ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For the eighth time this season, Buffalo Bills players reacted to a loss in the locker room Monday morning.
But this one was a little different. The Bills had two chances to seal a win against the Atlanta Falcons but fumbled on back-to-back drives late in the fourth quarter and again in overtime.
Given that it was two of the team's most veteran players -- receiver Stevie Johnson and tight end Scott Chandler -- that coughed up the football, there was only so much players could say about the turn of events.
"S--- happens, man," cornerback Leodis McKelvin said Monday. "You can't just point at just that one play. It is what it is. Things happen."
What happened Sunday was the Bills' second overtime loss of the season. They are now effectively knocked out of the playoff race.
"Leo I think was correct. This was tough. This was definitely top three, if not the most frustrating one I've ever been a part of," running back Fred Jackson said. "To be in the position we're in to try and make some ground on some teams in the playoff hunt, to lose the way we did, it was definitely frustrating."
Johnson, who fumbled late in the fourth quarter, shared the same belief.
"It's gotta be at the top," Johnson said, when asked how the game ranked among tough losses.
Jackson, however, continued to hold out hope as the Bills enter their final four-game stretch of the season.
"We're not out of it yet. We have a lot of work that we need to get done and need a lot of help from some teams. Guys have to keep plugging away," he said. "You have to be able to get over this one -- easier said than done -- but you have to be able to get over this one and continue to go to work."