After a Matt Milano interception in the final 30 seconds of the first half, the Bills were in perfect shape to extend their 10-6 advantage.
Buffalo had the ball on the Tampa Bay 26-yard line with 23 seconds before halftime.
On the first play after the turnover, Tyrod Taylor found LeSean McCoy for an 8-yard gain, but he was tackled in bounds.
Sean McDermott called the Bills final timeout with 12 seconds remaining.
Out of the timeout, McDermott didn’t call for the field goal unit. He didn’t call for a play to the end zone either.
Instead, Taylor threw a 2-yard pass to Jordan Matthews, who was tackled before he could get to the sideline. The clock ran out as booes rained down from the stands.
“That was my fault. That was all my fault. I thought we could get three plays off right there, meaning a complete or a a shot [at the end zone] and then a spike after that. We’ll go back and work on that. That’s all my fault,” admitted McDermott after the game.
“We tried to get a play ran. Usually with 12 seconds, you can get a play ran whether you are tackled [in bounds] or getting out and actually get back to the line of scrimmage and spike the ball [in time]. But that didn’t happen,” added Taylor.
“Something that we have to learn from. Miscommunication between me, Coach McDermott and coach Rick Dennison. Can’t happen again. That was a big point in the game where we could have got three points.”