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New England Patriots links 12/26/17 - Patriots take care of Christmas Bills, 37-16

Daily news and links for 12/26/17

NFL: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Marquis Flowers sacks Tyrod Taylor
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  • Phil Perry offers five quick thoughts from Sunday's win: How replay was one of the keys for the Pats, defensive success in the red zone, and an another insanely acrobatic catch by Gronk.
  • Doug Kyed recaps New England's 37-16 Week 16 victory over the Buffalo Bills that was just about the most Patriots win you could possibly see.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots Recap: There’s no place like home for the holidays.
  • Dave Brown writes how the Pats catch a break when officials do their jobs correctly.
  • Tom E. Curran agrees the Bills have reason to complain, but not about pro-Patriots conspiracy.
  • Mark Farinella reminds everyone that it wasn't just the rules that doomed the Bills' quest to upset the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox thumbnails the 11 plays that defined Sunday's 37-16 win over the Bills at Gillette Stadium.
  • Adam Kurkjian focuses on three lingering issues from Pats-Bills that we’ll likely be talking about all week: 1. O-line should get some credit for keeping Tom Brady relatively clean.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how Dion Lewis continues to inspire his teammates with his play.
  • Mark Farinella highlights the play of Dion Lewis, who has gone from unknown quantity, to hard-luck story, to indispensable man in the space of three short years.
  • Tom E. Curran notices that Rob Gronkowski has never looked more fluid and athletic, and shares a few other thoughts as the Patriots moved closer to securing home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
  • Dan Ventura says the marriage between Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots has been one made in heaven.
  • Adam Kurkjian points out how Trey and Marquis Flowers teamed up to keep Tyrod Taylor from escaping the pocket and keeping LeSean McCoy from getting loose on the outside.
  • Phil Perry talks up the play of Marquis Flowers, who got his first official sack on Sunday (along with 1.5 more).
  • Jeff Howe reports the Patriots clinched a first-round bye and can lock up the number one seed with a win against the Jets this week.
  • Mike Reiss offers this week's snap-count analysis from Sunday, noting Marquis Flowers fit the Patriots' need for speed on defense.
  • Karen Guregian reminds the team there's one more game to go and they can't rest against the Jets.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Dion Lewis proves doubly dangerous.
  • Steve Buckley notes there was more of a post-game media hoard in front of Dion Lewis' locker than at Tom Brady's presser.
  • Ron Borges keenly remembers the Patriots getting the officiating shaft years ago, and sums up the underlying replay officiating philosophy: Winners get the calls.
  • Joshua Schrock reports the Bills' Jerry Hughes accuses the Patriots of paying officials.
  • The Herald staff posts the Patriots' seeding history since 2001.
  • NBC Sports Boston notes Jimmy Garoppolo helped the Patriots clinch a first-round bye after manhandling Jacksonville, which extinguished any chance the Jags had of finishing ahead of New England.
  • Mike Reiss revisits the factors surrounding the Jimmy Garoppolo trade.
  • NBC Sports Boston posts the clip of a new Nike Kyrie Irving commercial that features Gronk and Jayson Tatum.
  • Phil Perry offers his Patriots 2017 year in review: Does it get any better than 2017?



  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) Bills vs. Patriots: Missed opportunities cost Buffalo in loss (11 observations).
  • Nick Wojton (Batavia Daily News) 5 takeaways from the Bills loss to the Patriots.
  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) Bills gave it quite a fight for a while, but as usual the Patriots prevail.
  • Nick Wojton (Batavia Daily News) Patriots: “We obviously put a big emphasis when we play Tyrod on trying to keep him in the pocket”.
  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) The Patriots never need help from the officials to beat the Bills, but they got some.
  • Mike Rodak (ESPN) Controversial replay overturns apparent Kelvin Benjamin touchdown.
  • Jadon Ceravolo (BuffaloBills) Benjamin's beautiful TD overturned by controversial call.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) LeSean McCoy, other Bills sound off on officiating after loss to Patriots.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) What Bills' Sean McDermott said about Kelvin Benjamin's overturned touchdown.
  • Ryan Talbot (NewYorkUpstate) National media reacts to officials overturning Kelvin Benjamin's TD vs. Patriots.
  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) Bills playoff chances have diminished, and they have themselves to blame.
  • Chuck Pollock (Olean Times Herald) Bills still alive but now some help’s needed.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) Sean McDermott explains why he settled for a field goal late in Bills' loss to Patriots.
  • Ryan Talbot (NewYorkUpstate) Patriots pull away from Buffalo Bills: 4 reasons to be encouraged, 9 reasons to worry.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) Patriots' Rob Gronkowski still remembers the Buffalo Bills passing on him twice