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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots Recap DEC 28TH 2020

Rex Burkhead's 1-yard run with 5:06 remaining gave the New England Patriots a 24-17 victory against the visiting Buffalo Bills on Saturday, clinching another AFC East Division title.

The Patriots scored the game's final 11 points to defeat the Bills for the second time this season and the seventh time in a row. It's the 11th year in a row in which New England (12-3) has won its division, extending their post-merger (since 1970) NFL record.

Buffalo (10-5) surged ahead with a strong third quarter, but it couldn't put away the Patriots. It marked only the second road loss of the season for the Bills, who had won at Dallas and at Pittsburgh during the past month.

The Bills needed to win Saturday and then have a pair of games go in its favor on the final day of the regular season in order to secure the AFC East title.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 26 of 33 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown without an interception, with his rating of 111.0 snapping a career-long streak of nine games with a rating below 100. New England running back Sony Michel gained a season-high 96 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns. He finished 13-for-26 for 208 yards without an interception, but his heave to Cole Beasley on fourth-and-goal from the 15 was knocked away by J.C. Jackson with 1:05 to play.

The Bills had only 268 yards of total offense compared to New England's 414.

Nick Folk's 51-yard field goal in the third quarter gave New England a 13-10 lead.

The Bills went back ahead at the 7:25 mark of the third on Allen's 53-yard pass play to John Brown, who snuck behind safety Devin McCourty on a corner-post route.

Folk's 20-yarder early in the fourth quarter closed the gap to 17-16.

After Burkhead, who had only five carries in the game, capped the seven-play, 59-yard winning drive, the Patriots tacked on a two-point conversion to Julian Edelman to go up seven.

The scoring began for Buffalo on Stephen Hauschka's 35-yard field goal in the first quarter.

The Patriots bounced back to score on Brady's 8-yard pass to Matt LaCosse.

New England went up 10-7 on Folk's 36-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Buffalo responded on Allen's 1-yard pass to left tackle Dion Dawkins -- who lined up at his normal position but reported as an eligible receiver on the play -- with one second left in the first half to forge a 10-10 halftime tie.

--Field Level Media

Josh Allen threw three of his four touchdown passes to Stefon Diggs as the playoff-bound Buffalo Bills routed the New England Patriots 38-9 on Monday in Foxborough, Mass.

Allen, who completed 27 of 36 passes for 320 yards, found Diggs for an 8-yard score early in the fourth quarter to set a franchise record with his 34th passing touchdown of the season. The total surpassed the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in 1991.

Diggs had nine receptions for 145 yards for the Bills (12-3), who currently hold the second seed in the AFC by virtue of their 26-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) on Dec. 13. Buffalo can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win over visiting Miami on Sunday or a Pittsburgh loss at Cleveland.

Tight end Lee Smith had a touchdown reception and rookie Zack Moss added a scoring run as the Bills completed a season sweep of the Patriots (6-9) for the first time since 1999. Moss rushed for a pair of touchdowns in Buffalo's 24-21 home win over New England on Nov. 1.

Cam Newton recorded his 12th rushing touchdown of the season early in the second quarter to tie Steve Grogan (1976) for the Patriots' single-season mark among quarterbacks.

Newton completed 5 of 10 passes for 34 yards before being pulled early in the third quarter in favor of Jarrett Stidham, who went 4 of 11 for 44 yards.

Nick Folk missed the extra-point attempt following Newton's 9-yard touchdown to keep Buffalo's lead at 10-9 before Allen started his scoring frenzy.

Allen tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Smith, then used play action to find Diggs, who scored from 50 yards out to stake the Bills to a 24-9 lead late in the first half.

Allen and Diggs certainly weren't done, as the wide receiver split a pair of defenders for an 18-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. The duo capped the scoring in the fourth, with Diggs tying his career high for receiving touchdowns in a game, a mark he initially set against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 13, 2019.

--Field Level Media

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Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots

Player Position Lineup
Josh Allen primary: Quarterback Starter
Ike Boettger primary: Left Guard Starter
Dion Dawkins primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tremaine Edmunds primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Jon Feliciano primary: Right Guard Starter
Jerry Hughes primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Micah Hyde primary: Free Safety Starter
Matt Milano primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Mitch Morse primary: Center Starter
Ed Oliver primary: Right Defensive Tackle Starter
Jordan Poyer primary: Strong Safety Starter
Devin Singletary primary: Runningback Starter
Lee Smith primary: Tight End Starter
Levi Wallace primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Tre'Davious White primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Stefon Diggs primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Isaiah McKenzie primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Daryl Williams primary: Right Tackle Starter
Gabriel Davis primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Vernon Butler primary: Left Defensive Tackle Starter
A.J. Klein primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Mario Addison primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Matt Barkley primary: Quarterback Substitution
Ryan Bates primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Cole Beasley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Corey Bojorquez primary: Punter Substitution
Reid Ferguson primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Darryl Johnson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jaquan Johnson primary: Safety Substitution
Taron Johnson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Dawson Knox primary: Tight End Substitution
Tyler Kroft primary: Tight End Substitution
Siran Neal primary: Safety Substitution
Ty Nsekhe primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Harrison Phillips primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Josh Norman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tyrel Dodson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Quinton Jefferson primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Taiwan Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
A.J. Epenesa primary: Defensive End Substitution
Zack Moss primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Bass primary: Kicker Substitution
Tyler Matakevich primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brian Winters primary: Guard Substitution
Justin Zimmer primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Andre Smith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Andre Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dean Marlowe primary: Safety Substitution
Trent Murphy primary: Defensive End Not active
Davis Webb primary: Quarterback Not active
Jake Fromm primary: Quarterback Not active
Reggie Gilliam primary: Tight End Not active
Player Position Lineup
David Andrews primary: Center Starter
Adam Butler primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Byron Cowart primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
J.C. Jackson primary: Left Center Starter
Jakob Johnson primary: Fullback Starter
Jonathan Jones primary: Right Center Starter
Shaq Mason primary: Right Guard Starter
Devin McCourty primary: Safety Starter
Jason McCourty primary: Right Center Starter
Jakobi Meyers primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Sony Michel primary: Runningback Starter
John Simon primary: Right End Starter
Joe Thuney primary: Left Guard Starter
Tashawn Bower primary: Left End Starter
Terez Hall primary: Linebacker Starter
Adrian Phillips primary: Safety Starter
Damiere Byrd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Josh Uche primary: Linebacker Starter
Devin Asiasi primary: Tight End Starter
Mike Onwenu primary: Right Tackle Starter
Justin Herron primary: Left Tackle Starter
Cam Newton primary: Quarterback Starter
Jake Bailey primary: Punter Substitution
Justin Bethel primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Terrence Brooks primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Joe Cardona primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Korey Cunningham primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jermaine Eluemunor primary: Guard Substitution
N'Keal Harry primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Gunner Olszewski primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matthew Slater primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jarrett Stidham primary: Quarterback Substitution
James White primary: Runningback Substitution
Joejuan Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chase Winovich primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Deatrich Wise Jr. primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Nick Thurman primary: Defensive End Substitution
Cody Davis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kyle Dugger primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Anfernee Jennings primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dalton Keene primary: Tight End Substitution
Cassh Maluia primary: Linebacker Substitution
Myles Bryant primary: Defensive Back Substitution
J.J. Taylor primary: Runningback Substitution
Nick Folk primary: Kicker Substitution
James Ferentz primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Donte Moncrief primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Akeem Spence primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Ja'Whaun Bentley primary: Linebacker Not active
Shilique Calhoun primary: Linebacker Not active
Lawrence Guy primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Damien Harris primary: Runningback Not active
Brian Hoyer primary: Quarterback Not active
Marcus Martin primary: Center Not active

Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Tyler Bass
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Period 2
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 50 Yards
    • Passer: Josh Allen
    • Pass Receiver: Stefon Diggs
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Lee Smith
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Passer: Josh Allen
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 9 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
    • Rusher: Cam Newton
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Rusher: Zack Moss
  • Period 3
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 18 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Stefon Diggs
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Passer: Josh Allen
  • Period 4
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Passer: Josh Allen
    • Pass Receiver: Stefon Diggs
  • Match End


Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Kansas City L 24 - 38
  • Baltimore W 3 - 17
  • Indianapolis W 24 - 27
  • Miami W 26 - 56
  • @New England W 38 - 9
  • @Denver W 48 - 19
  • Pittsburgh W 15 - 26
  • @San Francisco W 34 - 24
  • L.A. Chargers W 17 - 27
  • @Arizona L 30 - 32
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • N.Y. Jets W 14 - 28
  • Buffalo L 38 - 9
  • @Miami L 12 - 22
  • @L.A. Rams L 3 - 24
  • @L.A. Chargers W 45 - 0
  • Arizona W 17 - 20
  • @Houston L 20 - 27
  • Baltimore W 17 - 23
  • @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 21 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Bills @ Patriots 38-9
  • Patriots @ Bills 21-24
  • Bills @ Patriots 17-24
  • Patriots @ Bills 16-10
  • Bills @ Patriots 12-24
  • Patriots @ Bills 25-6
  • Bills @ Patriots 16-37
  • Patriots @ Bills 23-3
  • Patriots @ Bills 41-25
  • Bills @ Patriots 16-0

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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