“You just have to go out there and do your job, and for us to run the ball like we did was incredible.”
Fans of high-flying passing football would have found the lack of an air game drab, but the focus on running the ball was a throwback to the league’s early days.
Jones’ first pass of the game, a 12-yard completion caught brilliantly by Jonnu Smith, wasn’t thrown until 1:22 was left on the clock in the first quarter. The Patriots QB didn’t throw his second until there was just 6:51 in die spel oorbly.
That second pass was incomplete
, but Jones threw
— and completed
— his third and final pass on the very next play to rack up his final statline of 2-of-3 passing for
19 yards and a passing rating of
84.0. Volgens die NFL
, it was the fewest passes made by a winning team in the last
Jones’ high number of handoffs — 46 om presies te wees — drew comedic analysis from the Manning brothers, Eli and Peyton, on the Monday Night Football broadcast. “Do you think he is enjoying playing this game?” Eli asked.
When asked what Jones and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were taking about, Peyton replied: “Niks nie.”
“You see this, nice handoff here, Mac [McDaniels]. Nice job on the quarterback sneak. Nice — leg drive,” Peyton added.
Long run saves the game
While the ball didn’t see much air time and the game was more of a grinding affair, one New England player made sure there was a highlight on the frigid night in Buffalo.
Met 5:18 in die eerste kwartaal verlaat, Pats running back Damien Harris scored on a career-long 64-yard touchdown, eclipsing his previous personal best of 41 yards set last year at Kansas City against the Chiefs. It was also the Patriots’ longest run since Curtis Martins’ 70-yard rush against the Chicago Bears in 1997.
Harris finished the game with 111 yards on the night but left the game because of a hamstring injury.
The win improves the Patriots’ road record to a perfect 6-0 and moves Bill Belichick’s side to 9-4 on the season, while the Bills, widely considered a Super Bowl contender in the preseason, fall to 7-5.
“What a memorable game that will be for me in my career,” Patriots center David Andrews said, as reported by ESPN.
“Een, it’s a win. Twee, I don’t know if I’ve ever played in a game where we’ve thrown the ball three times — and I’ve been playing football since I was six years old, so that’s 23 jare.”