Mostly Cloudy81° FULL FORECASTMostly Cloudy81° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Patriots 52, Bills 28

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — There's nothing wrong with Tom Brady and the Patriots that a game against their familiar AFC East patsies — the Bills — can't fix.

Not even after Brady and Co. fell behind by 14.

Brady directed six straight touchdown drives in the second half Sunday en route to a 52-28 blowout.

The Patriots produced 580 yards, fourth-most in team history, forced six turnovers and avoided their first three-game losing streak in 10 years.

"Down 21-7 and on the road, backs against the wall, and I thought we showed a lot of heart," Brady said. "That's what this team is made of."

Brady passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns and had one rushing score.

Wes Welker had nine catches for 129 yards, and tight end Rob Gronkowski had five for 104 yards and a TD as both bounced back from first-half fumbles.

"You can't panic," Gronkowski said. "When you panic, nothing good happens from there."

The comeback began after Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Donald Jones for a 68-yard TD on the first Bills drive of the second half.

"I don't like to play like that, and I don't like to think that's who we are," said Bills coach Chan Gailey after Buffalo dropped to 1-17 against the Patriots in the past 18 meetings. "But that's who we were today. You can't sugarcoat it."

The Bills got their two top rushers back. Fred Jackson had 29 yards rushing and 50 receiving in his first game since spraining his right knee in the opener. C.J. Spiller ran for 33 yards after hurting his left shoulder last weekend at Cleveland.


Patriots 52, Bills 28 09/30/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 11:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2016 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours