It’ll blow over because it came in a win, but the Bills made a mess of the clock at the end of the first half. After rookie Matt Milano made his first career interception, the Bills took over at the Tampa Bay 26-yard line with 23 seconds remaining and one timeout.
Coach Sean McDermott used that after LeSean McCoy gained 8 yards on a completion, leaving 12 seconds on the clock. Coming out of the timeout, Taylor threw a short pass to receiver Jordan Matthews in the flat, and he was tackled immediately by Bucs cornerback Robert McClain.
The Bills then couldn’t get to the line in time to spike the ball, missing out on a short field goal attempt.
“That was my fault,” coach Sean McDermott said after the game. “That was all my fault. I thought we could get three plays off right there, meaning a completion, or a shot” at the end zone “and then a spike after that. We’ll go back and work on that. That’s all my fault.”
Taylor said 12 seconds is right about the least amount of time remaining that would allow the Bills to run a play that gets stopped inbounds and still be able to spike the ball.
“But that didn’t happen,” he said. “Miscommunication between me, coach McDermott and coach Rick Dennison. It’s something we have to learn from and definitely can’t happen again moving forward. That was a big point in the game where we could have got three points.”