ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Ryan Fitzpatrick and the new-look, resilient, win-in-the-clutch Buffalo Bills are showing they’re for real after producing their second consecutive stunning comeback victory – this time against their AFC East nemesis, the New England Patriots.
Rian Lindell hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to cap a 34-31 win over the Patriots in which the Bills overcame a 21-0 second-quarter deficit and snapped a 15-game losing streak against New England.
It was a win for the new generation of Bills, who don’t know any better. And the victory was particularly cherished by senior members such as linebacker Chris Kelsay, one of four Buffalo players still on hand since the team’s last victory over New England, in the 2003 season opener.
“It’s the biggest win of my career. I can’t think of any bigger,” Kelsay said.
The Bills (3-0) won courtesy of yet another Fitzpatrick-led rally. It was reminiscent of what they did in a 38-35 win over Oakland a week earlier, when Buffalo scored touchdowns on its final five possessions to overcome a 21-3 deficit.
Fitzpatrick went 27 of 40 for 369 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson once again provided a spark with 72 yards rushing and a touchdown, and 87 yards receiving, including a 38-yard catch that set up Lindell’s decisive kick.
The Patriots (2-1) had a 10-game regular-season winning streak snapped. Aside from their 15-game win streak, third longest in NFL history for one franchise against another, the Pats had won 20 of the past 21 over the Bills.
NE—Welker 14 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick).
NE—Gronkowski 1 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick).
NE—Gronkowski 26 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick).
Buf—St.Johnson 11 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick).
Buf—FG Lindell 42.
Buf—Chandler 3 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick).
NE—FG Gostkowski 23.
Buf—Jackson 1 run (Lindell kick).
Buf—Florence 27 interception return (Lindell kick).
NE—Welker 6 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick).
Buf—FG Lindell 28, :00.
|Total Net Yards||495||448|
|Time of Possession||31:15||28:45|
RUSHING—New England, Ridley 7-44, Woodhead 6-21, Welker 1-19, Green-Ellis 9-16, Brady 1-5, Edelman 2-3. Buffalo, Jackson 12-74, B.Smith 2-6, Spiller 1-3, Jones 1-2, Fitzpatrick 4-(minus 6).
PASSING—New England, Brady 30-45-4-387. Buffalo, Fitzpatrick 27-40-2-369.
RECEIVING—New England, Welker 16-217, Gronkowski 7-109, Woodhead 3-20, Ochocinco 2-28, Ridley 1-8, Edelman 1-5. Buffalo, St.Johnson 8-94, Nelson 6-84, Jones 5-101, Jackson 5-87, Chandler 2-10, Spiller 1-(minus 7).