Tom Brady had a big day vs the Bills D, going 21 of 27 for 252 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of those scores went to Randy Moss as Brady bounced back from a so-so performance in a 28-14 loss to the Jets in which he fumbled on the Patriots last offensive play.
It was a nip and tuck affair for the most part, as the Bills played their best game of the season by far. They stayed close for most of the game only to be done in by fourth-quarter interceptions by Patrick Chung and Brandon Meriweather.
Brady has topped the Bills 14 straight times, not having lost to them since the opener of the 2003 season. New England tied Miami for the third longest winning streak against a single opponent. The Dolphins beat the Colts in 14 straight games from 1980-1987. The Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984.
Last week the Jets, the Pats were outscored 18-0 in the second half, continuing last year’s trend of struggling down the stretch. But on the first series of the third quarter Sunday, Brady hit Moss for a 35-yard touchdown as the Patriots went ahead 24-16.
They were able to stay ahead the rest of the way, putting the game away with the two late picks. “Two things helped us,” Wes Welker said. “We were more unpredictable on offense and we didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot.”
They will have to do that again next Monday, as they head to Florida to play the Dolphins on Monday night.