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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Sorry I wished everyone a Happy New Year yesterday. Stevie must have read it and decided to do his celebration.

Johnson benched after early TD -
"I didn’t understand why I couldn’t go out there and do it a second time, but I got the penalty and coach made his decision and I had to ride with him," said Johnson. "Coach said if something like this happens again and I get a penalty he’s going to have to do what he did today. I don’t lose any love for him. He was true to his word and he has to be."

Stevie Johnson on Getting Benched -
With media jammed around his locker, Stevie Johnson discusses getting benched.

Bills early lead vanishes vs. Pats -
"That was kind of like our season," said Fitzpatrick, who finished with 307 yards passing with a pair of touchdowns and four interceptions. "We started off so well with the 21 points and really had things rolling offensively and were doing some good things on defense stopping them and we wanted to do some up tempo stuff today which worked early. It was still working, it’s just when you get a sack, a penalty and a bad snap and you don’t complete a pass you need to complete it puts you behind the sticks and makes it harder."

Stevie sets team mark despite TD display -
"With the catch Johnson went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season making him the first receiver in Bills history to post back-to-back 1,000-receiving yard seasons."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference -
Fitzpatrick about the team's tenth loss of the season.

Chan Gailey on Pats Loss, Benching Stevie -
The coach's postgame press conference was shorter than most since the injury topic and looking ahead to next week weren't on the table.

Bills Roundup: Stevie Benched as Bills Lose Finale -
Chris Brown puts a bow on the Bills 49-21 loss.

Inside The Bills | Bills 2012 opponents
"Buffalo’s interconference division will be the NFC West and intraconference division will be the AFC South. Buffalo’s other two opponents are determined by where they finish in their respective AFC divisions. Therefore the Bills will be facing the team’s that finished in last place in both the AFC North and AFC West."

Inside The Bills | Buffalo draft pick in top 10
"Buffalo has the same final record as Carolina and Miami (6-10), but the Dolphins and Panthers have a weaker strength of schedule so they draft higher. Here’s the top 10 picks. But Buffalo will rotate in the succeeding rounds with Carolina and Miami."

Inside The Bills | Stevie TD display
"Here’s the message that was on Stevie’s undershirt after scoring on an 18-yard TD catch in the first quarter against the Patriots today. The well wishes drew a 15-yard flag for unsportsmanlike conduct and also got him benched."

Inside The Bills | Chandler update
"I don’t know, bad enough to keep him out for this game," said Gailey. "I don’t know if it’s an operation or not."

Inside The Bills | Moorman sets mark
"Moorman set a new record for highest gross punting average in a season with a mark of 48.22, breaking the old mark of 46.58 in 2009."

Inside The Bills | Bills 2012 free agents
"Here again is the list of Bills free agents for 2012 including unrestricted and restricted free agents."

Bills flame out in finale in New England - The Buffalo News
"It definitely was symbolic of how this season went," linebacker Nick Barnett said. "We started out fast and we shot ourselves in the foot late."

Why so serious? Because Stevie is so childish - Jerry Sullivan
"That's it. I'm done with the guy. OK, I gave Johnson a pass after the Jets debacle (which he probably dropped). I said the Bills should try to sign him to a contract extension, because he was their best receiver and they need to keep their top players. His childish behavior had hurt his team, but he seemed genuinely remorseful and promised it wouldn't happen again."

After benching, Johnson sorry his antics hurt team - The Buffalo News
"Well, what we said after we had an issue earlier in the season was if anybody got a penalty that hurt our football team for any kind of demonstration that he was out that game and then we would decide about the next game," Gailey said. "And so if I say that, then I am going to do it so he was out."

Heard has sound performance in Bills' loss - The Buffalo News
"He certainly had something to talk about after recording two of the Bills four sacks on the day -- the first of his career -- while adding a fumble recovery that was also a career first."

Bills-Patriots report card - The Buffalo News
Grades aren't all that great.

Bills quarterly report - The Buffalo News
A breakdown of each 15-minute period.

Buffalo Bills blow 21-point lead in loss to New England Patriots | Democrat and Chronicle
"It happened last year, he put a message on his shirt, showed his shirt and didn't get a flag," Gailey said. "He does it this year, and he gets a flag. Which one is it, you know? It puts me in a bind. I'm disappointed and if it hurts the team, then I've got to do what I've got to do."

Sal's Six Points: The Answers | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana offers answers to the six questions he posed before the Bills played the Patriots.

HAMILTON: We Need To See Something Different - WGR 550
"The 49 points given up in three quarters once again shows us that George Edwards should be cleaning out his office Monday. The Bills Defensive Coordinator just has no idea how to prepare or call a defense. In his two seasons at the helm of the D Buffalo has had its second and third worst seasons at points against."

BUSCAGLIA: Reaction: Patriots 49 - Bills 21 - WGR 550
"What the hell happened out there today? The Bills flew out to a 21-point lead over the Patriots, with Ryan Fitzpatrick having the best game he's had since the Bills beat the Philadelphia Eagles. Then, the first quarter ended and all hell broke loose."

Final AFC East draft order - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills are in the top 10 for the third consecutive year. This team should think defense, defense, defense."

Bills' WR Johnson on penalty - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Johnson discussed the penalty, and being benched by coach Chan Gailey for it, after the Bills' 49-21 loss to the Patriots."

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 49, Bills 21 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The only thing about the Bills is Stevie getting benched...

Stevie Johnson Wishes You A Happy New Year In Most Stevie Johnson Way Possible -
"Stevie Johnson lifted up his shirt to reveal a New Year's message in Bills-Patriots"

Patriots 49 Bills 21: New England Scores 49 Unanswered - Pats Pulpit
"Despite facing a 21-0 first quarter deficit, the Patriots came back and delivered one of their most dominating performances of the year."