Patriots relied heavily on the ground game due to the wicked weather conditions that posed a problem for both teams. Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., saw high winds throughout the game along with some snow before kickoff and flurries toward the latter stages of the matchup.
幸いなことに, New England was able to break off some runs early.
Damien Harris ran for a 64-yard touchdown in the first quarter and New England went for two points to go up 8-0. Harris finished with 111 ヤード 10 carries but was forced to come out after suffering an apparent hamstring injury.
Jones two completions were for 19 yards and for Jonnu Smith and Brandon Bolden. He only had one pass in the first half. According to ESPN Stats & 情報, the Patriots were the first team since 1978 to attempt just one pass in the first half. StatMuse noted the Patriots were the first team since1974 to win a game with three or fewer pass attempts.
ジョシュ・アレン and the Bills couldn’t get one last chance of life on their final drive on 4th-and-14 and the Patriots stood tall to end all hope for Buffalo. Allen was 15-for-30 with 145 passing yards and a touchdown in the loss. He led the team in rushing with 39 yards on six carries.
He had one touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis in the first quarter but couldn’t get anything beyond that. Davis finished with two catches for 30 ヤード. Stefon Diggs led the Bills with four catches for 51 ヤード.
Buffalo couldn’t figure out the Patriots’ defense, which is one of the best in the league. Lawrence Guy recovered a Matt Breida fumble while Siran Neal recovered a N’Keal Harry fumble.
勝利で, New England goes ahead in the AFC with a 9-4 記録. Buffalo fell to 7-5.
The Patriots have a slight lead over the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs who are all 8-4 after Week 13. New England had the tiebreaker over those teams due to best winning percentage in conference games but now stand alone.
The Patriots have now won seven games in a row and it doesn’t appear that Bill Belichick and his new rookie prodigy are stopping any time soon.