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Bills Shell Shocked by Patriots 45 Points in the Second Half in 52-28 Loss

Like a hurricane you never saw coming, the Patriots offense Sunday woke up out of a deep sleep, and there was nothing that the Bills could do about it.

The result – a 52-28 beating that cements again just who is the top team to beat in the AFC East.

The Bills lead the game by 14 in the third quarter, but the Pats produced touchdowns on six of its final seven possessions to stun a Buffalo team that has lost 22 of the last 24 meetings in the series.

New England QB Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and was backed by a potent ground attack as the Pats did anything they wanted in the second half to take home the win.

“Down 21-7 and on the road, backs against the wall, and I thought we showed a lot of heart,” Brady said. ”That’s what this team is made of. And we’re going to battle until the end, I know that.”

Brady finished 22 of 36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns, plus one rushing. The 580 yards was the fourth-most in team history.

New England rookie free agent Brandon Bolden and second-year running back Stevan Ridley carved up the Bills’ defense, as Bolden had 137 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and Ridley rushed 22 times for 106 yards with a pair of scores.

Ryan Fitzpatrick registered 350 yards and four touchdown passes for Buffalo (2-2), but he was also picked off four times.

“Obviously, (the loss) showed us that we’re not there yet,” Fitzpatrick said. “To have that type of lead, we’ve got to be able to just continue to put the pressure on them.”

Bills running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were limited to 33 and 29 yards, respectively, by New England’s defense. Spiller suited up despite injuring his shoulder last week, while Jackson had missed the previous two games with a knee injury.

Things looked good for the Bills as they built a 21-7 lead in the third quarter, but by the time the quarter ended, Brady rallied the Pats for two scores to tie the game at 21.

The fourth quarter saw the Pats put on an offensive clinic, as they scored 31 points, four touchdowns and a field goal to put up the 52 points vs the Bills.

New England scored four rushing touchdowns, tying a franchise record, and Bolden and Ridley became the first Patriots to each rush for at least 100 yards in the same game since Dec. 19th, 1982 at Seattle.

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  1. Dustin

    October 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The Bills had a classic streakiness! They will get up by a few TD’s, then squat and watch the rest of the game. It starts with Fitzy. The guy needs to see himself as a winner and playoff contender. His self image needs to be improved:

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