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By Bob McManaman,The Sports Xchange October 14, 2012 8:00 PM
After winning seven consecutive overtime games at home -- the longest such streak in NFL history -- the Buffalo Bills managed to steal a 19-16 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium. Safety Jairus Byrd intercepted a John Skelton pass on first and 10 from the Arizona 20 and Rian Lindell kicked a 25-yard field goal with 11:10 remaining in overtime to win it. Finally, something good happened for the Bills. Following consecutive losses to the Patriots and 49ers in which they were outscored 97-31 and lost multiple members of their offensive line, the Bills needed something to lift their spirits and they managed to find it after spending a week in the desert. Buffalo decided to spend the week in the Phoenix area after its 45-3 loss at San Francisco in which the defense allowed a franchise-record 631 yards. They practiced daily at Arizona State University and stayed in a nearby resort. That decision seemed to pay off as the Bills held the Cardinals to 332 total yards and just one touchdown. Buffalo, meanwhile, rushed for 165 yards and got a touchdown each from C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. The Cardinals rallied to tie the game after losing starting quarterback Kevin Kolb to a rib injury with 2:05 left in regulation. Healthy for the first time since spraining his right ankle in Week 1, John Skelton came off the bench and after throwing two incomplete passes, hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 17-yard gain on fourth down. Skelton couldn't get the Cardinals any closer, so head coach Ken Whisenhunt summoned Jay Feely to attempt a franchise-record 61-yard field goal. Feely made the kick with distance to spare as the crowd erupted in wild celebration. The only reason the Cardinals had the ball in the first place was because the Bills tried to be too cute as receiver Brad Smith, playing quarterback in the wildcat formation, threw a needless deep pass that was intercepted by Patrick Peterson. Kolb managed to get the Cardinals some decent yardage thanks to a 14-yard pass to Fitzgerald and a 22-yard keeper. But then he was injured after taking his fifth sack of the afternoon. Arizona had a chance to win it just before time expired in regulation, but Feely's 38-yard attempt banged off the left upright, forcing overtime. The Cardinals' defense had held the Bills in check through most of the second and third quarters, allowing just one first down in four Buffalo possessions during one stretch. But after limiting the Bills to just 29 yards during those four series and having took a 13-9 lead on Feely's second 49-yard field goal of the game, Buffalo finally broke loose against one of the NFL's stingiest defenses. The Bills put together a quick and efficient five-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Fred Jackson with 27 seconds left in the third quarter to take a 16-13 lead. During the drive, Fitzpatrick completed a 23-yard pass to Stevie Johnson. Spiller broke a run for a 22-yard gain. Smith ran for 16 more yards. The Cardinals seemed to be on their way to taking back the lead or at least tying the score, but after moving the ball fairly effectively, they were stopped by two penalties and a quarterback sack. One of the penalties was on fullback Reagan Maui'a for spiking the ball after making a modest catch and run. That drew the ire of Whisenhunt, who got in Maui'a's face and chastised him for the mistake. All the mistakes took the Cardinals out of Feely's range and they were forced to punt. Arizona took a 3-0 lead right out of the gate after forcing and recovering a Jackson fumble on the first play from scrimmage. The Cardinals couldn't move the ball, but Feely kicked a 49-yarder. The Bills responded by sacking Kolb in the end zone for a safety and then driving 49 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown. Spiller did the honors with a 10-yard scoring run. Arizona managed to answer back with a 10-play, 67-yard drive, capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Kolb to Fitzgerald with 4:47 left in the second quarter, giving the Cardinals a 10-9 lead. NOTES: Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had six catches for 93 yards and went over 10,000 yards receiving in his career on Sunday. ... Before the game, the Bills added DT Jay Ross and OL David Snow to the 53-man roster. Both were signed from the practice squad. To make room, the team released RB Johnny While and S Delano Howell. ... The Cardinals had their eight-game home winning streak snapped. It was one shy of the franchise record, set in 1925. ... The Cardinals lost S Kerry Rhodes in the second half to an apparent back injury.