New England 49, Buffalo 21

Sunday, January 1, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, January 1, 2012
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
TEMPERATURE: 51°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Bill Leavy
ATTENDANCE: 68756

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo 21 0 0 0 21
New England 0 14 14 21 49

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 6-10 5-3 1-7 L1
New England 13-3 7-1 6-2 W8

Recap


Tom Brady became the second player in the last week to pass Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage mark, completing 23 of 35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns to lead the New England Patriots to a 49-21 win over the visiting Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The Patriots (13-3) stormed back from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit against the Bills and locked down the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Brady finished with 5,235 passing yards on the season, the second-highest total of all-time behind New Orleans’ Drew Brees, who wound up with 5,476.

Rob Gronkowski extended his single-season record for touchdown catches by a tight end to 17 with a pair of scores and BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for two touchdowns for New England.

Gronkowski also broke the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,327.

For the second week in a row, the Patriots found themselves down by at least three scores early in the game.

But Brady and the offense chipped away, driving 77 yards for a score on the first drive of the second quarter and pulling to within 21-14 at the half when Brady threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez.

Two third-quarter field goals and Brady’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski gave New England the lead.

With 3:07 left in the game, Brady found Gronkowski again for a 7-yard score, the 300th touchdown pass of his career.

New England’s defense picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick four times and avenged an early-season loss at Buffalo.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Buffalo   New England
C.J. Spiller Player Stevan Ridley
13 Attempts 15
60 Yards 81
4.6 Avg Yards 5.4
0 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 21
Receiving
Buffalo   New England
Derek Hagan Player Aaron Hernandez
7 Receptions 7
89 Yards 138
12.7 Avg Yards 19.7
0 Touchdowns 1
29 Long 44

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Buffalo 402 106 296 3 0 1 4.0 2
New England 480 138 342 6 2 4 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • New England will play their next game at home against Denver . The Patriots have a W/L % of .812 after a win and .812 after a loss.
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