Week 4 Gameday Recap: Patriots Beat Bills

<p>The New England Patriots managed to stave off a tenacious Buffalo Bills defense to secure their 18th win in a row, tying an NFL record shared with 5 other teams. In Orchard Park today, the Patriots had a very tough challenge by a mistake prone Buffalo Bills team that had the game close until 2:59 in the fourth quarter.</p>

PHOTO:
New England Patriots' Corey Dillon (28) runs for a touchdown in the first half against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

The Buffalo Bills had one of their best chances to tie or beat the New England Patriots with about 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter of the game. The Bills and the Pats had an even exchange of scores through quarters one through three. Were it not for an offsides against Buffalo on 4th down with the Patriots in FG formation, the Bills would have been in a position to tie the game up on their second to last possession.

As it were, the Bills committed yet another blunder by jumping offsides on an Adam Vinatieri FG to give the Patriots a first down and goal from the 9 in stead of a 20-17 lead. Tom Brady went on to hit a crossing Daniel Graham in the back of the end zone 2 plays later to give the Patriots a 24-17 lead.

The Bills next possession still left them with a good chance to tie the game. QB Drew Bledsoe drove the Bills down the field, finding an open Eric Moulds for 20 yards over the middle to setup a 1st and ten on the Patriots 25 with just under 5 minutes to go. A couple runs by Travis Henry down to the Patriots 16 and then everything unraveled for the Bills.

The sideline looking to solidify their play, called for a time-out in a 4th and 3 from the Patriots 16. The Bills elected to try for the TD or first down, but the play never looked like the QB and the RB were on the same page even after the time out. With Bledsoe dropping back, the Patriots rushed with a slew of defenders coming on a blitz.

Bledsoe stumbled, tried to regain his footing, but was sacked and fumbled the ball. Richard Seymour scooped it up and rumbled down the field 68 yards for his first career TD, cementing the Patriots lead. 31-17.

The Bills never really had another shot as the Patriots defense teed off on Bledsoe on the next possession, sacking the QB multiple times on the drive that basically eliminating any possibility of a comeback at that point. Even though Bledsoe took the Bills to the Patriots 27 with 4 seconds left in the game, he never fully recovered from the fumble return for a TD.

Bledsoe finished the game 18 of 30 for 247 with 1 TD and one INT.

Brady finished a little better 17-30 for 298 with 2 TD and no INTs.

It wasn't Bledsoe who lost the game for the Bills, it was a combination of untimely mistakes and penalties.
The Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins next week where they have a chance to break the "unofficial" record at 19 wins. The Dolphins are one of the trams tied for the longest streak set at 18.

Here's the Box Score and stats from the game.

Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Patriots
10
7
0
14
31
Bills
10
7
0
0
17

 

FINAL SCORE: 31 - 17 Patriots win (18th in a row*)
*Ties NFL Record

Photos of the game. (AP Photos - Courtesy NFL.com)

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PATRIOTS 31 - BILLS 17:
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Team Stats
Patriots
Bills
1st Downs
21
18
  Rushing
5
7
  Passing
13
9
  Penalty
3
2
  3rd-Down Conversions
5-11
2-12
  4th-Down Conversions
0-0
2-4
Punts-Average
4-49.5
5-51.2
Return Yards
117
213
  Punts-Returns
1-0
2-22
  Kickoffs-Returns
4-96
5-191
  Int.-Returns
1-21
0-0
Penalties-Yards
10-77
11-94
Fumbles-Lost
2-1
2-1
Time Of Pos.
28:43
31:17

Team Stats
Patriots
Bills
Total Net Yards
397
337
  Total Plays
56
63
  Average Gain
7.1
5.3
Net Yards Rushing
99
138
  Rushes
26
26
  Avg. Per Rush
3.8
5.3
Net Yards Passing
298
199
  Comp.-Att.
17-30
18-30
  Yards Per Pass
9.9
5.4
  Sacked-Yards Lost
0-0
7-48
  Had Intercepted
0
1
Touchdowns
4
2
  Rushing
1
0
  Passing
2
1
  Other
1
1
Extra Points 
4-4
2-2
Field Goals
1-1
1-1
Red Zone Efficiency
2-3=66%
0-2 =0%
Goal To Go Efficiency
1-2= 50%
0-0 = 0%
stats: compilation of online services and NFL.com

 


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