Packers' Tramon Williams (38) intercepts a pass to Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins (14) during the first half.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo
Bills' defense has a dynamic duo: "Super Mario" and a newcomer named
Credit them for helping rattle Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay
Bacarri Rambo came off the bench to replace injured backup safety
Duke Williams to intercept Rodgers on consecutive drives in the
second half. And veteran end Mario Williams put the finishing
touches on a 21-13 victory Sunday by forcing Rodgers to fumble into
the end zone for a safety with 1:51 left.
"It's a testament to what we do," defensive tackle Kyle Williams
said, assessing how a dominating defensive effort contributed to
keeping the Bills (8-6) in a jumbled playoff picture. "We've played
against great quarterbacks, so the only expectation that we had was
to play well and win a football game."
Marcus Thigpen scored on a 75-yard punt return, while Dan Carpenter
hit all four field-goal attempts, including three in the second
The Bills are assured their first eight-win season since going 9-7
A week after ending Peyton Manning's consecutive game touchdown
streak at 51 in a 24-17 loss at Denver, the Bills came away with a
victory by putting the clamps on one of the NFL's most prolific
"I wouldn't say statement win," safety Aaron Williams said. "We went
up against a Hall of Famer last week, why couldn't we do it again
The defense made up for a sputtering Kyle Orton-led offense, which
was limited to 253 yards and 13 first downs. Orton finished 14 of 27
for 158 yards and an interception.
Bills' Fred Jackson (22) rushes past Green Bay Packers' Micah
Hyde during the first half.
In the process, Buffalo put a halt to
the Packers' five-game winning streak, and prevented Green Bay
(10-4) from inching closer to securing a sixth consecutive playoff
"It was frustrating," said Rodgers. "Some days are going to be like
this. We set the standard pretty high, and we like to live up to it
Rodgers went 17 of 42 for 185 yards, with two interceptions. He had
been picked off just three times this season, and none since
throwing two in Green Bay's last loss, 44-23 at New Orleans on Oct.
It wasn't all on Rodgers, either, as he had little support from his
receivers. That includes the usually reliable Jordy Nelson, who had
a key drop late in the third quarter.
From his 6, Rodgers found Nelson wide open running up the right
side. The pass hit Nelson in stride, but the ball glanced off the
"We had exactly what we wanted. We just didn't make the play,"
Nelson said. "I short-armed it and dropped it."
The Packers were limited to Eddie Lacy's 1-yard touchdown run and
two field goals by Mason Crosby.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy watches his team play during
the first half.
This from a team coming off a 43-37 win
over Atlanta and that had outscored its past five opponents by
201-113. Rodgers combined for 1,580 yards passing with 16 touchdowns
and no turnovers in his previous five games.
It all came to a halt against a defense ranked among the NFL's top
10 in nearly every measurable category.
Rambo set the tone upon taking over after backup Duke Williams was
escorted off the field experiencing concussion-like symptoms early
in the third quarter. The Bills were already down starting safety
Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring).
Rambo's first interception came on the Packers' second play from
scrimmage after Dan Carpenter hit a 35-yard field goal to put
Buffalo ahead 16-10.
Aaron Williams jumps on the back of Fred Jackson after defeating
the Green Bay Packers 21-13
Rambo sprinted 10 yards from midfield
to make a sliding interception of Rodgers' pass intended for Randall
Cobb at the Green Bay 45. His second came on the Packers' next drive
when Rodgers' passed for Jarrett Boykin over the middle. It tipped
off the receiver's hands and to Rambo. That set up Carpenter hitting
a 48-yard field goal.
"It's a huge, huge confidence boost," said Rambo, released in
September after playing 13 games for Washington over the past two
seasons. "It's going to allow me to play even faster and build
confidence in myself that, hey, I can do this. I belong in this
The Packers weren't done until their
first play on their final possession.
From his 10, Rodgers dropped back and had the ball knocked out of
his hand by Mario Williams, who burst in from the left side and
outmuscled backup lineman JC Tretter.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after throwing an
interception during the second half.
The play was whistled dead once Lacy
recovered the fumble, because only Rodgers was allowed to advance
the ball with under 2:00 remaining.
NOTES: The Packers fell to 0-6 at Orchard Park. ... The Bills
went 4-0 against the AFC North. ... Mario Williams also contributed
a special teams play, by blocking Crosby's 53-yard field-goal
attempt with 6:01 left in the second quarter.
Former Packers G Fuzzy Thurston dies at 80
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Packers guard Fuzzy Thurston, a
member of the great Green Bay teams of the 1960s, has died. He
The team confirmed Sunday that Thurston died after
several years of health issues.
Born Fred Thurston, he was best known for his blocking on the
Packers' famed power sweep. He helped Green Bay win five NFL
championships. He also won a title with Baltimore in 1958.
Despite weighing less than 250 pounds, Thurston was a
powerful force for the Packers, playing in 112 games. He retired
in 1967 and was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 1975.
"The Packers family was saddened today to learn of the
passing of Fuzzy Thurston," said Packers President/CEO Mark
Murphy. "Fuzzy was an endearing figure for Packers fans for more
than 50 years, going back to his all-pro playing days and
continuing through his rousing welcomes at Lambeau Field as a
favorite alum. Our sincere condolences go out to Fuzzy's
A Wisconsin native who played basketball in high school
because his school didn't have a football team, Thurston then
went to Valparaiso. He didn't join the football team until his
junior year, yet was drafted in the fifth round by Philadelphia
After a stint in the armed forces, he tried to make the
Eagles and Bears, but failed before joining the Colts for the
final four regular-season games of 1958.
Green Bay acquired Thurston the next year in a trade for
linebacker Marv Matuszak.