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Final: Patriots 23, Bills 21

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 8, 2013 12:56 PM

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The Buffalo Bills had their moments to close the door on Tom Brady and the Patriots Sunday, with more than one opportunity to end New England’s nine-game season-opening win streak.

But rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel couldn’t move the offense when Buffalo needed it most, leaving Brady the one thing he needs: a chance. And Brady, as he’s done time and again, made the most of it, moving an otherwise shaky defense 49 yards in 12 plays, enough for Stephen Gostkowski to make a 35-yard field goal with just five seconds left in the game.

It gave New England the winning points for a 23-21 victory, the 10th consecutive season-opening win for the Patriots.

Read Shalise Manza Young's full game story here. Ben Volin's instant analysis is here.

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