Final: Bills get blown out by the Pats at home, lose 41-25

October 30, 2016

The short-handed Bills were blown out at home by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 41-25 at New Era Field.

Here's how it played out.

The Bills lost the coin toss for the first time this season and started the game on offense.

On their first offensive possession in the rain, the Bills, without top offensive weapon LeSean McCoy, came out running the ball. Mike Gillislee who has filled in admirably while McCoy has been hampered with a hamstring injury, broke off a 28-yard run up the left sideline. The Bills then capped off a 10-play, 70-yard drive with a 23-yard Dan Carpenter field goal to get the score to 3-0.

Them Tom Brady and the Patriots went to work. The Bills defense didn't give up the big play but Brady and company dink-and-dunked their way down the field 14-plays, soaking up over six minutes en route to a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Danny Amendola. On the drive, the Patriots converted four straight 3rd down opportunities.

On the very next drive, the Bills staredt with difficult field position and go three-and-out. They punted in the shadow of their own goal post, giving the Patriots great field position to start their next offensive possession. After a few penalties from each team, on third down once again, Brady found former Bill Chris Hogan streaking down the left sideline for a 53-yard pitch and catch to push the score to 14-3.

The Bills had issues executing once again going three-and-out for the second consecutive drive and put Brady in good field position once more. This time, the Bills defense came up big and force a punt. Then both teams struggled to get drivws going, with the Bills racking up another three-and-out followed by a third down sack of Brady on the Patriots ensuing drive, at the 8-minute mark of the second quarter, giving the ball back to Bills at midfield.

The Bills were on the verge of another three-and-out before a huge defensive pass interference on Bills receiver Justin Hunter gave them a much needed first down. A beautifully executed wheel route to Reggie Bush up the right sideline on the very next play put the Bills in the red zone for the second time of the game. They'd finish off the drive with 3-yard Mike Gillislee touchdown up the middle to widdle the score to 14-10.

Right after the Bills had gotten it to within one score, Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for his 69th career touchdown. Brady found Gronkowski in man-to-man coverage with Nickell Robey-Coleman and took advantage of the mismatch converting a 53-yard seam route for a touchdown. That extended the Patriots lead to 21-10.

The Bills put together a nice 2-minute drill on their final drive of the half, gaining good field position for a 3 pointer but Dan Carpenter missed the 49-yard attempt giving the Patriots another shot to score. And they did - a 51-yard field goal try by Steven Gostkowski, as time expired,  pushed the score to 24-10 at the break.

The second half started the same way the first half ended; with a big play from the Patriots. This time, by the Patriots special teams as Danny Amendola returned the opening kickoff all the way to the Bills 25-yard line. Two plays later, Brady hit Julien Edelman in the flat for a 12-yard touchdown. Pats up 31-10.

On the next drive, the Bills were on their way to another three-and-out when Colton Schmidt dropped the snap on 4th down, picking it up and miraculously running for a first down an extending their drive. Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense converted Schmidt's play into points when Taylor scrambled 26-yards for a score clsing the gap to 31-17 midway through the third quarter.

But once again the Patriots offense extinguished any hopes of a comeback by driving the ball 75-yards over 12 plays capping it off with a 1-yard LaGarrett Blount touchdown run. The Bills attempted to respond, going the length of the field before being stopped on fourth down when Tyrod Taylor over threw an open Charles Clay in the end zone.

The Patriots converted a seven minute  75 yard drive with a 32-yard Steven Gostkowski field goal to stretch the lead to 41-17 Patriots. A few possessions by each offense and their back-ups and a garbage time touchdown by the Bills and the Patriots win 41-25.
  •     Dan Carpenter's 23-yard field goal attempt is good
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yards, 3:55

7-3 New England - Patriots Touchdown (4:35)
  •     Tom Brady finds Danny Amendola for a 9-yard touchdown (extra point is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yards, 6:30

14-3 New England - Patriots Touchdown (1:33)
  •     Tom Brady finds Chris Hogan wide open for a 53-yard touchdown (extra point is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 45 yards, 2:08

2nd Quarter:
14-10 New England - Bills Touchdown (6:26)
  •     Mike Gillislee runs 3-yards up the middle for a touchdown (extra point is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yards, 2:13

21-10 New England - Patriots Touchdown (4:18)
  •     Tom Brady finds a wide open Rob Gronkowski up the seam for a 53-yard touchdown (extra point is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 79 yards, 2:08

24-10 New England - Patriots Field Goal (0:03)
  •     Steven Gostkowski hits a 51-yard field goal as time expires.
Drive info: 5 plays, 28 yards, 0:24

3rd Quarter:
31-10 New England - Patriots Touchdown (14:00)
  •     Tom Brady finds Julien Edelman out in the flat for a 12-yard touchdown (extra point is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 24 yards, 1:00

31-17 New England - Bills Touchdown (7:57)
  •     Tyrod Taylor scrambles for 26-yards for a touchdown (extra point is good)
Drive info:13 plays, 75 yards, 6:03

38-17 New England - Patriots Touchdown (3:05)
  •     LaGarrett Blount runs 1-yard for a touchdown (extra point is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:52

4th Quarter:
41-17 New England - Patriots Field Goal (7:10)
  •     Steven Gostkowski's 32-yard field goal is good.
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yards, 7:45

41-25 New England - Bills Touchdown (0:30)
  •     Jonathan Williams runs 1-yard for a touchdown (2pt conversion is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yards, 1:56

Individual Stats:
T. Taylor: 19/38, 183 yards, 0 TDs 0 INTs
E. Manuel: 1/2, 35 yards, 0 TDs 0 INTs

New England:
T. Brady: 22/33, 315 yards, 4 TDs 0 INTs

M. Gillislee: 12 car, 85 yards, 1 TD
T. Taylor: 5 car, 48 yards, 1 TD
J. Williams: 5 car, 12 yards, 1 TD

New England:
L. Blount: 18 car, 43 yards, 1 TD
J. White: 2 car, 15 yards

W. Powell: 3 rec, 59 yards
R. Woods: 4 rec, 50 yards
R. Bush: 2 rec, 34 yards
J. Felton: 2 rec, 26 yards

New England:
R. Gronkowski: 5 rec, 109 yards, 1 TD
C. Hogan: 4 rec, 91 yards, 1 TD
J. Edelman: 4 rec, 37 yards, 1 TD
M. Bennett: 4 rec. 35 yards
D. Amendola: 3 rec, 29 yards, 1 TD

Team Stats:
Total Yards:
BUF - 376
NE - 357

Passing Yards:
BUF - 209
NE - 285

Rushing Yards:
BUF - 167
NE - 72

BUF - 12 for 84 yards
NE - 10 for 116 yards

Time of Possession:
BUF - 30:09
NE - 29:51