FOOTBALLGATE: Patriots Win By Being Better At Football Than The Bills Are
September 20 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
In a scandal-free game at home with fully functioning headsets and properly inflated balls, the Cinderella team of Week 1 were beat yet again by the New England Patriots.
Yes, unfortunately for sports media, Patriots haters and conspiracy theorists everywhere, the Bills got their asses kicked fair and square for most of the afternoon by the same team that has delivered so many of their previous ass-kickings. Armed with the wise-cracking Rex Ryan and home field advantage, and coming in hot and confident after beating the Colts in their first game of the season, the Bills and their fans fully believed that they could beat the Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time since Week 3 in 2011 and just the third time in the Brady-Belichick era.
It turns out it takes a little bit more than one decent win and a whole boatload of premature swagger to take down the defending Super Bowl Champions. That doesn't mean the Bills went down without a fight though. Sexy Rexy always gets his guys to fight until the end, which definitely made for a much more exciting football game; if only the final ten minutes.
Leading by 24 points heading into the 4th quarter, the Patriots looked like they had the game locked up. They started to get a little too comfortable though, as they started to sit back, relax and a look content to let the Bills score a few garbage points. That turned out to be a mistake as a fumble by Tom Brady on a sack quickly turned into a Buffalo touchdown that closed the Pats once giant lead to just 37-32.
Of course as admirable as the Bills comeback attempt was, it was too little too late. Brady and the Patriots offense got the ball back and promptly returned to doing their job, erasing 3:01 from the clock with a 7 play, 72 yard drive that culminated in a Stephen Gostkowski 25-yard field goal to put the Pats up 40-32, where they would remain.
Part of that drive was this spectacular diving catch from Danny Amendola, which really sealed the deal for the Patriots by securing them comfortable field position to start handing the ball off to the running backs.
Yeah, there isn't much you can do against that. It's just one of those receptions that was meant to be.
The Patriots may have had a hard gut check after the Bills reminded them to never take a lead for granted, but in the end, the better team won; and it was never really as close of a game as the 4th quarter made it seem.
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