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Vic Carucci's Points After: Steelers 27, Bills 20

Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 27-20 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at New Era Field:

End of Rex?: Multiple media reports before the game said the Bills could fire coach Rex Ryan as soon as Monday. Given a mostly sloppy and sometimes lifeless performance, the players seemed to do very little to help Ryan's cause.

The Bills fell to 6-7. Although they are technically still alive for a playoff spot, they seemingly have little chance of snapping a 16-year postseason drought.

Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley are, according to NFL sources, squabbling over the future of quarterback Tyrod Taylor. League sources say that Ryan wants the Bills to stick with Taylor beyond this season, while Whaley wants the team to turn to rookie Cardale Jones for the remaining three games and find a new starter for next season.

Player of the game: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. He rushed for 236 yards, the most the Bills have ever allowed by one player and the most for any Steeler in franchise history, and three touchdowns. Bell finished with 298 yards from scrimmage.

Bell became the second player to run for 200 yards against the Bills this season, the first time in their history they've allowed a pair of 200-yard rushers.

Play of the game: Bell's third touchdown run. He practically walked in from five yards, with Bills' defenders barely giving any effort in pursuit, to give the Steelers a 21-7 lead in the third quarter.

McCoy's milestones: LeSean McCoy's three-yard touchdown run to cut the margin to 27-20 in the fourth quarter allowed him to:

*Become the fourth active running back with 70 career touchdowns;

*Register his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. It’s the second time in his career that he has scored 10 rushing touchdowns (17 in 2011);

*Become the first Bills player with 10 rushing touchdowns since Willis McGahee in 2004 (13).

Run to 2,000: The Bills have surpassed the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season. It is the sixth time they have generated 2,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns in a season, and the first since 1990.

Sammy's 16th: Sammy Watkins made his 16th career touchdown reception to cut the score to 14-7 late in the second quarter. He became the fifth Bills player to reach that total in his first three seasons. The others are Lee Evans (24), Elbert Dubenion (18), Jerry Butler (18), and Andre Reed (16).

Tyrod ties JP: Tyrod Taylor's two touchdown passes gave him 33 as a member of the Bills and tied him with JP Losman for eighth place on the franchise's all-time TD pass list.

Gilmore's fifth: Stephon Gilmore notched his fifth interception of the season, making him the first Bills player with five in a season since Jairus Byrd in 2012.

Carpenter extends streak: Dan Carpenter extended his scoring streak to 61 games, giving him sole possession of second on the team’s list for that category. Scott Norwood owns the longest streak at 92 games.

Counting the house: The Bills announced they distributed 69,657 tickets for the game. Many belonged to Steeler fans, who had plenty of opportunities to twirl their gold Terrible Towels.

Up next: The Bills' three-game home stand continues against the 0-13 Cleveland Browns Sunday. That ought to put some fannies in the seats, huh?

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