New England 23, Buffalo 21

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 8, 2013
Location - New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York
Temperature - 65°
Head Official - Walt Anderson
Attendance - 65519

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New England 10 7 0 6 23
Buffalo 0 14 7 0 21

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New England 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1
Buffalo 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1


Patriots 23, Bills 21:
Stephen Gostkowski booted a 35-yard field goal with five seconds left and Tom Brady passed for a pair of touchdowns as visiting New England edged Buffalo.

Brady went 29-of-52 for 288 yards and threw both of his scoring passes to Julian Edelman, who had seven catches for 79 yards. Shane Vereen rushed for 101 yards and added 58 receiving yards for the Patriots (1-0), who improved to 19-1 in their last 20 meetings with the Bills.

EJ Maunel completed 18-of-27 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut for Buffalo (0-1), who gave themselves a chance by forcing three turnovers.

New England jumped out to an early lead when Brady hit Edelman in the back of the end zone with a 9-yard scoring strike 4:14 into the contest. The Bills closed within 10-7 off a turnover with 8:25 left in the half after Da’Norris Searcy picked up a fumble and ran it back 74 yards for a score.

Buffalo took advantage of another turnover to close to within 17-14 at the half and went to a full no-huddle look out of the locker room, marching 80 yards in less than four minutes and taking their first lead of the day on Manuel’s 18-yard pass to Stevie Johnson. The Patriots missed out on a scoring opportunity when Brady fumbled at the goal line later in the third and settled for a field goal to close within 21-20 with 10:48 left in the fourth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) left the game in the second quarter but returned shortly after the half. He led the New England receiving corps with 10 catches for 104 yards. … Patriots RB Stevan Ridley started the game but was lifted after the fumble that led to Searcy’s score. … The teams combined for 28 of the 31 total points in the first half off turnovers.

Top Game Performances

New England   Buffalo
Shane Vereen Player Fred Jackson
14 Attempts 13
101 Yards 67
7.2 Avg Yards 5.2
0 Touchdowns 0
21 Long 13
New England   Buffalo
Danny Amendola Player Fred Jackson
10 Receptions 4
104 Yards 41
10.4 Avg Yards 10.2
0 Touchdowns 0
24 Long 14

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New England 446 158 288 2 3 0 0.0 2
Buffalo 286 136 150 3 0 1 3.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Carolina . The Bills have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • New England will play their next game at home against N.Y. Jets. The Patriots have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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