton, 22, Toronto; Louis J. Brunetto, 22, Snyder.
Also, Phillip M. Kossakowski, 19, West Seneca; Adam J. Byford, 32, Oakville, Ont.; Jason A. Newlands, 24, Niagara Falls, Ont.; Robert L. LaPointe, 50, Barrington, N.H.; Jason T. Batt, 23, Raleigh, N.C.; Adam W. Neal, 32, Milton, Ont.; and Hamilton D. Sage, 19, Attica.
Charged with resisting arrest, sometimes with other charges, were:
Andrew C. McLellan, 23, London, Ont.; Dominic Gauthier, 26, Brossard, Quebec; Travis S. MacGregor, 26, Blasdell; Geoffrey J. Rusinek, 23, Lancaster; Wesley D. King, 22, Clarence; Jeffrey W. Wood, 21, Farmington; and Donald R. Spacone, 22, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Facing charges of obstructing governmental administration are:
Mark J. Horey, 20, Spencerport, and David A. Donald, 30, Peterborough, Ont.
Charged with harassment or disorderly conduct were:
Jesse H. Wolfson, 32, Toronto; Tafari O. Jenkins, 26, Ithaca; and Darryl J. Richardson, 25, London, Ont.
William A. McKenney, 24, of Peterborough, N.H., was charged with marijuana possession.