The Patriots might not have been at their best, but it was enough to get a win over the Bills on Monday night. The 25-6 win sent New England to 6-2, while correspondingly dropping Buffalo to 2-6.
Here’s a look back at the game as it happened, including highlights:
Patriots 25, Bills 6 (5:54): The Bills took over on the ensuing kickoff at the 25-yard line, but a holding penalty on LeSean McCoy pushed Buffalo back to the 15. From there, Anderson orchestrated an initially impressive drive. He moved the ball from the Bills’ own 15-yard line deep into Patriots territory purely through the air.
On 2nd and 10 at the New England 25-yard line, it at first appeared Anderson had thrown a touchdown to Bills tight end Jason Croom. After a review, the play was revealed to be an incompletion. On 3rd and 15, Anderson was intercepted by Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who returned it 84 yards for a touchdown.
Patriots 18, Bills 6 (10:01): In a 10-play, 85-yard drive, the Patriots finally found the end zone in Buffalo. Brady found Edelman and White repeatedly, with runs from Patterson and a 22-yard catch by Chris Hogan to put the ball at the one-yard line. White finished it off, rushing in to add to New England’s lead. The one blemish was that a two-point conversion attempt failed.
Patriots 12, Bills 6 (2:06): The Patriots’ punt back to the Bills placed Buffalo at their own 20-yard line, but Kyle Van Noy’s strip sack of Anderson on the drive’s second play quickly returned possession back to New England. Brady immediately found Gronkowski on a tipped catch for 22 yards. Yet despite having 1st and goal at the seven-yard line, the Patriots couldn’t get into the end zone, and Gostkowski kicked a 25-yard field goal.