NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With so many key Bills sidelined by injuries, Buffalo needed someone to provide some kind of offensive boost.
Even catching a pass.
"Quarterback's got the biggest heart," Bills coach Rex Ryan said of Taylor. "Man, it was tough sledding, but he's got guts, he's got heart. He wasn't playing great, but at the end of the day he's the reason we won the game."
Ryan said Taylor may not be a great quarterback yet, but his QB has the characteristics giving him a chance to be great. Ryan said Taylor's teammates rallied behind the quarterback who won a three-man competition for the job, and linebacker Preston Brown agreed.
"He's running for touchdowns, getting back up and throwing deep balls," Brown said. "He played outstanding for us today. You want to go out and fight for a guy like that."
The quarterback started the comeback with a 26-yard run that was Buffalo's longest play, then capped the drive running for a 22-yard TD late in the third quarter. Taylor also scrambled for 24 more on third-and-23 from the Bills 7 jumpstarting an 80-yard drive he capped with a 2-yard TD pass to Chris Hogan. Taylor caught a 4-yard pass from Hogan to set up that TD.
The Titans (1-3) blew a second straight double-digit lead at home, this by 10 points. They have lost two straight by a combined three points.
"We've got to get over that hump, we've got to win those games," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We're close, but we're not quite there."
"We found a way to win, so struggle or not, we found a way to win with the guys that we knew we were going to play with," Taylor said.
Notes: Mario Williams' sack of Mariota in the second quarter gave him 40 with the Bills in 53 games, making him the second-fastest to 40 sacks in Buffalo. Only Bruce Smith was faster with 40 sacks in 48 games. ... Bills RB Cierre Wood hurt a knee in the second quarter, was carted to the locker room and did not return. Ryan did not have an update on Wood. ... The Titans shut out an opponent in the first half for the first time since Carolina on Nov. 13, 2011, and for the first time at home since Oct. 30, 2011, against Indianapolis.
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