The Bills received the ball first to begin the third quarter. On a third down play, CB Joe Haden jumped the slant route by WR Sammy Watkins and came away with the interception! The offense took over with good field position at the 30 yard line. Facing a 3rd-and-10, QB Brian Hoyer was sacked, taking Cleveland out of long field goal range. On the punt, Bills RB Fred Jackson muffed it after calling for a fair catch, but quickly fell on top of it to maintain possession.
On Buffalo's first play, they connected with Jackson on a 20-yard screen pass. After picking up several first downs, the Bills found themselves facing a 4th-and-2 on the edge of long field goal range. They decided to go for it and after QB Kyle Orton bought time on a rolling pocket, he came back to the other side of the field and found WR Robert Woods for a 35-yard gain, down to the 3 yard line. One play later, Orton hit WR Chris Hogan for a 3-yard touchdown, giving the Bills their first lead of the game at 7-3, mid-way through the third quarter.
As if things weren't ugly enough, on Cleveland's next offensive play, RB Terrance West fumbled near the sideline and Bills DL Jerry Hughes ran it back 18 yards for a touchdown to give Buffalo a 14-3 lead. Wow. When Cleveland got the ball back, they went three-and-out again as the Bills had all of the momentum in the world. The defense did force a punt to stop the bleeding a bit with under four minutes to play in the third quarter. A first down was wiped away by offensive pass interference, and the Browns punted right back to Buffalo, who has the ball heading into the final quarter of play.