FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots remained unbeaten, but the story of the game may have been the officiating.
New England's 20-13 victory over the Bills on Monday night featured several bizarre calls.
Early in the third quarter, a member of the officiating crew blew an inadvertent whistle on a play in which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady rolled out and hit receiver Danny Amendola on a 14-yard pass that could have gone for much more.
Referees huddled and decided that by rule, the ball was dead at the spot where the catch was made. Bills coach Rex Ryan was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct as he appeared to induce the whistle. The drive ended with Stephen Gostkowski missing a 54-yard field goal, his first miss of the season.
At the end of the game, the Bills were trying to drive for a tying touchdown when Tyrod Taylor completed a sideline pass to Sammy Watkins at the Buffalo 48. Watkins dropped and appeared to roll out of bounds, untouched, with two seconds left. But refs determined he was inbounds and let the game clock run down to zero.
James White had the first two touchdowns of his career as New England improved to 10-0.
MAKING HEADLINES: Johnny Manziel, who promised last week that he wouldn't embarrass Cleveland's organization while the team was off, spent time partying in Texas then hanging out at Saturday's Michigan State-Ohio State game in Columbus, Ohio. Monday, a video surfaced of the second-year quarterback holding a bottle of champagne and singing rap lyrics in a DJ's booth at a club in Austin, Texas.
DEFLATEGATE: A federal appeals court in New York set a March 3 date for oral arguments in the NFL's appeal of a ruling lifting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the Deflategate controversy.
FLACCO INJURY: An MRI exam confirmed that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the final minute of Sunday's game. It's a season-ending injury.
PEYTON STILL OUT: Quarterback Peyton Manning flew to Charlotte, N.C., for a second opinion on his left foot, and Broncos coach Gary Kubiak announced Brock Osweiler would get his second straight start Sunday.
COLTS: Left tackle Anthony Castonzo sprained the MCL in his right knee and is listed as week to week.
JETS: Darrelle Revis' concussion symptoms had not improved a day after he was injured, leaving the former Bucs cornerback's availability in doubt.
RAMS: The NFL is investigating whether correct concussion protocol was followed for quarterback Case Keenum late in Sunday's loss at Baltimore.
TEXANS: Quarterback Brian Hoyer is done with the team's concussion protocol and will start Sunday. Hoyer was injured Nov. 16.