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Insta-Graham: Buffalo's playoff chances now a smoldering heap

The Buffalo Bills might mathematically still be in the playoff race.

I couldn't tell you. I don't have the energy to find out.

But their season ostensibly came to an end Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Bills lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-20, and with what else happened around the NFL saw a season go up in smoke.

The New York Jets won. The Pittsburgh Steelers won. The Kansas City Chiefs won. Even the Jacksonville Jaguars won.

With three games left, Buffalo is way behind the pack at 6-7.

Buffalo struggled in many areas against an erratic opponent. Buffalo's offensive line committed 15 penalties for 101 yards. Richie Incognito had a particularly rough game. He had two flags for 25 yards and was beaten by Fletcher Cox for big losses. A fumbled Marcus Thigpen punt return led to a Philly touchdown. Tyrod Taylor threw a game-ending interception.

LeSean McCoy was the main attraction. His first game against the Eagles and Chip Kelly, the coach who traded him, was nothing special. McCoy's stat line was decent: 20 carries for 74 yards and four catches for 35 yards. But he didn't reach the end zone.

The Eagles seemed in command for most of the game. The biggest hiccup was a grand Taylor throw to Sammy Watkins for a 47-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Michael Gillislee ran the Bills' other touchdown from 19 yards late in the third quarter.

But the Eagles never trailed.


That elite defense, all those playmakers, all that big talk about the playoffs?

Charred cinders.

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