ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - What would a fourth-quarter with five lead changes be without some lingering drama before it was made official?
With all but hundreds of fans having spilled out of Ralph Wilson Stadium in celebration, NFL ref Mike Carey went under the hood to review the final, desperate play of the Bills’ 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
A Hail Mary pass from Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell appeared to be intercepted in the end zone by Buffalo’s Da’Norris Searcy. It was a close call, however, and officials wanted to make sure a Raider defender hadn’t wrestled the ball away.
The Bills waited a good 10 minutes in their locker room before they could celebrate for real, even though Carey said later that the review was a false alarm.
“It was an erroneous transmission,” Carey said. “(Replay officials) had already confirmed the ruling on the field.”
So did the gutted Raiders think they were going to get a miracle on an overturned call?
“We’re the Raiders, really?,” defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. “You think we were going to get that?”