They face another tough task when the team, the quarterback, and the head coach that have given previous Bills’ coaches fits during the 17-year playoff drought comes to Western New York for a 1 p.m. showdown Sunday at New Era Field: the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (9-2).
With Tom Brady starting at quarterback, the Patriots have gone 26-3 under head coach Bill Belichick against the Bills. Brady is tied with Brett Favre for the most wins against one team (26) in the history of the league.
Not counting a 17-9 Bills’ win in the 2014 regular-season finale, when Brady only played the first half, Brady has won his last nine starts vs. Buffalo, tossing 23 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions.
Sunday will represent the 115th meeting all-time between former American Football League rivals. New England owns a 70-43-1 record all-time, including a 26-8 win as the Boston Patriots during the 1963 AFL playoffs, the only postseason meeting between these two teams.
Here’s how to watch the game game from home:
New England Patriots (9-2) at Buffalo Bills (6-5)
- Game Date/Time: Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. Eastern.
- Location: New Era Field, Orchard Park, N.Y.
- TV: CBS WIVB 4 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse, WBNG 12 in Binghamton, WENY 36 in Elmira (full broadcast map)
- Announcers: Play-by-play Jim Nantz, color analyst Tony Romo, sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
- Radio: WGR 550AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM, WROC 950 AM, and WHAM 1180 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKTW 99.5 FM/WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse) and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
- Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Mark Kelso in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
- Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
- Friday Injury Report: Limited participants: Buffalo: Charles Clay (knee), Patrick DiMarco (ankle), Jordan Matthews (knee), Connor McDermott (chest), Nick O’Leary (back), Eddie Yarbrough (chest). Did not practice: Seantrel Henderson (illness). Ruled out: Kelvin Benjamin (knee), Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle), John Miller (ankle), Mike Tolbert (hamstring). New England: Full participants: Danny Amendola (knee), Tom Brady (Achilles). Limited participants: David Andrews (illness), Marquis Flowers (knee), Trey Flowers (rib), Trevor Reilly (concussion), Eric Rowe (groin), Matthew Slater (hamstring), Kyle Van Noy (calf), LaAdrian Waddle (ankle). Ruled out: Marcus Cannon (ankle), Chris Hogan (shoulder).