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Second-quarter analysis: Stevie steps up, but defense can't keep up

Stevie Johnson looked every bit a No. 1 receiver on the
Buffalo Bills’ first drive of the second quarter.

Johnson had four catches for 42 yards during the Bills’
eight-play, 72-yard drive that ended with his 13-yard touchdown catch that tied
the game, 7-7.

With the catch, Johnson ended a streak of four straight
games without a touchdown.

Johnson, though, came off the field midway through the
quarter with trainer Bud Carpenter. He did return to the field before halftime.

The Bills took a 10-7 lead with a 37-yard field goal by Dan
Carpenter with 4:38 to go in the second quarter, but the Buffalo defense
couldn’t hold it.

New Orleans took the lead less than a minute later on a
69-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to rookie Kenny Stills, then extended
the lead to 21-10 when Brees hooked up with tight end Jimmy Graham for a
15-yard score shortly before halftime.

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