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Jackson and the lineman lobbied for the chance to run one more play for one more yard midway through the fourth quarter, after Jackson plowed his way to the goalline on a third-down run. Coach Chan Gailey, however, elected to kick a 19-yard field goal.
“We’re always begging for the fourth-and-ones,” Wood said, “even at ridiculous times.”
A forecasted mix of snow and rain influenced the Bills’ gameplan for Sunday, but the actual weather conditions didn’t play a big role in the game’s outcome.
“It wasn’t an impossible day to throw the ball,” Fitzpatrick said. “The wind wasn’t bad at all. the wetness was there all day, but it was not terrible. That wasn’t your typical day where it is terrible weather and nobody can do anything. It was OK conditions out there.”
“The weather was a thousand times better than everybody expected,” Browns defensive back Joe Haden said.
Bills wideout Lee Evans injured his ankle at the end of tight end Jonathan Stupar’s 35-yard reception in the second quarter and did not return.
Evans has never missed a game in his seven seasons with the Bills, but that streak is likely to end.
“I know he’s going to miss one or two (games),” Gailey said. “I don’t know if he’ll miss the rest of them.”
Gailey reported no other injuries of note.
Gailey said he considered going for the touchdown with about eight minutes remaining, but quickly decided that attempting a 19-yard field goal would be wiser.
“The guys had fought so hard and our defense had been playing good,” he said. “So, if you go for it and make it, everybody’s happy and it all works out, but if you don’t make it and all of the sudden they drive it out there and one fluke play and you’re behind trying to play two-minute (offense) to catch up.”
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