Most of the 68,191 fans filed out of Ralph Wilson Stadium assuming the Buffalo Bills defeated the Oakland Raiders, 38-35, but there was a bit of drama at the end of the game.
Bills rookie safety Da'Norris Searcy intercepted Jason Campbell's pass in the end zone, but Oakland receiver Denarius Moore, a nuisance all afternoon for Buffalo, appeared to get his hands on the ball as they landed on the turf.
Shortly after most of the players from both teams went to the locker room and some Bills fans were outside The Ralph making Super Bowl plans, it was announced that the play was under review. But actually, it wasn't.
Referee Mike Carey said after the game that he received an erroneous transmission from the replay booth that the play was under review.
"It was ruled an interception," Carey said. "We came into the locker room after delaying to see if it was going to be reviewed. I got a beep in the locker room, a buzz in the locker room, that said review. [I] went back out, put the headset on. They weren't set up but it was an erroneous transmission, and they had already confirmed the ruling on the field."
Yet everyone assumed the play was under review because Carey was shown with the headset on underneath the monitor.
"When I got out there they said it had already been confirmed," Carey said. "There was no need for a review. It was an erroneous transmission to my buzzer for review."
Bills coach Chan Gailey said an official came into the team's locker room and said the play was being reviewed.
"We were in there high-fiving and congratulating each other," Gailey said. "I knew they had to look at it. Searcy said he had the ball the whole way and it wasn't an issue. You have to trust your players, but when he puts his head under the hood, you never know."
Searcy said Moore didn't have his hands on the ball.
"Once I caught it because I went up over everyone and my hands were the first hands to touch it and as I started coming down they tried to come up and tried to grab it," said Searcy about the first interception of his career. "I just turned away and fell on top of everybody."
After the game, cornerback Drayton Florence said to Searcy, who wears No. 25, "That's a great play, two-five! You just don't know how big a play that was."
The Bills could be without wide receiver Roscoe Parrish and guard Kraig Urbik for a period of time with injuries.
Parrish suffered a left ankle injury, which Gailey said will keep him on the sidelines for "a while." Gailey said Urbik will be out a few weeks with a knee injury.
Parrish hopped off to the sidelines and was eventually carted off the field late in the second quarter, while Urbik was injured just before halftime and was replaced by Chad Rinehart.
The Bills have already lost Marcus Easley for the season, and Parrish's injury cuts even further into the depth at wide receiver.
"Guys that we weren't exactly playing a lot are going to have to come on and play," Gailey said. "I feel like we got a system that allows a guy to be successful if he'll be at the right place at the right time and can win some one-on-ones. We've got to catch the ball, too. We dropped too many today."
Not only did the Bills' defense allow 454 total yards, but the Raiders converted 8 of 12 (67 percent) on third down.
"I'm definitely disappointed in our performance with giving up so many points and yards," Bills linebacker Nick Barnett said. "We'll clean that stuff up we might have to win some games 13-10 sometimes. It's a three-phase game and we've got to clean some things up but overall I'm happy we won. What can I say?"
The Raiders were flagged for eight penalties totaling 85 yards on Sunday, which is an improvement from last week when they were hit 15 times for 131 yards in their 23-20 defeat of the Denver Broncos.
Oakland's penalties and yards were both league highs after Week One. Last week, six teams -- the New York Jets, Kansas City, Washington, New Orleans, Cincinnati and San Diego -- combined to commit 14 penalties for 91 yards and the Jets weren't penalized once. A year ago, Oakland led the league in penalty yardage (1,161) and was tied for second with Baltimore in penalties committed (117).
Florence started in place of Terrence McGee, who was inactive on Sunday with a hamstring injury. Other Bills inactives included Torell Troup, Arthur Moats, Justin Rogers, Sam Young, Colin Brown and Lee Smith.
On the inactive list for Oakland were Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy, its top three receivers. Others were Mike Mitchell, Stephon Heyer, David Ausberry and Kevin Boss.
Fred Jackson received the bulk of the carries again, but backup C.J. Spiller made the most of his, getting 63 yards on four carries. The second-year back averaged 15.8 yards per attempt. Ryan Fitzpatrick recorded his 50th career TD pass with his 6-yard completion to Scott Chandler with 4:48 left in the game. With 264 passing yards, Fitzpatrick passed Rob Johnson for ninth place on the team's career passing yards list. Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski didn't attempt a field goal but hit one of two 53-yard attempts during warm-ups. Janikowski tied a record with a 63-yard field goal last week against Denver. This is the eighth time the Bills opened the season with back-to-back 30-plus points games and the first since 2003. The 35-point second half tied for the second-most in franchise history. The Bills scored 41 vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 9, 1979, and 35 on three other occasions, the last at Cincinnati on Nov. 21, 2010.