Three weeks after their first matchup of the season, the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills met again: the Patriots hosted their AFC East rivals at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, in a game with massive implications for both clubs.
New England entered the contest with a 9-5 record and as the frontrunner in the division. A win over the Bills — thus completing the season sweep — would have all but guarantee the team’s return to the AFC East throne after a one-year absence. It also would have helped the Patriots stay very much alive in the race for the No. 1 playoff seed in the conference.
However, they were unable to deliver. Playing some inconsistent football in all three phases yet again, the Patriots were beaten with a final score of 33-21. Now at 9-6 they are looking up in the AFC East, and will have to fight for their playoff lives over the final two weeks of the season.
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