The Patriots took on the Bills this week, at home. Patriot fans had a positive attitudes going into the game based on the team’s histories based on these facts: the Pats were able to score 45 points in the second half back in week 4, the Bills have never won a game at Gillette and Tom Brady has 19-2 record against the Bills, (now 20-2 due to the victory). Although the Patriots beat the Bills 37-31, the game was too close for comfort fr Patsnation.
The Patriots won the coin toss and differed to the second half of the game giving the Bills the ball first. Fitzpatrick was on a mission to drive the ball down the field scrambling from tackles, but the amount of penalties restricted him from doing anything. The Bills went three plays and had three penalties. The yellow flag would be a trend throughout the day. The Patriots got the ball after the Bills went 5 plays for 9-yards.
Brady was looking to improve his 19-2 record against the Bills and came out firing. Short passes to his receivers, Welker, Branch Lloyd and the running game with Ridley, moved the ball up the field, but it was not enough. The Pats were not able to get the touch down they wanted, and settled for a 43 yard field goal by Gostkowski.
The Bills got the ball back but had poor luck. Spiller tried to run the ball, but only got 3 yards. Good defense by the Patriots allowed WIlfork to sack Fitzpatrick causing him to fumble the ball and Cunningham recovered, putting the Patriots in good field position.
If the fumble was not enough to help the Patriots get a touchdown, the Bills added 2 more penalties to their count, and put the Pats in perfect scoring position. Ridley ran the ball in for a 1 yard touchdown and the Pats increase their lead 10-0.
The Bills got the ball back and did not waste any time with another penalty, with an offensive hold on Wood. Fitzpatrick quickly shook it off and went back to work. He threw a short pass to Jones up the middle, followed by a short right pass to smith and another short pass to Jackson, moving the ball down the field. Runs
Fitzpatrick would continue to move the ball down the field, and a penalty on Wilfork would help the Bills out. Short passes and runs by Spiller would put the Bill in field goal position. Lindell would make a 41yard field goal, which kept the Bill in the game; the score was now 10-3 Patriots.
Tom Brady did not like the Bills gaping in on the lead, and marched the offense down the field with passes to Welker and Gronkowski. It would be Danny Woodhead, who got open up the middle and ran 15 yards to score a touchdown. The Patriots increased their lead 17-3.
Fitzpatrick would not let the Patriots embarrass the Bills like they did back in week 4, and would battle back down the field. Spiller would run 12 yards for a first down, followed by Fitzpatrick with a deep pass to Chandler. Another short pass to Chandler, and a 12 yard run from Spiller put the Bills in good position. It would be Jackson who would run 14 yards for the Touchdown. The Bills were only down by a touchdown, the score is 10-17 Patriots.
Tom Brady had his eyes set on the end zone, and would not rest until he found it. A few incomplete passes did not look good for the Patriots, but a penalty on the Bills gets their spirits up. Brady would find Vereen for 11 yards, and a Bills penalty would push the Patriots closer to their goal. Brady would find Gronkowski in the end zone. The Patriots once again increased their lead 24-10.
The Pats defense would not hold off the Bills and Fitzpatrick would pass his way down the field, connecting with multiple receivers. It would be a short left pass to Jones that would get the Bills touchdown. The Bills trail by 7.
The Patriots began the second half with the ball, but did not have a successful drive. Brady and the offense went 10 plays only moving the ball 42 yards, before punting back to the Bills. The Pats defense came out strong, and a penalty on the Bills helped with the 3 and out drive.
A penalty on the punt put Brady in great position which he would capitalize on. A short pass to Branch, a pass to Welker and a run by Vereen had the Pats in scoring position. A short pass to Woodhead would get the Patriots the touchdown they were looking for. The patriots now lead 31-17.
Fitzpatrick would battle back and take advantage of the Patriots shortcomings on the secondary. With little success in the running game, Fitzpatrick would pass his way into scoring position and hand the ball off to Jackson who would run it in for the touchdown. Patriots fans were not getting the blow out they hoped for with the 24-31 score, Pats still in the lead.
Brady would get off four plays before the quarter came to an end, moving the ball down the field.
Brady began the quarter moving his offense in field goal position, and Gostkowski made a 48 yard field goal to increase the Pats lead; 34-24.
Fitzpatrick took advantage of the Patriots poor pass defense and threw his way down the field. A few defensive penalties did not help the stop the Bills from moving the ball. it would be McCourty who stopped the Bills with a hit on Jackson, causing him to fumble which was recovered by Arrington. The play went under review, and came out in the Patriots favor.
The Patriots got the ball back, but three incomplete passes forced the Pats to punt back to the Bills. The Bills tried their luck with the running game. Spiller going for 14 yards on one run, then 11 yards for another run, 2 Patriots defensive penalties, one an unnecessary roughness on Mayo, and one for encroachment on Ninkovich put the bills in scoring position. Fitzpatrick found Jones with a short pass in the end zone. The Bills decreased the gap 30-34.
Brady made an effort to pass the ball down the field. Short passes to his favorite targets, Welker, Lloyd, and a running game by Ridley got the Pats in field goal range. After two incomplete passes one intended for Woodhead, the other intended for Brach, forced the Patriots to settle for the 27 yard field goal by Gostkowski. Patriots are on top 37-31.
The Bills have the ball back with 2:06 left in the game, enough time to march down the field and score a touchdown, which would win them the game. Fitzpatrick rallied and again took advantage of the Patriots horrible pass defense. Things seemed to be going the Bills way, when Fitzpatrick got into scoring range. Fitzpatrick looked for his opportunity and fired deep into the end zone looking for Graham, but was intercepted by McCourty. The game is over and Patriots win 37-31.
I personally do not know if the Patriots will be able to get far into the play offs. Like I have been saying all year, they need to play all four quarters. I feel Patriots got lucky this game, as they have in other games. The Patriots will host the Colts on Sunday, November 18, as always guys, Go Pats