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FORECAST: Buffalo/New England 9/8/2013

Game number 1 of the 2013 season got off with a bang for the Buffalo Bills defense on the first series of the game. New England’s, Donald Jones, received a quick slant pass from Tom Brady, but fumbled the ball after a jarring collision with Bills rookie LB Kiko Alonso. Bryan Scott recovered the ball at the Patriots 25 yard line and the Bills offense needed only 2 plays to punch it in. A ten yard run up the middle by Freddie Jackson set up Kevin Kolb's touch pass to another Bills rookie. Robert Brooks received his first NFL touchdown, a 15 yard toe-tapper in the corner of the end-zone. On the next series, Marcel Dareus had 2 of his 3 sacks of Brady. Dareus was nearly unblockable the entire game. Three and out was the name of the game in the first quarter as neither offense was able to match the intensity of the defenses. In the second quarter, Brady moved the ball methodically down the field hitting 5 different receivers on a drive that lasted over 6 minutes. The drive resulted in a 2 yard score on fourth down. Donald Jones would receive his redeemer on a quick pass from Brady to even the score. With only 51 seconds left on the clock until the half, the ensuing kick-off was returned to the Patriots 40 by Brad Smith. Two quick strikes by Kevin Kolb to WR Stevie Johnson and TE Scott Chandler followed by time out allowed rookie place kicker, Dustin Hopkins, time to boot a 47 yard field goal to end the half. On the final pass play, Kevin Kolb was hit high by Don'ta Hightower resulting in a rib injury that would need ex-rays during the half. No penalty was called, though a fine from the NFL might be forthcoming for Hightower. The second half saw rookie QB EJ Manuel taking his first snaps as a pro. His first drive was promising. A hurried pace mix of runs and slants moved the ball to the Patriots 19. Rushed out of the pocket on 3rd and 10, Manuel tried to fit the ball in to Stevie Johnson between defenders and was picked off by LB Brandon Spikes. Brady and the Pats took advantage of the opportunity and drove 80 yards to take the lead on a 12 yard scamper by Stevan Ridley to go up 14 to 10. The next Bills drive was nearly perfect as Manuel went 3 for 4 for 40 yards before a 32 yard dump off screen to CJ Spiller took it the rest of the way as time expired in the 3rd quarter. The Bills defense, fueled by the pumped up 12th man, played inspired football in the 4th quarter. Mario Williams and former Colt, Jerry Hughes each had a sack of Brady on consecutive plays. The Pats offensive line had no answer for Bills DC Mike Pettine’s waves of blitzes. A fortuitous 52 yard punt return by Aqib Talib set Brady up for a final drive at the Bills 33 with just under 2 minutes left and 2 time outs. A run and screen by Stevan Ridley brought New England to the Buffalo 17. With 23 seconds and one time out remaining Brady threw a pass to WR Danny Amendola in the flat. He appeared to have a clear path to the end zone, but he bobbled the catch and Leodis McKelvin ripped the ball from him and headed in the other direction 90 yards for the dagger. Final score Buffalo 24 New England 14. BOX SCORE BUFFALO PASSING Kolb 8-12 122 1 Manuel 9-16 118 0 1 NEW ENGLAND PASSING Brady 18-29 211 1 1 BUFFALO RUSHING Spiller 17-99 1 Jackson 10-39 NEW ENGLAND RUSHING Ridley 18-44 Vareen 3-6 BUFFALO SACKS Dareus 3 Williiams, M 1 Hughes 1 NEW ENGLAND SACKS Mayo 1

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