Record day for Brady, Pats in hostile house
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady asserted his on-field ownership of the Bills again, matching an NFL record in beating them for the 26th time.
Brady went 22-of-33 for 315 yards and threw four touchdowns in leading New England to victory. He improved to 26-3 against Buffalo, matching a record set by Brett Favre, who went 26-9 against Detroit.
Best of all, Brady's performance had Bills fans heading for the exits early in the fourth quarter, so mostly Patriots fans remained as the clock wound down. "We've had a lot of experiences where there's 70,000 people against you," Brady said. "And at the end there's 5,000 Patriots (fans) on the road that are cheering for us."
The Patriots have won four straight since Brady returned after opening the season serving his four-game "Deflategate" suspension. His absence included New England's only blemish, a 16-0 home loss to Buffalo on Oct. 2. And don't think that loss didn't still sting.
"You know, they like to talk all that. They got that win," said tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had 109 yards receiving and a touchdown. That score, his 69th, broke a tie with Stanley Morgan for most touchdowns in Patriots history.