ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel and the Buffalo Bills had the Kansas City Chiefs right where they wanted them, only to let it slip away.
The unbeaten Chiefs converted three Bills turnovers into 17 points, including two returns for touchdowns, in a 23-13 victory Sunday.
“I’m definitely frustrated,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said.
Buffalo (3-6) held a 10-3 halftime lead when it received the ball to start the second half. Buoyed by a 61-yard run by C.J. Spiller, the Bills moved 79 yards to the Kansas City 1.
After two failed runs by Fred Jackson, Sean Smith intercepted Tuel and returned it 100 yards to tie the game.
Making his first NFL start, Tuel went 18 of 39 for 229 yards with a 59-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin and two interceptions.
Tuel, an undrafted rookie out of Washington State making his first start, took the blame on Smith’s interception.
“That was 100 percent my fault,” he said. “Something I’ve got to see, and I can’t do that.
“We’ve got to finish with a kick, no matter what, whether an extra point on a touchdown or a field goal.”
Marrone was stunned and flabbergasted by the play.
“The guy comes off of Stevie Johnson, just comes off of him, doesn’t cover him and was standing right there when we’re throwing the ball right into the slot,” Marrone said.
“Either they knew exactly what we were doing or it’s just unbelievable.”
Buf—Goodwin 59 pass from Tuel (Carpenter kick)
KC—FG Succop 27
Buf—FG Carpenter 26
KC—S.Smith 100 interception return (Succop kick)
KC—FG Succop 41
Buf—FG Carpenter 30
KC—Hali 11 fumble return (Succop kick)
KC—FG Succop 39
|Total Net Yards||210||470|
|Time of Poss.||29:46||30:14|
RUSHING—Kansas City, Charles 17-90, A.Smith 4-7, Sherman 1-2, McCluster 1-(minus 4). Buffalo, Spiller 12-116, Jackson 16-77, Choice 5-17, Tuel 3-17, Johnson 1-10, Summers 1-4.
PASSING—Kansas City, A.Smith 19-29-0-124. Buffalo, Tuel 18-39-2-229.
RECEIVING—Kansas City, Bowe 7-67, Charles 6-6, Avery 3-22, McCluster 2-9, Fasano 1-20. Buffalo, Johnson 5-36, Woods 4-44, Chandler 3-26, Goodwin 2-64, Spiller 2-39, Jackson 1-22, Graham 1-(minus 2).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.