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Bills swept by Patriots again, lose 24-12

The Bills defense gets gashed for 273 yards on the ground

December 23, 2018 - 1:50 pm

The Buffalo Bills have struggled mightily against the New England Patriots in recent history, with the latest loss being a 24-12 defeat at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The Buffalo loss helped the Patriots claim their 10th consecutive AFC East division title. 

The Bills were plagued by turnovers, drops and the Patriots running game in, yet, another loss to their AFC East rival. 

Unlike many past games against the Patriots, the Bills defense was gashed by New England on the ground instead of through the air, with New Englad taking off with 273 yards rushing. Sony Michel led the Patriots ground attack with 116 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while Cordarrelle Patterson added 66 yards on just four carries. Tom Brady struggled for most of this game, going 13-of-24 for only 126 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Julian Edelman led the Patriots with 70 yards and a touchdown on six catches.

The Bills offense was not very productive against New England either, scoring a garbage time touchdown on their final drive of the game. Josh Allen was 20-of-41 with 217 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Allen got no help in the ground game, as LeSean McCoy had only nine yards on six carries. Keith Ford led the team with 33 yards on seven carries. Zay Jones led the team in receiving with five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, though it was all on the final drive with the game decided. In addition to Allen's two inteceptions, the Bills also lost a fumble from Jason Croom.  

The Bills fall to 5-10 on the season and close out the year against the Miami Dolphins next Sunday, December 30 at New Era Field. 


Scoring Summary: 

First Quarter: 

  • 7-0 PATRIOTS - Patriots touchdown - Sony Michel runs in a 3-yard touchdown, Stephen Gostkowski's extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yards, 3:22
  • 7-0 PATRIOTS - Bills fumble recovery - Micah Hyde scoops up a Rex Burkhead fumble at the Patriots' 49-yard line, returns the football nine yards to the 40-yard line.
  • 7-0 PATRIOTS - Bills missed field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 43-yard field goal attempt comes up short, hitting the upright.

Second Quarter: 

  • 14-0 PATRIOTS - Patriots touchdown - James White scampers for a 27-yard touchdown run, Stephen Gostkowski's extra-point attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:20
  • 14-0 PATRIOTS - Patriots interception - Josh Allen's pass gets intercepted by J.C. Jackson at the New England 42-yard line, returned the ball to the Buffalo 49-yard line.
  • 14-0 PATRIOTS - Bills interception - Lorenzo Alexander picks off Tom Brady at the Bills' 21-yard line, returned eight yards to the 29-yard line.
  • 14-0 PATRIOTS - Bills turnover on downs - Allen's fourth down pass to Robert Foster falls incomplete and gives the Patriots the ball at their own 25-yard line.

Third Quarter: 

  • 14-0 PATRIOTS - Bills interception - Tom Brady is picked off by Jordan Poyer at the Patriots' 24-yard line, returned for no gain.
  • 14-3 PATRIOTS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 35-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:19 
  • 14-6 PATRIOTS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 41-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 36 yards, 1:10
  • 21-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots touchdown - Tom Brady tosses a 32-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman, Stephen Gostkowski's extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 88 yards, 5:01
  • 21-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots fumble recovery - Jason Croom gets stripped of the football by Jason McCourty at the Patriots' 6-yard line, recovered for no gain by Malcom Brown.

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 24-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots field goal - Stephen Gostkowski's 24-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yards, 3:11
  • 24-6 PATRIOTS - Patriots interception - Jason McCourty picks off Josh Allen at the Patriots' 39-yard line.
  • 24-12 PATRIOTS - Bills touchdown - Josh Allen finds Zay Jones for a 31-yard touchdown passs, Buffalo's extra-point attempt was aborted.
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards, 1:51 




Buffalo Bills: 

Josh Allen: 20-of-41, 217 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT 

New England Patriots: 

Tom Brady: 13-of-24, 126 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT 

Brian Hoyer: 0-of-1, 0 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Keith Ford: 7 carries, 33 yards 

Josh Allen: 5 carries, 30 yards 

LeSean McCoy: 6 carries, 9 yards 

New England Patriots: 

Sony Michel: 18 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD 

Cordarrelle Patterson: 4 carris, 66 yards 

James White: 8 carries, 41 yards, 1 TD 

Rex Burkhead: 13 carries, 39 yards 

Phillip Dorsett: 2 carries, 13 yards 

Brian Hoyer: 2 carries, -2 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Zay Jones: 5 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD 

Jason Croom: 4 receptions, 55 yards 

Robert Foster: 4 receptions, 52 yards 

Keith Ford: 2 receptions, 14 yards 

Deonte Thompson: 1 reception, 11 yards 

LeSean McCoy: 3 receptions, 10 yards 

Isaiah McKenzie: 1 reception, 8 yards 

New England Patriots: 

Julian Edelman: 6 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD 

Rex Burkhead: 4 receptions, 40 yards 

James White: 2 receptions, 13 yards 

Cordarrelle Patterson: 1 reception, 3 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Lorenzo Alexander: 15 tackles, 1 interception 

Tremaine Edmunds: 11 tackles 

Micah Hyde: 8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery 

Jorday Poyer: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception 

New England Patriots: 

Patrick Chung: 7 tackles 

Jason McCourty: 3 tackles, 1 interception 

Malcom Brown: 1 tackle, 1 fumble recovery 

J.C. Jackson: 1 interception 


Team Stats: 

Passing Yards: 

Bills: 217 
Patriots: 117 

Rushing Yards: 

Bills: 72 
Patriots: 273 

Total Yards: 

Bills: 289 
Patriots: 390 

First Downs: 

Bills: 14 
Patriots: 20 


Bills: 3 for 29 yards 
Patriots: 5 for 49 yards 

Time of Possession: 

Bills: 24:22 
Patriots: 35:38 

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