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New England Patriots links 12/22/19 - Ho! Ho! Ho! Patriots put bow on Bills, wrap up AFC East

Bonus Sunday links after a division-clinching win

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NFL: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Lawrence Guy wraps up Devin Singletary... Guy was a beast yesterday
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  • Mike Reiss recaps how Tom Brady and the offense came to life with a 4th-quarter comeback and the defense stiffened on a final drive, to help the Patriots defeat the resilient Bills 24-17.
  • Mike Petraglia writes that in a game that had lead changes and great plays, the Patriots stopped the Bills inside the 10 yard line in the final two minutes to beat Buffalo, 24-17, at a raucous Gillette Stadium to earn their 11th consecutive AFC East title.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) “The East is not enough” – Patriots hold off Bills 24-17.
  • Tom E. Curran says the Patriots found a way to get their offense moving and proved nobody circles the wagons quite like the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable offers ten quick thoughts from Pats-Bills: While the defense didn’t force any turnovers, the unit did a solid job against the Bills offense.
  • Evan Lazar gives us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Bills: Patriots rushing attack finding its groove.
  • Nick Goss’ Patriots vs. Bills Instant Overreactions: Pats’ offense shows genuine improvement in win.
  • Nick O’Malley with 10 quick takeaways from Saturday’s game at Gillette. 1. Patriots are kings of the AFC East once again - and can lock up a bye next week.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) A Christmas present for Division champions. ‘The Pats fans were nestled, all snug in their beds, while Super Bowl visions danced in their heads.’
  • Phil Perry picks Saturday’s Turning Point: Julian Edelman returns, immediately submits clutch moment.
  • Mike Petraglia believes Tom Brady proves he’s ready for another Super Bowl run in leading Patriots to this division-clinching victory.
  • Doug Kyed reports Tom Brady delivers a well-rounded performance - as a passer and even a blocker - to spark the offense vs. the Bills. Brady went 26-of-33 for 271 yards and a TD.
  • Dakota Randall says Tom Brady finally sounds encouraged by Patriots offense after the win vs. Bills.
  • Christopher Mason describes Tom Brady playing like a man with something to prove yesterday.
  • Dakota Randall notes Tom Brady downplays a ‘new’ elbow injury after the win.
  • Mark Daniels reports Matt LaCosse is happy to be healthy and finally getting into a rhythm; He hopes his first touchdown for the Patriots is just the start.
  • Zack Cox relays Elandon Roberts’ hilarious description of his fullback skills: “I run through a mother(expletive)’s face,” he said at his locker postgame. “Offense, defense, special teams — whatever you want. I think that’s why Bill (Belichick) likes me. Y’all should ask Bill.”
  • Zack Cox points out how Stephon Gilmore switched to free safety during the Bills’ final possession.
  • Matt Vautour lauds Nick Folk for making all four kicks including a 51-yard field goal. /Huge relief.
  • Nora Princiotti mentions how Lawrence Guy snuck into the media room before Bill Belichick’s post-game presser, and planted little elf figures on the podium and one on the chair facing the podium. It earned one of Belichick’s wry grins.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Hall of Famer Jackie Slater ‘amazed’ by son’s thriving career; NFL investigation picks up; Belichick’s feelings about Miami plucking players off their practice squad; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday news, AFC East notes: Keep “Wrighting” off Brady at your own peril.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: What win over Bills means for AFC playoff picture.
  • Andy Hart picks the thumbs up and thumbs down from Saturday’s win.
  • Tom E. Curran gives us the Best & Worst from Pats-Bills.
  • Doug Kyed picks the players who helped the most in the Pats’ division-clinching win.