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Joe Webb takes advantage of rare second chance in Bills' win

LeSean McCoy had a story to tell.

The Buffalo Bills’ running back hadn’t even taken a question at his postgame press conference Sunday following his team’s 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field before McCoy explained why he had confidence in quarterback Joe Webb.

Back in 2010, when McCoy was still in Philadelphia, the Eagles were cruising toward a first-round bye in the playoffs when they met Webb and the Minnesota Vikings.

“I had never heard of Joe Webb, you know what I mean?” McCoy said Sunday. “So I was like, ‘yo, this is going to be an easy game.’ … I was going to get my yards. Mike Vick was going to do his thing.

“Man, this dude was killing us. Read options, fake passes running, throws bombs. Beat us. So Joe came to camp, I said, ‘Joe, look, do the same stuff you did when you beat us. Nothing else.’ ”

Webb got that chance Sunday, replacing injured rookie Nathan Peterman in the third quarter.

“Like they say, you are one play away,” Webb said. “That’s the way I always prepare.”

Webb’s primary role with the Bills this season has been on special teams. He threw his first pass of the season in a Week 13 loss to the Patriots, but otherwise has had a minimal role on offense. Some weeks he practices at wide receiver in addition to his time spent at quarterback.

“I work with the guys throughout the week,” he said. “Not only throughout the week, but throughout the season. I know what different guys can do just by watching them on film or watching them at practice. It might be new for me to jump in with the offense, but guys work together. We work so hard throughout the week.”

Instead of playing a big role in the victory, Webb was nearly the main reason for what would have been a damaging loss. He made a poor pass intended for tight end Charles Clay that was intercepted by Chiefs safety Matthias Farley with 52 seconds left in regulation. The Colts, however, couldn’t capitalize on the takeaway when Adam Vinatieri’s 43-yard field goal missed wide left with 1 second left.

That gave Webb another life.

“In this league, you don’t get second chances a lot,” he said. “For me to have that chance, it was a blessing.”

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He made the most of it when he hit Deonte Thompson in overtime for a 34-yard completion on a third-and-6 play from the Bills’ 39-yard line. That got Buffalo deep into Indianapolis territory, and two plays later McCoy won the game with a 21-yard touchdown run.

Webb finished the game 2 of 6 for 35 yards. He gained 27 yards on five rushing attempts.

“We’re down to our third quarterback and what a gutsy performance,” coach Sean McDermott said. “Had some key first-down conversions with his feet and then had a couple with his arm as well. Big-time performance.”

“It was a great team win. It was a much-needed win for us,” Webb said. “Just to boost our confidence, build momentum, to show these guys we can do this.”

With starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor out Sunday because of a knee injury and Peterman’s status now uncertain, the Bills could be in a position where they need Webb to start in Week 15 against Miami.

“We’ll see what coach McDermott has in store,” Webb said. “I will always be ready if my number’s called. If that’s the case, then I’ll be prepared for it.”

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