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The Buffalo Bills lost a heartbreaker to the New England Patriots. Read and see their reactions as well as that of the local and national media.

Jim Rogash

Bills can't pull out tight one vs. Patriots -
"The only thing you could ask for as a quarterback is a chance at the end to win the game. And we had that, we did," said Fitzpatrick. "We held them to a field goal at the end there and we were able to drive down and have a couple of shots at the end zone, but weren’t able to get it done and I thought we fought up there."

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "This is a tough one to swallow" -
"We aren’t going to back down from anybody. I think that Spikes is an emotional player. I think he’s a punk at times and took a cheap shot at Scott[Chandler] in the first game and was doing a lot of talking and hitting out there – he’s not one of my favorite players – [he’s] not high on my list. I think that’s all just mentality and I think it’s important that you don’t back down from anybody."

Chan Gailey: "We couldn't finish" -
"After all the talk that I gave about finishing, we couldn’t finish. Had the opportunity and could not finish. There were a lot of ups and downs, good and bad in that ballgame, but that’s the bottom line. We had the chance to finish and we didn’t."

Players react to loss in New England -
T.J. Graham took responsibility for the game-sealing interception. The media laso spoke with C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones, Jairus Byrd, Mario Williams, George Wilson, Kyle Williams, Stephon Gilmore, Marcell Dareus, and Rian Lindell.

T.J. Graham Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham admits "rookie mistake" in the final play of the 37-31 loss to the Patriots"

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey talks about missed opportunities and painful penalties costing the team a win against New England"

Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick talks about turnovers and penalties hurting what was an otherwise strong performance by himself and the offense against the Patriots"

Bills vs. Patriots highlights - VIDEO -
"The New England Patriots prevent the Buffalo Bills from making a late-game comeback in a thrilling 37-31 victory."

Bills Roundup: Late Interception Sinks Buffalo - VIDEO -
"An interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, coupled with two earlier turnovers and several penalties, help cost the Bills a chance at their first ever win in Gillette Stadium."

Bills Focus: Offense Looks to Carry Momentum - VIDEO -
"After rolling up alomst 500 yards of total offense and a team record 35 first downs, the Bills offense hopes to carry that momentum into Thursday night's game against Maimi."

Inside The Bills | Fred sustains head injury
"I don’t know if they’re calling it a concussion," said Gailey. "I don’t know what the word is. I don’t know if it’s a concussion or not. They didn’t tell me."

Inside The Bills | T.J. takes blame for INT at end
"Fitzpatrick said they need to have better communication prior to the play, but it sounds as if Graham was supposed to run a shallower cross on his route and come underneath the safety Devin McCourty, who had the pick."

Inside The Bills | Fitz calls Pats LB Spikes "a punk"
"Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had his helmet knocked clean off his head by Patriots LB Brandon Spikes on an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit that was flagged by officials in the fourth quarter. When Fitzpatrick got back up minus his helmet he went and confronted Spikes face to face. He also had some choice words to describe the type of player he thinks Spikes is after the game."

Inside The Bills | Penalties a killer
"That’s just something you got to play through," said Eric Wood. "It’s not really in our hands. The refs make certain calls, and there’s nothing really you can do about it. We can’t complain. We’ve just got to play through it. For the most part we did a good job doing that, but we just didn’t come away with the victory."

Inside The Bills | Turnovers again tell the tale
"You turn it over at the one and you turn it over on our half of the field, they get a short touchdown out of it. We can’t turn it over," said head coach Chan Gailey. "We are not good enough yet to not play extremely well and win. We’ve got to play extremely well to win. We’re not there yet. There are some other teams that can do that. We’re not. We’re not one of those teams. We are capable of getting there, but we have not gotten there and it’s my job to get us there. We can’t turn it over three times and win ball games most of the time."

Inside The Bills | Frustration vs. Pats reaches boiling point
"Definitely frustrating losing to a team we feel like we can beat," said Nick Barnett. "They’re a good team give them all the credit they make the plays and Brady is a heck of a quarterback, but we know we can beat them and we feel like we can. We’ve done it before and came very close today and should’ve had it. It’s definitely frustrating."

Inside The Bills | Bills offense super productive vs. Pats
"The Bills outperformed the Patriots in just about every offensive category Sunday, but it wasn’t enough in a crushing six-point loss. Here’s the rundown."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Defense Fails Yet Again
"The Bills did not give up a 100 yard rusher. Actually they did but Stevan Ridley lost 2 yards on his final carry so he ended up with 98 yards for the game. The defense did not give up a 100 yard receiver and did a nice job on freakish tight end Rob Gronkowski. But the defense did not take the ball away at all. The closest they came were missed opportunities by Bryan Scott and Leodis Mckelvin on the same drive in the first quarter."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Patriots 37 - Bills 31
"It surely is a tough pill to swallow, but one the Bills will have to get over quickly. But before we do that, let's rehash the positives and negatives of their latest 37-31 loss to the Patriots." And Joe B makes a pog reference.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: The Final Big Play Is Rarely There
"In the end two final throws to the end zone. One just misses Chandler and the other is right to the opponent. In the end, the guy anointed the franchise quarterback got them down the field, but couldn’t come through in crunch time to win the game. He rarely does and that’s a big reason, not the only reason, but a big reason why this team is 3-6 and 13-28 under Chan Gailey."

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 37, Bills 31 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Penalty-filled performance for Bills. The Bills were flagged for 10 accepted penalties in the first half for 119 yards. They appeared to have a legitimate complaint with one of them -- a pass-interference call in the end zone in the second quarter that set up a touchdown for the Patriots to go up 24-10 -- but overall they were uncharacteristically sloppy as the Patriots opened up an early lead."

Bills vs. Patriots game recap: Late pick seals win for New England -
"A last-minute interception secured a 37-31 win for the Patriots over the Bills."

Patriots vs. Bills: What We Learned From New England's 37-31 Victory Against Buffalo - Pats Pulpit
"Week 10's battle certainly wasn't pretty, but the Patriots were able to escape with a win against the Buffalo Bills. Let's take a look at what we learned from New England's 37-31 victor over Buffalo."

Bills come up short in Foxborough shootout - The Buffalo News
T.J. Graham takes blame for the interception in this postgame recap from TBN.

Big day by Fitz has all-too-familiar ending - The Buffalo News
"In the end, the game was in Fitzpatrick's hands and he threw the interception, which most seasoned and skeptical Bills fans were secretly fearing - and expecting. Once again, he lived down to his reputation. Good guy, good leader, but just good enough to get you beat."

Running backs take advantage of their opportunities - The Buffalo News
Behind a big big day for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller (34 touches for 246 yards), the team set the franchise record for first downs in a game (35).

Quarterly Report - The Buffalo News
"'The Bills outgained the Pats, 229-153, the first 30 minutes. But the Bills made one turnover and the Pats made none. And the Bills had 10 penalties for 119 yards in the first half, while the Pats made two for 30."

Penalties and turnovers tough to overcome - The Buffalo News
You can't beat the Patriots with that many penalties - though they came pretty close.

Buffalo Bills defeated by New England Patriots - Democrat and Chronicle
"Fitzpatrick failed at the absolute worst moment, which he has been known to do."

Maiorana's Musings - Democrat and Chronicle
"Use whatever adjective you want, it was a loss, the sixth in nine games this season. Let the draft talk begin." Never change, Sal.

Sal's Six Points - The Answers - Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana answered the questions he posed before the game.

Report card - Democrat and Chronicle
"Wannstedt is doing a legendarily poor job of adjusting to what the other team is doing, and his guys do a lot of stupid things."

Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick calls Patriots’ Brandon Spikes a ‘punk’ - Patriots -
Center Eric Wood called Spikes a "headhunter," and added, "I guess he was trying to take Fitz out of the game."

Bills' Easley Continues To Show Amazing Patience - Hartford Curant
"All afternoon he watched on the sidelines, helmet on, dressed in No. 81 with nowhere to go. He stretched as the Bills amassed an ungodly 148 yards in penalties, the most since they joined the NFL in the merger with the AFL. He applauded as the Bills amassed a team-record 35 first downs. He even stepped onto the field to give Jones a big hug after his 2-yard touchdown reception cut the Patriots' lead to three with 7:47 to go."