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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills still in the hunt after winning in a snowy game

The Bills weathered the most severe snowstorm they've ever experienced in their Orchard Park stadium to claim a 13-7 overtime victory over the Colts and remain in the playoff picture. "Winter's wrath is supposed to be a major part of home-field advantage, something to embrace and wear like a snowflake-shaped badge of honor," Vic Carucci wrote. "But Sunday was different."

Heavy snowfall, swirling winds and near-whiteout conditions didn't keep Bills fans from circling the wagons, however. Kyle Williams, the longest-tenured member of the team, praised "the toughest damn people in the world" for braving the elements.

Galleries: The snow set the scene for some incredible images. (Related: Smiles from the tailgate before the lake-effect event.)

Jerry Sullivan: Inspired by a visit from baseball legend Darryl Strawberry, LeSean McCoy saved the day in the snow.

Bucky Gleason: For the first time in three seasons, the Bills won without Tyrod Taylor. The quarterback is ready and willing to return next week. But do the Bills believe he is able to lead them to the playoffs?

Tim Graham: Adam Vinatieri's snow-globe magic 16 years ago inspired a young Stephen Hauschka. On a difficult day for kickers, Hauschka empathized with the all-time great. (Related: Vinatieri's futile field goal.)

Miss anything? Catch up with our quarter-by-quarter breakdowns: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th


Peterman in concussion protocol: For the second time in four weeks, Nathan Peterman started at quarterback but did not finish the game. This time it was due to injury.

Webb steps in: When Peterman went out, Joe Webb took advantage of his second chance.

Unsung hero: Long-snapper Reid Ferguson had zero margin for error and did not disappoint.

Vic Carucci's Take Five: The Bills did all that was necessary to defeat the lowly Colts.

Mark Gaughan's Matchup Winners: Running backs, punters and coaches decided the outcome.

Ten Plays that Shaped the GameDeonte Thompson's lone reception was a remarkable one.

Jay Skurski's 10 observations: Those who attended the game will have an incredible story to tell.

Report card: Shady's brillance overcame shaky coaching.

Social scenes: Bills players made snow angels on the field after the win. Bills fans built snowmen in the stands. The Twitter reactions were festive.

Watch: Our team's takeaways from an unforgettable game. Sean McDermott's press conference.

What they said: Transcripts from postgame interviews with McDermott, McCoy, Williams and more.

Looking ahead: Five things to know about the Miami Dolphins, who visit New Era Field next Sunday.

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