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Buffalo Bills Suffer Tough Loss to New England Patriots

November 11th, 2012 at 4:16 PM
By Samuel Gerould

The Buffalo Bills found themselves in the loss column again after falling to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The Bills lost 37 to 31.

The Bills couldn’t get anything going offensively with their first drive. They took several penalties, which they couldn’t overcome, and were forced to punt.

The Patriots, meanwhile, worked their way down the field to score a field goal on their first drive. The Bills had two opportunities to intercept Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady, but they dropped the ball both times.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick then fumbled the ball to start the Bills’ second drive. The turnover gave the Patriots great field position at the Bills’ 18-yard line. On the Patriots next play, the Bills took a pass interference penalty which moved the ball to the one-yard line. The Bills then took another pass interference penalty, for which the Patriots made them pay by scoring a touchdown.

After another penalty could have stalled the Bills’ next drive near their end zone, running back Fred Jackson was able to run for a first down. A couple plays later, Fitzpatrick connected with wide receiver Donald Jones for a 22-yard pickup. Another penalty and a Fitzpatrick sacked forced the Bills to kick a field goal.

Danny Woodhead would score another Patriots’ touchdown on their ensuing drive. The touchdown made the score 17-3 Patriots.

The Bills’ running game responded in a big way, as running back Fred Jackson scored a touchdown 17 to 10.

The Patriots would score another touchdown towards the end of the first half to take a larger lead. But the Bills would respond, marching down to score a touchdown. Fitzpatrick found tight-end Scott Chandler in the end zone for a 3-yard reception.

The Bills were able to get pressure on Brady to start the second half. Kyle Williams, with the help of a couple other players, sacked the Patriots quarterback and forced the Patriots to punt.

After an unsuccessful drive by the Bills, the Patriots scored another touchdown. Brady connected with Woodhead for an 18-yard catch. The score put the Patriots up 31-to-17.

The Bills had a strong drive afterwards, moving the ball down the field. The drive was capped off with a Jackson touchdown.

The third quarter ended with the score 31-to-24 Patriots.

In the fourth quarter, the Patriots continued to add to the score with a 48-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal.

Thanks to a “roughing the passer” penalty against the Patriots and a strong run, the Bills found themselves with the ball and in good scoring position. However, Jackson fumbled the ball at the one-yard line and the Patriots recovered. The fumble ended a 93-yard drive by the Bills.

But the Bills defense held strong and forced the Patriots to go three-and-out. After that, the Bills scored another touchdown. Fitzpatrick found Jones in the end zone for the score.

With almost a minute-and-a-half left in the game, the Bills offense tried to win the game with a number of passing plays. Things got scary on the drive after Jackson fumbled the ball one yard short of the first down marker. However, the Bills were able to recover, but Jackson appeared to have suffered an injury.

With one minute left in the game, no time-outs and down by six points, the Bills continued to move down the field. Fitzpatrick, calling plays from the line scrimmage, hooked up with running back C.J. Spiller for a 14-yard run. Spiller stepped out-of-bounds to stop the clock.

However, Fitzpatrick was intercepted in the end-zone to end the game. With the loss, the Bills fall to 3-6.

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