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NFL Week 10: Patriots 37, Bills 31

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Bills can't finish Pats, fall 37-31

Despite 481 yards of total offense, the Buffalo Bills couldn't overcome mistakes (three turnovers, 14 penalties) and poor defense in a 37-31 road loss to the New England Patriots.

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Bills trail 37-31. 2:06 remaining. 2 timeouts.

Stephen Gostkowski has just kicked a 27-yard field goal to extend the New England Patriots' lead over the Buffalo Bills to 37-31. Buffalo will be getting the ball back with 2:06 remaining and two timeouts. Let's do this, Chan Gailey, Ryan Fitzpatrick and company.

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Fitz-to-Jones; Bills trail 34-31

Seven minutes and 47 seconds remain in today's game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots. Donald Jones just caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the Bills have suddenly climbed to within 34-31 of the home team.

The touchdown capped off a wild sequence of events that began with Fred Jackson fumbling at the Patriots' one-yard line as he was making an extra effort for the end zone. Initially ruled down by contact, a Bill Belichick review gave the ball to New England on their own one-yard line.

Buffalo's defense came through with a quick three-and-out on the ensuing Pats possession, as Tom Brady threw three straight incompletions. The ensuing Zoltan Mesko punt gave the ball to Buffalo in New England territory, and the Bills had narrowly avoided disaster.

Then Buffalo took advantage of the situation, driving down inside the Patriots' five-yard line before Fitzpatrick found Jones from just a few yards out on a 3rd and Goal. Now the defense has to step up again if the Bills want to do more than scrap for a moral victory at Gillette Stadium.

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Pats extend lead to 34-24

The streak has been broken: the New England Patriots had responded to each Buffalo Bills touchdown today with a touchdown of their own. Following a Fred Jackson touchdown, however, the Patriots could only muster a field goal; Stephen Gostkowski knocked the kick in from 48 yards, and the Patriots now lead the Bills 34-24 with 14:10 to play.

Stephon Gilmore brought down Deion Branch short of the first down marker to stall the Patriots' drive. Rather than putting the pedal to the metal and going for it on 4th & 2, Bill Belichick elected to kick the field goal to cap off a seven-play, 50-yard drive.

Stevan Ridley had the biggest play on the field goal drive, ripping off a 24-yard run going untouched through the line of scrimmage.

Buffalo gets the ball back with plenty of time - and for the first time today, the offense will have a chance to get within a touchdown of the Patriots.

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Bills won't die; trail 31-24

It's a pity that the Buffalo Bills struggle to play defense and continue to commit penalties, because their offense is on fire today against the New England Patriots. Fred Jackson scored from a yard out - his second rushing touchdown of the day - to cut New England's lead to 31-24 with just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The scoring drive was keyed, however, by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Harvard grad completed six-of-eight passes for 82 yards on the possession, staying hot on a very strong day for the embattled quarterback. Through three quarters of play, Fitzpatrick has completed 19-of-25 passes for 235 yards with a second-quarter touchdown. Take away his first quarter fumble, and we've gotten as close to a perfect three quarters from Fitz as one is likely to get.

Sadly, the Bills' penalty tally is now up to 13 (for 142 yards), and Tom Brady is still standing on the other sideline. Can the Bills finally sustain some of their momentum? Or will New England take it away immediately, as they've done all day?

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Another penalty, another Pats TD

Yet another Buffalo Bills penalty gave the New England Patriots excellent field position, and Tom Brady and company made the Bills pay by extending their third-quarter lead to 31-17.

Ron Brooks, forced out of bounds as a punt gunner by two Patriots, did not get back into the field of play fast enough, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Four plays and just 39 yards later, Danny Woodhead hauled in a Brady pass and eked the ball into the end zone for an 18-yard scoring play.

Woodhead, a notorious Bills killer, now has two touchdowns on the day - one through the air and one on the ground.

The Patriots touchdown came after the teams swapped poor opening possessions at the start of the second half. Kyle Williams sacked Brady to snuff out New England's opening possession, but Ryan Fitzpatrick took a delay of game penalty on the ensuing drive to force a Shawn Powell punt. That's when Brooks helped give all of the momentum back to New England.

7:14 remains in the third quarter. Can Buffalo's offense get back on track and keep the Bills within shouting distance?

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Bills/Pats second half live chat

Buffalo Bills fans discuss the second half of today's game against the New England Patriots. The Bills trail 24-17 at halftime.

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Pats extend lead to 24-10

The New England Patriots now lead the Buffalo Bills 24-10, and their latest touchdown drive was supplied almost entirely by Bills penalty yardage. The 81-yard scoring drive featured three separate Bills penalties - two pass interference calls and a facemask on Stephon Gilmore - that totaled 69 of those 81 yards.

Rob Gronkowski caught a two-yard touchdown pass to cap off the drive. He now has nine touchdowns in six career games against the Bills.

Jairus Byrd was flagged for the first pass interference while covering Gronkowski. That was a poor call; there was clearly a penalty, but as Tom Brady targeted Julian Edelman on the play, it should have been a five-yard illegal contact penalty, rather than a 15-yard pass interference. Similarly, Gilmore's lengthy penalty came on a significant end zone overthrow; arguably, the flag should've been picked up due to the uncatchable nature of the throw.

Alas, the Bills trail by two scores again. They've got three minutes to try to close the gap before halftime.

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Fred cuts Pats lead to 17-10

The Buffalo Bills' offense, at least, has finally decided to show up at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Fred Jackson ran in from 14 yards out to cap off a six-play, 80-yard scoring drive that cut the New England Patriots' second quarter lead to 17-10. The drive, like New England's scoring drive before it, took just three minutes off of the clock.

Scott Chandler got the drive started with a 23-yard catch and a 17-yard catch, and C.J. Spiller added a couple of nice runs on the drive as well, including a pretty 12-yarder. On Jackson's touchdown run, he spun out of traffic beyond the outstretched arms of Jerod Mayo and ran into the endzone untouched from that point.

Despite the fact that the Bills' defense has been roundly abused to this point in the game, the offense has woken up enough to keep the Bills in a game that, in all honesty, they don't have any business being in. Let's see if they can't build a little momentum here.

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Welp - Pats 17, Bills 3

Remember when the Buffalo Bills were within one score of the New England Patriots? Yeah, that lasted all of three minutes. That's how long it took Tom Brady and company to march 83 yards in eight plays for yet another touchdown.

Danny Woodhead ran the ball in untouched from 15 yards out to give the Patriots a 17-3 lead. 9:13 remains in the second quarter.

Rob Gronkowski had a 24-yard reception on the drive to help set up the score, and on top of his touchdown run, Woodhead added a 15-yard reception to convert a 3rd and 7 and sustain the drive.

New England already has two rushing touchdowns on the day; that puts their running rushing touchdown total against the Bills up to six on the season. Who needs Tom Brady when you can score at will on the ground?

Buffalo takes over looking for a score on a second consecutive possession.

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Bills back to within 10-3

Rian Lindell kicked a 41-yard field goal with 12:07 remaining in the second quarter to bring the Buffalo Bills back to within a touchdown of the New England Patriots. The home Patriots now lead the visiting Bills 10-3.

Lindell's field goal capped off an 11-play, 57-yard drive that might have yielded more points had Chris Hairston not been flagged for a hold on 3rd and short. C.J. Spiller did not gain a first down on the play, but Chan Gailey may have been compelled to try for a first down on 4th and inches. Instead, Ryan Fitzpatrick took a sack on third down and the Bills settled for a field goal.

Fred Jackson converted an early 3rd & 16 on the drive, and Donald Jones had a 22-yard reception on a play-action fake to set up Buffalo's first score of the game.

New England gets the ball back having scored on their first two possessions of the game. Buffalo may not be within one score of New England for very long here.

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Fitz fumbles, Pats up 10-0

After the New England Patriots took an early 3-0 lead, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick supplied the home team with outstanding field position - as is his custom - and Stevan Ridley ran the ball in from a yard out to give the Pats a 10-0 lead.

Fitzpatrick was sacked by Vince Wilfork on a play where he held the ball entirely too long, and lost the football immediately after contact. Chandler Jones recovered for the Patriots.

New England's drive was further aided by two pass interference calls on the Bills - a horrible call on George Wilson (on a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski), and an acceptable call against Stephon Gilmore (on a throw to Deion Branch). The Gilmore penalty turned a 3rd & Goal into another 1st & Goal from the one-yard line, and Ridley made the Bills pay.

3:54 now remains in the first quarter, and the Bills are already facing a two-score deficit. Shocker.

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Pats up 3-0 on Bills

The New England Patriots have taken an early 3-0 lead on the Buffalo Bills thanks to a 43-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. They might not have scored on their opening possession at all had the Bills been able to hang on to either of their two interception opportunities.

On Tom Brady's first pass attempt of the day, Marcell Dareus deflected the ball into the air, but Bryan Scott could not bring in an easy centerfield fly for the pick. Then, on the final play of the drive prior to the field goal, a ball went through Deion Branch's hands, but Leodis McKelvin couldn't hang on for the pick.

Wes Welker also dropped an easy touchdown on the drive. The fact that there were three drops at all on the possession indicates that the players may be dealing with some sun glare issues. That'll be worth noting when the Bills get to the second quarter and the sun is at their back.

Buffalo takes over with 6:04 left in the first quarter, looking to improve on an opening possession that saw them commit three penalties.

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Live chat: Bills/Pats, first half

Buffalo Bills fans discuss the first half of today's game against the New England Patriots.

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Kelsay headlines Bills/Pats inactives

The Buffalo Bills will be without three starters against the New England Patriots, including veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay.

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Pats won't have Hernandez

For the fourth time in his three-year career, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss a game against the Buffalo Bills. That according to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, who writes that Hernandez will not play in his second straight game while dealing with complications to an ankle injury.

That's good news for the Bills, who have only had to play against Hernandez twice in six tries through his first three NFL seasons. Why is that good news, you ask? Because in the two games Hernandez did suit up against the Bills, he combined for 13 receptions, 203 yards and a touchdown. Oh, and he added three carries for 39 yards, too. You read that correctly: Hernandez averages 13 yards per carry in his career against Buffalo.

New England activated Visanthe Shiancoe from the injured list to fill Hernandez' role in the offense, but clearly, the Bills will once again focus all of their attention on another, much more productive Pats tight end: Rob Gronkowski. The Western New York native has 27 catches, 418 yards and eight touchdowns in five career games against Buffalo, scoring at least once in all five contests.

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Abbreviated Bills/Pats preview

Buffalo Bills fans quickly recap the events of Week 4 and re-examine the New England Patriots in advance of tomorrow's Week 10 matchup between the two teams.

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