Blount carries Pats to bye, No. 2 seed
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount made one last big splash into a soggy end zone.
The powerful back finished his 35-yard touchdown run up the left sideline by flopping with outstretched arms and capping New England's win over Buffalo in a steady downpour. The victory gave the Patriots a first-round bye and the AFC's No. 2 seed.
"He carried the team on his back most of the day," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of the former Bucs running back.
Blount rushed for a career-high 189 yards, returned two kickoffs for 145 and set a club record with 334 all-purpose yards.
"Every time I play I try my best to come out with the mind-set to make a contribution to any part of the game, whether it's kick returns or running the ball or catching it," Blount said.
Stephen Gostkowski hit four field goals as the Patriots earned their eighth bye in Belichick's 14 years.