The big news at the start of the game was that running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller would both play in the game. It would give the Bills some much needed fire power.
The Bills offense started their first drive of the game with a strong, first down run by Jackson. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a nice run and was able to move the offense down the field. However, the Bills were forced to punt, with recently signed Shawn Powell getting his first regular season punt.
On the Patriots first drive, Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady was able to find Western New York native Rob Gronkowski for a long catch. This play eventually led to the Patriots scoring their first touchdown.
The Bills’ offense during the majority of the first half wasn’t able to create much. Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions, and the Patriots punter routinely left the Bills with poor position to start their drives.
But, thanks to a fumble by Gronkowski, the Bills were able to connect for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick hit tight end Scott Chandler to tie the game at seven with 10 minutes to play in the half.
After a missed field goal by the Patriots late in the half, the Bills offense started to kick it into gear. Fitzpatrick hooked up with Jackson for a large gain. This play led to another touchdown catch by Chandler.
The Bills defense, overall, had a strong first half, limiting the Patriots to a touchdown and sacking Brady with 3 minutes left in the half. The very next play, the Patriots fumbled the ball, leaving the Bills in excellent scoring position near the Patriots 20 yard line. However, after a couple of plays, C.J. Spiller fumbled the ball near the end zone. While the ball was recovered by the Patriots, the Patriots let clock expire to end the half.
To start the second half, the Patriots were unable to do much. Brady tried to hit Gronkowski near the end zone for a long reception, but Gronkowski dropped the pass after a hit by a Bills defender. The next play, on third down, Brady had a pass batted away.
The third quarter started out with both the Bills and Patriots trading touchdowns. Fitzpatrick hooked up with wide receiver Donald Jones to make the score 21-7. But, shortly after, the Patriots responded with a touchdown to bring the score to 21-14.
However, with four minutes left in the quarter, the Patriots tied the game 21-21 on a Brady rushing touchdown.
The third quarter ended on a negative note for the Bills. Rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn was injured during a play after several players fell on top of him.
Things started out badly for the Bills once the fourth quarter commenced. Brady completed a pass to Gronkowski for a touchdown to put the Patriots up 28-21. Things continued to go downhill after Jackson fumbled the ball after a hard hit by the Patriot’s defender. It was Buffalo’s fourth turnover of the game. The Patriots would later score a touchdown.
The Patriots scored another touchdown with a little more than 10 minutes left in the game.
The Bills, meanwhile, showed some life offensively late in the fourth quarter after Fitzpatrick hooked up with wide receiver Brad Smith for a touchdown. During the ensuing kick-off,the Bills attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Patriots. With four minutes left in the game, the Patriots scored again.
At the end of the game, the Patriots won 52-28.
The Bills also had several starters injured in the game. Those players were safety Jarius Byrd (hip), Chandler (head), Glenn (ankle), wide receiver Donald Jones (head) and guard Kraig Urbik (ankle). Their conditions were not immediately known.
Buffalo, 2-2, will play the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.
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