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Patriots 52, Bills 28: New England Owns The Second Half In Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills lost several players and a 14-point third quarter lead in dropping a heinous 52-28 decision to the New England Patriots.

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

It was a tale of two halves in Orchard Park today as a promising first 30 minutes gave way to a devastating loss for the Buffalo Bills today.

Buffalo ended the first half up 14-7 on the New England Patriots after C.J. Spiller fumbled on the doorstep of the goal line with a minute left in the second quarter. The Bills scored on a Donald Jones long touchdown catch and run to push the lead to 21-7 before the wheels fell off.

After the Bills took the 14-point lead, the Patriots rattled off 35 straight points. Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady (on a running play), Danny Woodhead, and running back Steven Ridley and Brandon Bolden scored to push the Patriots deficit to a 42-21 lead.

While Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four interceptions to go with his four touchdowns, the biggest story is probably the injuries, which we'll learn more about postgame. Kraig Urbik, Cordy Glenn, Donald Jones, Jairus Byrd, and Marcell Dareus all suffered some level of injury during the game.

It's the first time since 2007 that the Bills have allowed more than 50 points and just the seventh time in team history. Three of those have come against the Patriots including the 56-10 beatdown five seasons ago.