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Bills lose pre-season opener, announce stadium name change

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The Buffalo Bills pre-season opener ended in a 19 to 18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday night. Just prior to kick-off, the team announced on Twitter that it is selling the naming rights to the stadium to the New Era Cap Company. A formal announcement with more details is planned for later this week.

The stadium has been named in honor of Ralph Wilson, Jr., the late Bills founder and owner, since 1998. Before that, it was known as Rich Stadium.

The Bills almost pulled out a last second victory. Coach Rex Ryan said he was pleased his players competed to the end. But he said there are still too many penalties.

"We have to turn the page on that. That was last year's team," Ryan said. "We've been working extremely hard about these penalties."

Rookie Quarterback Cardale Jones completed a four-yard touchdown pass as time expired. But a two-point conversion attempt that would have given the Bills the win failed.