Here's how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 13-7 overtime victory against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday worked out:
1. No matter who plays quarterback, perform as the superior club they are. Check.
The Bills wound up finishing the game with third-string quarterback Joe Webb, who took over late in the third quarter after rookie Nathan Peterman, who was starting for injured Tyrod Taylor, exited with a concussion.
Webb was far from spectacular, which could be said for the way most of the players from both teams performed. He completed only two of six passes for 35 yards, and threw an interception that nearly gave the Colts the win near the end of regulation (Adam Vinatieri's missed field-goal attempt from 43 yards took him off the hook).
But he did make a decisive, 34-yard throw to Deonte Thompson that helped set up LeSean McCoy's winning 21-yard touchdown run in overtime. Peterman was 5-of-10 for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Taylor, who was sidelined with a knee injury he suffered in last Sunday's loss against the New England Patriots, could be back as the starter next Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
2. On-again, off-again running game should be on. Check-plus.
McCoy finished with 156 yards on 32 carries, giving him an average of 4.9 yards per rush. He handled the slippery conditions better than anyone on the field, something he also had done as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
He made cuts and bursts and even jumps that often left Colt defenders face-down in the snow.
This was a fairly significant accomplishment given that the one area of the Colts that had been solid through their dreadful season was their run defense. Now, the Bills have to keep this rolling in order to keep their postseason hopes alive.
3. Kelvin Benjamin is at the head of the table for feasting on Colts' secondary. Check.
He caught an eight-yard Peterman pass for a touchdown that gave the Bills a 7-0 lead late in the second quarter. He finished as the game's leading receiver with three receptions for 38 yards, including a 21-yard grab.
However, Benjamin twice was forced to limp off the field with an injury to his right knee, the same one that had kept him out of the two previous games after he injured it against the Los Angeles Chargers.
4. The run defense has to regain the form it showed at Kansas City. Not quite.
Frank Gore ran for 130 yards, although he only averaged 3.6 yards per rush and the Colts averaged 3.5 yards per attempt as a team.
Thanks to poor footing from about eight inches of snow that accumulated throughout the game, defending the run was a huge challenge for both teams. It usually gave the ball carrier the advantage because he knew where he was going. And when he was able to make cuts, defenders struggled to change direction.
5. Sean McDermott and his staff are hands-down winners of the coaching battle. Can't really say that.
Sure, they did their part to get the Bills ready to play and, ultimately, win a game they desperately had to have to remain in the playoff hunt.
However, McDermott is going to have a hard time living down his decision to punt in overtime on fourth-and-1 from the Colts' 41-yard line. Besides giving the Colts an opportunity to win, that could very well have led to the Bills ending up in a tie, which would have been as harmful to their postseason aspirations as losing.
They lucked out by getting the ball back and being able to drive for the winning score. But McDermott is likely to continue to hear about that call for a fairly long time.