“It’s tough. We’re fighting. You could see it out there,” said Johnson, who finished with 11 catches for 145 yards. “I don’t know what to say. It’s just not happening in the end.”
The Bills did mostly everything else right. They outgained the Bears 340-283, had more first downs, 22-19, and converted 10 of 16 third-down chances against a defense that entered the game the best in the NFL at forcing fourth down.
Rian Lindell had his extra point blocked by Israel Idonije, preventing Buffalo from tying the game at 14 following Jackson’s scored on a 4-yard run.
It was the first time Lindell missed an extra point attempt in his 10-year NFL career, ending his streak at 321 _ the fourth longest in NFL history.
Even their supposed “home” crowd was against them, as there was a large and loud contingent of blue and orange clad Bears fans in the stands. A banner hung from the upper-deck facade that read: “Ditka 4 Prime Minister.”
The game was Buffalo’s third regular-season game in Toronto as part of a five-year deal. The Bills have lost all three. The announced crowd of 50,746, came short of filling the 54,000-seat downtown dome.
Idonije, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Canada’s prairie province of Manitoba, wasn’t about to complain.
“Great Canadian fans came out,” Idonije said. “It was like a home game with a lot of Bears fans in the crowd. It was great.”
NOTES: Bears DE Juilius Peppers was slow to get off the field late in the game when he made a diving attempt to tackle Fitzpatrick. Smith said Peppers should be OK. … Bills Parrish hurt his wrist, and said is scheduled to have tests to determine the severity of the injury. … Lindell’s streak is the longest to start a career in NFL history. … Taylor’s TD gave the Bears their first points in the third quarter this season. They had been outscored 22-0.