CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A quick peek of the box score and you'd think it was impossible the Buffalo Bills won. They were outgained almost 3-to-1, had only nine first downs and had a nearly 10-minute deficit in time of possession.
Then you see the stat that decided the game and has defined Jake Delhomme's miserable season with Carolina: turnovers.
"You can't really complain about a win," Bills receiver Terrell Owens said after another quiet day. "Defensively, those guys are keeping us in ballgames."
Delhomme's interception total has reached an NFL-high 13 -- with only four touchdowns -- and coach John Fox said he'd "evaluate" whether Delhomme keeps his job. Delhomme badly overthrew two passes that led to 14 Buffalo points, and hedged when asked if he should remain the starter ahead of Matt Moore or A.J. Feeley.
"In my heart, yeah, but I mean let's be honest, I don't think I'm a dummy," said Delhomme, whose passer rating is 56.5. "When you're not playing well offensively, you always have to look at the quarterback."
Fitzpatrick was hardly spectacular, but he avoided the big mistakes that have doomed Delhomme. Replacing Trent Edwards following his concussion last week, Fitzpatrick was 11 of 22 for 123 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Byrd, a second-round pick from Oregon, now has five interceptions in three games. The second one Sunday, coming after Carolina's Steve Smith deflected Delhomme's overthrown pass, was returned to the Buffalo 27. Fitzpatrick then split two defenders to find Lee Evans for a 2-yard TD and a 14-2 lead early in the fourth quarter.
» The Bills won two straight for the first time since Sept. 2008.
» Buffalo's 167 total yards of offense is the fewest in a Bills win since 1965.
» Panthers QB Jake Delhomme had the seventh game of his career with three or more interceptions and his second this season.
Byrd had an easy interception of a badly overthrown ball in the first quarter and returned it to the Carolina 7. Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch was barely touched on a 7-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
"I can't remember a streak like this," Byrd said.
Carolina got within 17-9 after Delhomme found Smith for 48 yards on fourth down, then DeAngelo Williams scrambled 15 yards for a TD on another fourth down.
The defense kept Carolina in it, getting its second safety in three games when Hollis Thomas led a swarm of players to tackle Fred Jackson in the end zone to make it 7-2 at halftime.
Buffalo entered with the NFL's worst rushing defense, were without both starting safeties because of injury, and lost starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) early in the first quarter.
Yet Buffalo has won two road games in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2004.
"Never once on the sidelines was there any doubt that we were going to win the game," Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay said. "Regardless if it's an ugly win over not, it's hard to win in this league."
Notes: Evans had five catches for 75 yards to go over 5,000 yards in his career. ... After being held to one catch last week, Smith had six catches for 99 yards. Smith was emotional after the game as he mourns the death of Robert Taylor, his coach at Santa Monica College. ... Panthers TE Dante Rosario (knee) and S Charles Godfrey (ankle) left the game. ... Bills FB Corey McIntyre hurt his ankle.