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One Stat Recap: Defense leads Buffalo Bills to win over the New England Patriots

The best holiday-time performance by a Bernard since Tim Allen’s go-to elf

New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills Photo by Lauren Leigh Bacho/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills live to fight another day after their closer-than-it-should-have-been win at home over the New England Patriots. The defense was, far and away, the primary reason as they took the ball away from the Pats four times — all of which came in the first quarter.

Cornerback Rasul Douglas had the best day on the defense with two interceptions. He took one of those interceptions all the way to the end zone for what would end up being the difference in the end. However, linebacker Terrel Bernard will get the shoutout this week for not only what he did against the Patriots, but how he’s played all season.

Bernard tallied two sacks against New England, which takes his season total to 6.5 sacks. According to the Buffalo Bills’ PR team, Bernard is now the first player since 1991 and only the fourth player since 1982 to record six or more sacks, three or more interceptions, and three or more fumbles in a season. And he did it in the same number of games (16) the NFL had from 1978 to 2021. Bernard has played incredible this season, especially when you consider that his running mate, linebacker Matt Milano, has been out since Week 5.