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FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots put together a drive in the closing minutes of their season-opening game against the Bills that got them close enough for the winning field goal, but that drive was different than the one they needed Sunday to beat the Saints.
In Buffalo, Tom Brady had well over four minutes, three timeouts, and the two-minute warning to work with, meaning the team didn’t have to run the no-huddle. And with the Patriots trailing by 1 point, they only needed to get into field-goal range.
But against New Orleans, Brady got the ball with 73 seconds left, with no timeouts or two-minute warning, and the Patriots trailing by 4 – so they had to get into the end zone. And they had to go no-huddle.