The Bills recorded seven sacks, their highest total of the season, and six-and-a-half of which came from their defensive linemen. In the last two games, Buffalo has come up with 11 sacks. Rookie left end Kendrick Office led the Bills defense with two sacks and a forced fumble on Tom Brady deep in Patriots territory that gave Buffalo the chance to get back in the ball game as it was trailing 14-3 late.


Office showed that he can play more physical than Erik Flowers at left end. Instead of running around the tackle, as Flowers often tries to do, Office went right at the tackle using his hands and body leverage. Office was a practice squad player at the beginning of the season.

Right end Aaron Schobel recorded two sacks as did under tackle Tyrone Robertson.

"How about Kendrick Office, the first time he gets a chance to play?" Gregg Williams said. "Two sacks a caused fumble, again, we played very well up front defensively to keep us in the ball game."


Of course, penalties killed Buffalo in Foxboro

Up until this game, Buffalo was doing a very good job playing disciplined football and not being penalized for stupid mistakes. But the Bills were called for nine penalties, costing them 75 yards. The biggest calls, however, were very dubious, and that shouldn't be a surprise considering the Bills' recent history in New England.

On the drive that gave New England a 14-3 lead, inside linebacker Kenyatta Wright had a damaging pass interference on third and four which gave New England a first down at the Bills' 32. Incidentally, the pass to New England running back Kevin Faulk, whom Wright was covering, was incomplete. That was a questionable call as the ref thought Wright hit Faulk too early.

Two plays later, Antoine Winfield was called for pass interference in the end zone while covering Patriots wide receiver David Patten on a post pattern. It was another questionable call as Winfield turned around while the ball arrived. It dropped incomplete. No matter, New England was given the ball at the one and Antowain Smith scored two plays later.

Buffalo also had a 19-yard third quarter touchdown pass to Peerless Price nullified when Jay Riemersma was called for holding as Rob Johnson rolled out to his right.

Gregg Williams didn't talk about those three penalties after the game, but said five other penalties – a false start and illegal formation (Jonas Jennings), personal foul (Travares Tillman) and two defensive encroachments (Shawn Price) – were the result of "guys just playing extremely hard.

"Guys were just working their tail off trying to make a play. We have to eliminate the penalties because we're not good enough to play behind those mistakes."


Injury report

Rob Johnson suffered what appeared to be a serious right shoulder injury when he was sacked by Terrell Buckley on a blitz in the fourth quarter. Unconfirmed media reports had Johnson possibly suffering a broken shoulder.

"It's a shoulder," Williams said. "That's all they told me. I don't know about the facilities here. I guess they're going to evaluate him once we get back home."

Nose tackle Pat Williams also was nicked up at the end of the game, but it didn't appear to be serious.


Timeouts wasted again

When the Bills defense could have used some timeouts late in the game to conserve the clock, they didn't have two of them because Rob Johnson and Alex Van Pelt had to call timeouts earlier in the half due to their teammates not being in the right places.

"Formations," said Williams, bottom-lining it. "Guys lined up incorrectly and just didn't get the call out of the huddle. Call goes in long enough, plenty of time early, and guys just mis-align and the quarterback didn't have enough time to get them lined up correctly."


Antowain Smith gets his revenge

Former Bills back Antowain Smith ran for 100-yards on 20 carries (5.0 yard average), including the game-sealing 42-yard touchdown run. Smith finished with two touchdowns.

"It's real satisfaction," said Smith. "I never doubted myself. I knew I had the ability to go out there and do it. It was just a matter of finding a team that had the confidence in me and gave me an opportunity to go out there and do it and that's what they've done for me in New England . . . To be the one to put it over the top, oh, that felt great."

Through nine games, Smith had 148 rushes for 574 yards and six touchdowns. He had his two 100-yard games in a row with the performance vs. Buffalo – the first two of his New England career.



Peerless Price caught three passes for 59 yards – a 19.7 yard average, which nearly matched his league-leading 20.6 yards per catch coming into the game . . . Antoine Winfield recovered the first fumble of his three-year NFL career. Winfield also had an interception, giving him five for his career . . . Larry Centers' 30-yards receiving put him at 6,027 receiving yards for his career, the second NFL back ever to go over 6,000 yards. Former Bill Ronnie Harmon is No. 1 on the list . . . DaShon Polk started his first NFL game, playing at weakside linebacker because Buffalo opened with a 4-4. He had two tackles . . . Jake Arians missed a 49-yard field goal that hit the left upright and is now 10 for 17 on the year (59 percent).



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