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Points after: Bills 20, Panthers 18


Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers in Bank of America Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills are 1-1 in the preseason with three more exhibitions to go.

QB report: EJ Manuel completed his first seven passes for 60 yards before a misfire on the second possession. He played into the second quarter and completed nine of his 13 throws for 96 yards. ... Thad Lewis replaced Manuel and connected on six of 11 throws for 63 yards. ... Jeff Tuel mopped up, completing four of five passes for 24 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Play of the game: The Panthers scored a late touchdown, recovered an onside kick and were in field-goal range. The Bills were headed for a tough loss. But, with 53 seconds to play, Bills cornerback Jonathan Meeks snared a ball that was batted into the air by Panthers receiver Marcus Lucas to seal the victory.

Play of the game runner-up: Mike Williams showed why the Bills took a chance on him with a spectacular leaping grab in the second quarter. Panthers cornerback Josh Norman was draped on Williams' back, but that didn't stop the Riverside High grad from reaching high to snag a 28-yard Manuel pass over the middle.

Panthers play of the game: On the first play of the second quarter, Panthers rookie Kelvin Benjamin got behind Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore up the left sideline and made a brilliant catch while stumbling in the end zone. The 29-yard touchdown gave the Panthers a 6-3 lead (Jordan Gay missed the long extra point).

Stat line of the night: Fourth running back Bryce Brown was the second-half workhorse. He ran 11 times for 64 yards, with five runs of 10 yards or longer. Brown also caught two passes for 18 yards.

Sammy Watkins on the board: The superstar rookie receiver got his first preseason catches after getting shut out in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Watkins had three receptions for 21 yards.

Bills inactives: Left tackle Cordy Glenn, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Leodis McKelvin, safety Kenny Ladler, safety Derek Brim.

Coming up: The Bills visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday at Heinz Field.

  • William R. Murray

    Team looked very competitive last night!

  • oneninenine

    EJ looked good.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.