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Late in Monday night’s game between the Patriots
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and the Bills Ramon Humber Jerseys 2019 , NFL history was almost made, as the first one-point safety ever was almost scored.A lot of fans probably don’t even realize that there is such a thing as a one-point safety, because there’s never been on in NFL history. But it does exist, and if it ever does happen in the NFL it will probably happen like this: A team scores a touchdown and is going for two. The offense throws an interception into the end zone, the defensive player takes it out of the end zone, then he gets hit just after he runs out of the end zone, fumbles back into the end zone, and one of his teammates recovers. That would be a safety, but because it comes on a two-point conversion attempt instead of a regular play from scrimmage, it would be a one-point safety.That nearly happened after a Patriots fourth-quarter touchdown on Monday night: Tom Brady passed into the end zone on the two-point conversion attempt White Jerry Hughes Jerseys , Bills linebacker Julian Stanford intercepted, then started to run the ball out, was hit and fumbled, and the Bills recovered in the end zone. If Stanford had crossed the goal line with the ball before fumbling back into the end zone, the Bills’ recovery in the end zone would have given the Patriots one point. However, Stanford never brought the ball out of the end zone before fumbling, so that made the play like a touchback, not a safety.If the Patriots had recovered the fumble in the end zone, it would have been a successful two-point conversion. It looked like the Patriots actually might have jumped on it, but the officials ruled it recovered by the Bills Jerry Hughes Jerseys 2019 , and ESPN did not show any replay angles that were conclusive.ESPN’s broadcast didn’t pay much attention to the play, perhaps because the folks at ESPN weren’t aware of the dynamics at play. Former referee Jeff Triplette works on ESPN’s Monday night broadcasts but rarely chimes in and didn’t say anything about the play last night.One-point safeties have happened in college football, including in a couple of high-profile games, the 2004 Texas-Texas A&M game and the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Eventually, one will happen in the NFL. And now you’ll know what’s happening. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon isn’t concerned about an injury that sidelined him for much of the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.“Nah, it’s just a little upper body, but I’ll be straight,” Gordon said.Whatever pain there might have been was offset by Gordon matching a career high by scoring three touchdowns, and the Chargers holding off a late Bills comeback attempt to secure a 31-20 win.“It felt good because that just showed us what type of offense we can be Youth Dion Dawkins Jerseys ,” said Gordon, who left with just over 11 minutes remaining. “It’s good to have confirmation, so we’ve just got to keep that going.”A week after putting up 541 yards but lacking finish in a season-opening 38-28 loss to Kansas City, the Chargers were less productive but more efficient. Gordon scored on three consecutive drives in helping the Chargers build a 28-3 lead with 1:55 left in the second quarter.The Bills, meanwhile, continued to show signs of unraveling even though rookie quarterback Josh Allen provided the offense some semblance of a spark in his first career start, and a week after a season-opening 47-3 meltdown at Baltimore.Veteran cornerback Vontae Davis created a significant stir by leaving the team at halftime, coach Sean McDermott said. Running back LeSean McCoy did not return and was still experiencing pain in the locker room because of a rib injury. And McDermott revealed he took over the defensive play-calling from coordinator Leslie Frazier to start the second half.On Davis, McDermott said: “Pulled himself out of the game. He communicated to us that he was done.”That move didn’t sit well with Buffalo’s two senior defensive leaders.“I think the only thing to say is he’s where he needs to be right now,” tackle Kyle Williams said.Asked where that might be Dion Dawkins Jerseys Stitched , Williams responded: “That’s not here point blank and simple.”Defensive end Lorenzo Alexander was equally blunt when asked about Davis.“I don’t have nothing to say about Vontae so I’ll give him a little bit more respect than he showed us today as far as quitting on us in the middle of the game,” Alexander said. “Never seen it, ever. Pop Warner. High school. College. Pros.”Davis was credited with one tackle. He’s a 10-year veteran who signed a one-year contract in free agency in March.The Bills provided Davis a chance to re-start his career after a dispute with former Colts coach Chuck Pagano led to Indianapolis cutting him in November.Davis made his Bills’ debut against the Chargers after being inactive against Baltimore last week.A message left with Davis’ agent, Todd France, was not returned.The Bills defense wilted in the first half in allowing the Chargers 17 first downs and 284 yards.Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished 23 of 27 for 256 yards and three touchdowns, including a 10-yarder to Mike Williams , 5½ minutes in.The Chargers defense did their part in limiting the Bills to 110 yards and two field goals in the first half.Melvin Ingram III had 1½ of the Chargers’ five sacks on a defense that was playing without Joey Bosa (foot) and Corey Liuget (suspension).Allen produced two touchdown drives in the second half, including a seven-play, 75-yard third-quarter opening drive capped by Chris Ivory’s 1-yard plunge.Allen finished 18 of 33 for 245 yards with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 38 seconds remaining, and two interceptions.It was a modestly better showing at quarterback a week after Nathan Peterman was yanked after completing 5 of 18 attempts for 24 yards Matt Milano Jersey , with two interceptions, and overseeing an offense that managed just one first down over 10 series.MCCOY INJUREDMcCoy was shaken up late in the third quarter when he was tackled from behind and had Buffalo center Ryan Groy fall down on him. Groy landed heavily on the left side of McCoy’s chest as he was on the ground.McCoy returned and had a 3-yard run on the final snap of the third quarter, before missing the remainder of the game.STILL HAVEN’T TRAILEDThe Chargers won their fourth straight meeting against the Bills, and haven’t trailed Buffalo since a 23-14 loss on Oct. 19, 2008.FINALLYIt took nearly 95 minutes of game time for the Bills to finally find the end zone. The drought finally ended on Ivory’s 1-yard plunge with 11:06 left in the third quarter. Buffalo was the only team not to score a touchdown in Week 1.INJURIES:Chargers: Receiver Travis Benjamin did not play because of a foot injury.Bills: RB Taiwan Jones was being evaluated for a head injury after he was tackled in Buffalo’s end zone after his helmet came off while recovering a fumbled punt midway through the fourth quarter. CB Philip Gaines hurt his right elbow while tackling Gordon.ANTHEM UPDATEChargers offensive tackle Russell Okung stood 3 yards in from the sideline with his right arm raised. No other players appeared to protest during the anthem.UP NEXTChargers: At Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 23.Bills: At Minnesota, Sunday, Sept. 23.
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