NFL Game Summary - Buffalo at New England|
(Sunday, September 26th)
Final Score: New England 38, Buffalo 30
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw for 252 yards and three
touchdowns on 21-of-27 passing as New England reeled off its 14th straight
win over Buffalo, 38-30, at Gillette Stadium.
Randy Moss struck for a pair of touchdown receptions for the Patriots (2-1),
who have not lost to the Bills since a 31-0 defeat in Buffalo during Week 1 of
BenJarvus Green-Ellis finished with 98 yards and a score on 16 carries, Danny
Woodhead rushed for a touchdown and Rob Gronkowski contributed a TD reception.
"A good win, a good division win. We did some good things out there, but we're
far from perfect," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "We had our
moments where we did the good things real well, but we're still looking for
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 20-of-28 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and two
interceptions for the Bills (0-3), who have lost the season's first three
games for the first time since 2007.
C.J. Spiller posted a 95-yard kickoff return with a touchdown reception, while
Steve Johnson caught a TD pass and Marshawn Lynch had 79 rushing yards on 13
Trailing by a point early in the third quarter, Rian Lindell missed a 51-
yard field goal attempt wide left. The Patriots took control on their own 41,
and a 59-yard drive lasting more than seven minutes was capped on Gronkowski's
five-yard scoring reception for a 31-23 game.
New England took a 38-23 lead with 8:19 to play as Green-Ellis scored from
seven yards out to finish a 75-yard drive in just under 6 1/2 minutes.
Buffalo kept pressing and got within 38-30 on the next drive when Fitzpatrick
connected with Johnson for a 37-yard TD with 4:08 to go. Despite an
unsportsmanlike conduct call on Johnson, the Bills tried a squib kick from
their own 15 but failed, and the Pats took over on the visitors' 49.
That drive stalled, and after a punt, the Bills started on their own 35 with
3:04 left. Fitzpatrick, though, was picked off by Brandon Meriweather on the
Green-Ellis picked up a pair of first downs before Brady took a knee to work
off the remaining time.
"I thought we went out an executed some things well today. We just gotta build
on them, we can't just sit still," said Bills head coach Chan Gailey. "We gave
up too much of an edge to them running the football. Offensively, we did a lot
of good, and I can feel it, we're going to have a good day real soon."
Lindell capped Buffalo's first drive of the game with a 39-yard field goal,
then New England responded on its initial series on a seven-yard TD connection
from Brady to Moss.
Another make from Lindell from 39 yards out drew the Bills within 7-6 early
in the second.
After a Brandon Tate fumble on the Pats' next series, Buffalo got the ball on
the home team's 37. Seven plays later, Spiller took a swing pass five yards
for a score and 13-7 Bills lead with 6:13 left in the half.
New England kept it on the ground for most of the next drive, and Woodhead
capped it with a 22-yard TD run for a one-point Pats edge.
Lindell was able to hit a 34-yarder to give the Bills a 16-14 edge on the next
series, but Stephen Gostkowski closed out the half with a 43-yarder to give
the Patriots a one-point bulge at the break.
Brady hit Moss for a 35-yard touchdown strike to cap the first drive of the
second half, but Spiller took the kickoff back 95 yards to make it 24-23.
The Patriots' streak over Buffalo is tied for the third-longest winning streak
by one team against another...Miami won 14 in a row over the
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1980-87...Moss has 151 career touchdown
receptions, ranking second only to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (197)...New
England plays at Miami next Monday night, and Buffalo hosts the Jets next
Sunday...The Bills defense had to play without linebacker Paul Posluszny once
more...The Patriots activated Woodhead for the game, signed after the Jets
released him when Kevin Faulk went down with a season-ending injury.
09/26 18:24:40 ET