Buffalo 34, New England 31

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 25, 2011
Location - Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
Temperature - 78°
Head Official - Carl Cheffers
Attendance - 68174

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New England 14 7 3 7 31
Buffalo 0 10 7 17 34

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New England 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1
Buffalo 0-0 0-0 0-0 W3


Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 40 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns and Rian Lindell kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired as the Buffalo Bills snapped a 15-game losing streak to New England with a 34-31 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.

Fred Jackson rushed for 74 yards and a score and the Bills intercepted Tom Brady four times – leading to 24 points – in overcoming a 21-0 first-half deficit.

Buffalo (3-0), which overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Oakland Raiders last week, battled all the way back to take the lead in the second half against New England before clinching the win on Lindell’s chip shot.

Brady’s four interceptions marked the most for the reigning MVP since November 2006 against the Indianapolis Colts. He threw four picks all of last season.

Wes Welker had 16 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (2-1).

Brady was on target early in the game, hitting Welker and Rob Gronkowski twice for touchdowns. Fitzpatrick was off target in the first half, throwing a pair of interceptions as New England jumped out to a big lead.

But Buffalo bounced back quickly, cutting it to 21-10 at the break. Brady’s second interception turned into seven points early in the third quarter when Fitzpatrick found tight end Scott Chandler for a 3-yard score.

The Bills tied it on Jackson’s 1-yard touchdown burst with 10:36 left in the game and took the lead 14 seconds later when Drayton Florence returned an interception 27 yards to make it 31-24.

Brady’s second touchdown pass to Welker evened it at 31-31 with 3:25 remaining, but the Bills used a key pass-interference penalty in the end zone to bleed the clock all the way down before the winning field goal.

Top Game Performances

New England   Buffalo
Stevan Ridley Player Fred Jackson
6 Attempts 12
42 Yards 74
7.0 Avg Yards 6.2
0 Touchdowns 1
8 Long 21
New England   Buffalo
Wes Welker Player Donald Jones
16 Receptions 5
217 Yards 101
13.6 Avg Yards 20.2
2 Touchdowns 0
33 Long 48

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New England 495 108 387 4 1 2 0.0 0
Buffalo 448 79 369 4 2 4 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Cincinnati. The Bills have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • New England will play their next game on the road against Oakland. The Patriots have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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