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Bills finally kick nemesis

Rian Lindell kicks the winning field goal for the Bills, who knock off the Patriots for the first time in 16 meetings.

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Rian Lindell kicks the winning field goal for the Bills, who knock off the Patriots for the first time in 16 meetings.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Time to Bill-ieve?

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the new-look, resilient, win-in-the-clutch Bills are showing they're for real after producing their second consecutive stunning comeback victory — this time against their AFC East nemesis, New England.

Rian Lindell hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to cap a 34-31 win in which the Bills overcame a 21-0 second-quarter deficit and snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Patriots.

The win was particularly cherished by senior team members such as linebacker Chris Kelsay, one of four Buffalo players still on hand since the team's last victory over New England, in the 2003 season opener.

"It's the biggest win of my career. I can't think of any bigger," Kelsay said. "To beat these guys at home, in front of our fans, with the way they're behind us despite being down early, it's huge. I'll never forget it."

The Bills won courtesy of another Fitzpatrick-led rally, reminiscent of the 38-35 win over Oakland a week earlier when Buffalo scored touchdowns on its final five possessions to overcome a 21-3 deficit.

According to STATS LLC, Buffalo is the only team to overcome deficits of at least 18 to win in consecutive weeks.

Running back Fred Jackson had 72 yards rushing and a touchdown and 87 yards receiving for the Bills, including a 38-yard catch that set up Lindell's decisive kick.

The Patriots had a 10-game regular-season winning streak snapped. Their 15-game win streak against the Bills was third longest in NFL history for one franchise against another.

Tom Brady had four touchdown passes — but also tied a career worst with four interceptions, as many as he had all of last season.

"We played a good football team and made too many mistakes," Brady said.

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