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Ten Plays that Shaped the Game: Thompson big in OT

Deonte Thompson used to chase rabbits through the mucky soil of sugar cane fields when he was a youngster growing up in Belle Glade, Fla.

Belle Glade, located due west of West Palm Beach, is sometimes referred to as Muck City.

Maybe that experience long ago helped the Buffalo Bills' receiver navigate the ankle-high snow Sunday at New Era Field.

Thompson made the catch of the game in overtime to help the Bills outlast the Indianapolis Colts, 13-7.

His play tops the 10 Plays that Shaped the Game:

1. Good hands. Thompson's 34-yard catch from Joe Webb with 1:52 left converted a third-and-6 situation. It gave the Bills a first down at the Colts' 27.

"We came in the huddle, I had been telling Joe Webb, 'I got him, man. Put some air under it and throw it up,' " Thompson said. "We called the play and we made it happen."

Thompson beat cornerback Kenny Moore down the right sideline. The pass from Webb was a tad behind him, but Thompson leaped and snatched the ball out of the air, despite the fact Moore grabbed his midsection, drawing a pass interference penalty.

"I've never been in that much snow," Thompson said. "I'm from Belle Glade, Fla., man. We don't see this kind of snow. But it was fun, actually. ... I was cold, wet, everything. But I get paid to make that catch. So that's what I've got to do."

It was Thompson's only catch of the game. It was his 20th in eight games with the Bills since being picked up off the street after being waived by the Chicago Bears on Oct. 11.

2. Shady TD. Three plays after Thompson's catch, LeSean McCoy ended the game with a 21-yard touchdown run.

What was the call, Richie Incognito was asked?

"Run right behind Richie," said the Bills' left guard.

It was a textbook, straight-ahead, zone blocking play. Incognito made the key block, double-teaming with tackle Dion Dawkins on defensive tackle Johnathan Hawkins then moving to the second level and smacking middle linebacker Antonio Morrison straight backward. Eric Wood sealed off nose tackle Al Woods. That created a big alley for McCoy who burst past diving safety Matthias Farley.

The Bills used six offensive linemen, with extra tackle Ryan Groy and tight end Nick O'Leary lined up to the left of Dawkins.

"It was just a tight zone left, and we hit them," Incognito said. "They gave us the look and we made them pay."

3. Big penalty. The Bills got a reprieve when Colts receiver Kamar Aiken was flagged for offensive pass interference to wipe out a successful two-point conversion pass from Jacoby Brissett to Jack Doyle that would have given the Colts an 8-7 lead.

Aiken screened Bills safety Micah Hyde, just as he did on Doyle's 3-yard TD catch just before the conversion try.

"I felt like the first one was, too," Hyde said of pass interference. "I made an attempt to get around it, which kind of hurt me because it didn't look as bad as the second one. The second one, he screened me and I just stood there."

4. Big kick. After the penalty, Colts place-kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a 43-yard extra point to tie it, 7-7.

"That was impressive," Hyde said. "I swear that ball was not going in. It got up in the wind and it just curved right in. I was signaling no good and then it went in. That was crazy."

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5. Big wideout I. Kelvin Benjamin used his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame to get the Bills their touchdown late in the second quarter. Benjamin made a back-shoulder catch from Nathan Peterman for 21 yards to the Colts' 8. Moore had tight coverage but could not react quickly enough to the throw behind him. Benjamin landed on Moore, and the cornerback had to leave the game for a play.

6. Big wideout II. On the next play, the Bills picked on Moore's replacement, second-year man Chris Milton, for an 8-yard TD to Benjamin. Milton had played only seven defensive snaps all season, and the TD was his only snap on Sunday. Benjamin ran a fade pattern up the right sideline. Peterman's pass was on target. Milton stopped moving his feet then realized Benjamin was two steps behind him.

7. Near disaster. Webb's feet weren't set when he threw a weak pass intercepted by Matthias Fairley at the Buffalo 37 with 52 seconds left in regulation.

8. Big break. The Colts wasted at least 20 seconds at the end of regulation before setting up Vinatieri on third down for a 43-yard field-goal try, which he missed. Brissett let time run off and spiked a second-down play with 6 seconds left.

"I screwed it up," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "That's on me, to get over there, unprotected, get on the right hash, and we didn't accomplish that. ... We had to kick from the middle and try to move a bunch of snow around."

9. Leapin' LeSean. McCoy hurdled safety Darius Butler on a 25-yard run that set up the Benjamin TD.

10. Wide right. Vinatieri's 33-yard field goal try in the first quarter gusted way right of the goal posts.

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