Bills Beat Patriots 17-9, Finish 9-7

The Buffalo Bills ended three streaks on Sunday by defeating the New England Patriots 17-9.

The Buffalo Bills finished their 2014 season on a high note. Buffalo defeated the New England Patriots 17-9 on Sunday and ended quite a few streaks. First, the victory moved the Bills to 9-7. It's Buffalo's first winning record since 2004. Next, the victory at Gillette Stadium was Buffalo's first. The team entered the game with a 0-12 record at Gillette Stadium. Last, the victory ended New England's 35 game winning streak at home over AFC opponents.

Kyle Orton was 16-of-23 for 176 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. He wasn't asked to do too much and played the role of game manager well. The Bills rushed the ball 31 times on Sunday for 107 yards and an Anthony Dixon touchdown. Robert Woods caught a touchdown pass and finished with 39 yards receiving. Sammy Watkins led the team in receiving with 57 yards and finished the season with 982 receiving yards.

Defensively, Buffalo sacked Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo four times with Jarius Wynn leading the way with 1.5. Mario Williams notched a sack as well and finished with 14.5 sacks, a new career high. The defense limited New England to three field goals.

New England's offense struggled. The team rested various starters throughout the game which accounts for much of their woes. Tom Brady finished 8-of-16 for 80 yards and Garoppolo was 10-of-17 for 90 yards. The backup quarterback also finished second in rushing with 16 yards.

LeGarrette Blount led all rushers with 62 yards on 10 carries and the Patriots finished with 116 yards rushing on 25 carries. Brandon LaFell led all receivers with 70 yards on four receptions. 

Defensively, New England was able to sack Orton twice. Jamie Collins had a strip sack that was recovered by the Patriots and Akeem Ayers added another later in the game. 

The Bills can look back at this season positively, but a few gaffes cost them an opportunity to make the playoffs. As for New England, they continued their dominance of the AFC East and the team will be the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs. 


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