Foxboro – CLNS’ Mike Petraglia breaks down Patriots 37-16 win over Bills.
For the second week in a row, the Patriots were the beneficiary of an overturned touchdown. Referees reversed a Kelvin Benjamin touchdown catch in closing seconds of the second quarter, forcing Buffalo to settle for a field goal. Sending the teams to the half tied 13-13.
The Patriots pulled away in the second half. Dion Lewis had a career day, rushing for 129 yards on 24 carries and touchdown, adding a 12-yard pass from Tom Brady in the 4th quarter that helped Patriots put the game away.
With Rex Burkhead and James White out, Mike Gillislee made the most of his opportunity against his former team, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a Rob Gronkowski one-handed catch. It was Gronkowski’s 12th touchdown catch in 13 career games versus Bills.
The win improves the Patriots to 12-3 and puts the Patriots on the brink of sealing a bye week. The Patriots became the first team in NFL history with eight straight seasons of at least 12 wins.
“That’s pretty cool,” Tom Brady said. “We have a lot of goals and we’re trying to win every time [we’re] out and sometimes it looks great and sometimes it doesn’t. The goal is to win. We’ve played some good teams and we played a good second half, so I was really happy with that. [We’re] 12-3 with one game to go. 13-3 would be a pretty great year. We’ve just got to finish strong.”