Bent and Broken

The Bills drop to 6-6 after losing to the 49ers, 10-3 on Sunday. Poor offense and costly mistakes were to blame for this latest bump in the road as the Bills desperately try to make a late playoff push.

The playoffs got a little further away from the Buffalo Bills on Sunday as they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 10-3. The game featured very unimpressive, sloppy play from both teams but in the end it was the Bills that suffered most by losing their fifth game in the past six weeks.

San Francisco got off to a good start by scoring on their first drive, which ended in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Shaun Hill to Issac Bruce. The 49ers would go on to score again in the second quarter when kicker Joe Nedney hit a 50-yard field goal to make the score 10-0 at the half.

The Bills wouldn't score until the third quarter when Rian Lindell he put the team's only points on the board off a 22-yard field goal. Lindell had a rough day otherwise, missing a 20-yard attempt in the second quarter and hitting a 40-yard attempt off the left upright in the fourth quarter.

The entire Bills squad struggled to get points, having four trips into the red zone ending in no points, and another two drives of 15 or more yards ending in nothing.

One source of the sputtering offense was losing starting quarterback Trent Edwards to a groin injury. Backup JP Losman got the start after halftime and proved to be ineffective, completing just 11 passes for 93 yards. Edwards didn't fare any better in the first half going 10-for-21 for 112 yards.

Even punter Brian Moorman had a rough day, managing a measly 25-yard average on three punts.

One bright spot for the Bills offense was Marshawn Lynch. He gained 134 yards on the ground with 16 carries, including a 50-yard dash that nearly went for a touchdown. Lee Evans also turned in a decent day with seven receptions for 80 yards.

The 49ers had a slightly better day offensively. Shaun Hill went 14-for-23 and a touchdown. Running back Frank Gore gained 66 yards on the ground with 24 carries.

This loss to the 49ers puts the Bills even further back in the AFC playoff race. They have a firm grip on last place in the division with a 6-6 record and losses to each of their division rivals.

The team will try to improve their divisional record next week when they take on Miami in Toronto, as part of the Bills in Toronto Series. They will take on the Jets the week after at the Medowlands and have the Broncos and Patriots to finish out their schedule for the year.

The Bills can't afford to play another game like they did against the 49ers on Sunday afternoon. Winning all of their remaining games is a must if they want a chance at making the postseason in January.

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