Tom Brady is 11 of 17 for 114 yards and a touchdown while Stevan Ridley has rushed 10 times for 22 yards and a score. Danny Woodhead ripped off a 15-yard run for the Patriots. Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the Bills with 13 of 17 passing for 153 yards and a touchdown.
0:31 2d quarter: Patriots 24, Bills 17 -- Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with a wide open Scott Chandler as the Buffalo Bills closed the gap to seven points with less than a minute to go in the first half. The Bills drove 80 yards on 11 plays, with Fitzpatrick making key throws to Chandler and Donald Jones to get into the red zone. Patriots corner Alfonzo Dennard was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting Fitzpatrick as he was scrambling to the sideline.
3:54 2d quarter: Patriots 24, Bills 10 -- The Patriots benefited greatly from three more penalties by the Bills, including a dumbfounding pass interference call on a Tom Brady pass that sailed past the end zone. Two plays later, Brady hit a diving Rob Gronkowski for a 2-yard touchdown. The Bills’ three penalties cost them 67 yards. The pass interference, which was called on Stephon Gilmore who was guarding Brandon Lloyd, was for 37 yards.
6:03 2d quarter: Patriots 17, Bills 10 -- Bills running back Fred Jackson bounced off three Patriots defenders en route to a 14-yard touchdown run.
The Bills took only six plays to march 80 yards and make it a one score game. Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with tight end Scott Chandler on two passes for 23 and 17 yards while C.J. Spiller had three rushes for 26 yards.
9:09 2d quarter: Patriots 17, Bills 3 -- The Patriots are moving fast and their torrid pace is starting to affect the Bills defense. Danny Woodhead ripped off a 15-yard touchdown run practically untouched after the Bills were slow to set up on defense. The Patriots went 83 yards on eight plays in 2:58 seconds.
12:07 2d quarter: Patriots 10, Bills 3 -- Rob Ninkovich sacked QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, finishing him off after being hurried by Chandler Jones on third down, as the Patriots held the Bills to a 41-yard field goal by Ryan Lindell.
It was an 11-play, 57-yard drive by the Bills, their first sustained attack of the game.
A couple of defensive notes for the Patriots: It looks like rookie safety Tavon Wilson has fallen out of favor. Devin McCourty is at safety with Steve Gregory, with Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington at the cornerbacks. Marquice Cole is the third cornerback off the sidelines for nickel and dime packages. It’s looking harder and harder for Wilson to get on the field as Patriots become healthy.
Also, Jermaine Cunningham has found himself become a huge part of the rotation. He drew a holding penalty against the Bills in the red zone.
End of the 1st quarter: Patriots 10, Bills 0 -- The Bills have finally gotten over their penalty bug. They’ve put together their first potential scoring drive as Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed a 22-yard pass to Donald Jones and a 15-yarder to Fred Jackson.
Patriots DL Justin Francis has gotten his first significant play, getting a hit on Fitzpatrick. Also, Devin McCourty appears to be playing safety over rookie Tavon Wilson. Alfonzo Dennard has taken his snaps at cornerback.
3:54 1st quarter: Patriots 10, Bills 0 -- Two pass interference calls on the Bills’ George Wilson following the fumble recovery for the Patriots allowed Stevan Ridley to get two chances from the 1-yard line. He punched it in on the second try as the Patriots scored their first touchdown of the game. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe got in on his first play for the Patriots, playing in the goal line package.
5:24 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Bills 0 -- Vince Wilfork sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick, forcing the Bills quarterback to fumble. Jermaine Cunningham recovered as the Patriots took over on the Bills’ 13-yard line.
6:04 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Bills 0 -- Wes Welker dropped a potential touchdown and the Patriots ended up settling for a 43-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski to get on the board first.
It was a quick first drive for the Patriots, going 48 yards on 13 plays in 4:27. But the drive was marked by two drops, Welker’s and another by Deion Branch that could have been an interception had it not been dropped by the Bills’ Leodis McKelvin.
10:31 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Bills 0 -- The Bills start off by shooting themselves in the foot. A quick first down, followed up by getting to a 3rd-and-1 and then the wheels fell off. They committed three straight penalties to push them back to a 3rd-and-21. The Patriots’ first defensive series is a success, forcing the punt.Continued...