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If the Giants secondary is anything, it is laden with veterans.

There are 34 years of NFL experience spread among the core five of them. And with that length of service, they weren't going to blink after giving up back-to-back plays for the highlight reels early in the first quarter.

The Buffalo Bills needed just one play to score on their second possession of the game as running back Fred Jackson broke loose for 80 yards to pay dirt. After a quick three-and-out from the Giants offense on the ensuing drive, the Bills got the ball back, and Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Naaman Roosevelt for a 60-yard touchdown.

Two plays. 140 yards. 14 points.

"We gave them two plays," Antrel Rolle said. "They didn't do anything spectacular. We just didn't play assignment football and do the things we need to do efficiently. And they got two big plays out of it."

After that, Buffalo would go on to score 10 more points in a 27-24 loss to the Giants, with no play longer than 32 yards.

"We gave up a couple of big plays early in the game," said Corey Webster, who came up with two critical interceptions later on. "We strive to not give up big plays. We wanted to do something to get those back. We had an opportunity to make some turnovers and get our hands on the ball and we took full advantage of it."

The Bills finished with 374 total yards. If you subtract the two big plays, that's 234 yards on the day for them while the Giants gained 414.

For Jackson, one of the league's leading rushers, his 121 yards would be 41 on 16 attempts without the long run. Fitzpatrick's 244 passing yards would be hollowed out to 184 without Roosevelt's touchdown.

But that's not how the game unfolded. The Giants, however, would be judged on how they picked up the pieces.

"The game is 60 minutes," Rolle said. "It's not based off two plays. It's based off 60 minutes of tough, hard-nosed football. That's what we did. We came together as a team. We understood what went wrong. We thought about it, got it fixed, and moved onto the next play."


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