Patriots Torch Bills, Record Book
The Buffalo Bills came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the league. And the Patriots burned them all night.
The outcome was academic right about the time Randall Gay intercepted J.P. Losman about 2 minutes into the game. All that was left was the final score and the slaughtering of records.
It's almost too much to swallow. Franchise records fell like the New England autumn leaves:
- Brady breaks Steve Grogan's career franchise passing record of 182. Brady has 185 (in 106 games)
- Brady extends franchise single-season touchdown record to 38 (Parilli, 31)
- Moss broke the franchise single-season touchdown reception record. Stanley Morgan had 12 in 1979. Moss has 16. Moss's career best is 17 (1998 and 2003)
- Moss sets franchise mark for touchdown receptions in a game with 4. Ben Coates had 3 in 1995.
- The Patriots tied a franchise record with 56 points in the game
This was no contest at all. Buffalo had no answer on either side of the ball. Neither did their special teams, which is one of the better (and probably least injury-impacted) unit on the team. The Bills had no punt returns -- the Patriots only punt left the end zone -- and of the nine kickoff returns, the long return was 29 yards. Not even Brian Moorman could save them.
New England scored 35 in the first half and 14 more by the 5th second of the final quarter. Then they laid back. Running up the score? Imagine if they had played 60 minutes. Imagine if the two leading rushers weren't Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel.
Speaking of running backs, Laurence Maroney scored his first rushing touchdown of the season. Maroney is the 19th Patriot to score a touchdown this season. That's more than one-third of a full roster (granted, Morris, who has scored, is on IR now). The NFL record for most players scoring a touchdown in a single season is 21 (Broncos, 2000; Rams, 1987).
The stat sheet is nothing short of awesome.
- First downs: Patriots 30, Bills 14
- Third downs: Patriots 8 of 11, Bills 4 of 10
- Fourth downs: Patriots 2 of 2, Bills 0 of 0
- Net yards: Patriots 510, Bills 229
- Total offensive plays: Patriots 70, Bills 49
- Average gain per play: Patriots 7.3, Bills 4.7
- Red-zone efficiency: Patriots 6 of 6, Bills 0 of 0
- Time of possession: Patriots 34:54, Bills 25:06
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