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Bills need more from Tyrod late in games – just check the numbers

Miami scored a go-ahead touchdown late in Sunday's game and gave the ball back to the Bills with 3:56 to play.

Tyrod Taylor needed to drive the Bills offense 75 yards to the end zone to win their fifth straight game. Instead, the series went throwaway, incomplete pass, incomplete pass, punt.

Ryan Tannehill sealed the victory three plays later when he hit Kenny Stills for a 66-yard touchdown.

You can give Taylor a pass for coming up short Sunday if you'd like. Receivers Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas are on injured reserve, Robert Woods missed the game with a foot injury and star running back LeSean McCoy took himself out of the game when his hamstring injury acted up.

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But no matter how much criticism you decide Taylor deserves, there's no denying his performance has been weak when the Bills need him the most.

In Taylor's year and a half with the Bills, his teams are 2-7 in games when they've been tied or within one possession (eight points) at any point the fourth quarter. Taylor's numbers in those situations are poor: A completion percentage of 45.2 percent, a quarterback rating of 50.3 and more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2).

The wins have been memorable. Taylor's gutsy, go-ahead drive against the Titans is probably the one Bills fans remember most. Taylor led the charge with his arm and legs after picking up a knee injury that would keep him out of the next two games (thanks, Zach Brown). Against the Texans, he hit Charles Clay for long touchdown with under two minutes left to break a tie score.

But in all three of their losses this year, the Bills have had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game or take the lead. Each time, Taylor's offense has come up short. It's not always his fault, but the burden falls to the quarterback's shoulders.

General manager Doug Whaley has pointed specifically to late-game situations as an area in which he'd like to see Taylor improve. So far it hasn't been good enough.

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