Last week the Patriots put themselves in a position where they had to rally back from a 17 point deficit to beat the Dolphins at home, they did exactly that. In this week’s matchup versus the Bills, they put themselves in that very same position, but only down more points.
21 points was the magic number this week as the Bills started off fast in the first quarter controlling the tempo of the game. The Bills were on offense for eleven minutes in the first quarter and the Patriots couldn’t do anything about it. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like the quarterback he was in the start of the season with a 102 quarterback rating as he hooked up with Stevie Johnson for an 18 yard touchdown and CJ Spiller with a 15 yard touchdown with ease. He also handed the ball off to Tashard Choice from four yards out to end an eighty yard drive which was the first score of the game. All three scoring drives were of 70 yards or more and the Patriots looked like they never got out of bed.
Right before you thought Fitzpatrick Flakes were going to hit the shelves again in your favorite grocery store, the Patriots realized they had a game to win. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez put on another show with a combined 246 yards receiving and three touchdown receptions. Wes Welker had six grabs for 51 yards and kept the chains moving for the Patriots but so did rookie running back Stevan Ridley who averaged 5.4 yards a carry on 15 rushing attempts for 81 yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis aka the Law Firm capped off two drives with two rushing touchdowns in the second half, he also had a 53 yard reception on the day. Heading into this game, the Patriots lead the league in yards after catch with 2,483, almost 200 more than the second-place Saints. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 2nd half performance was indicative of the Bill’s 2nd half performance of the regular season where they lost 7 straight games! The 21 points the Bills scored in the first quarter was all they scored for rest of the game! Fitzpatrick through four interceptions in the second half which led to their downfall in the game, two of those picks came from greedy rookie free safety Sterling Moore, where he just had to have more. The Bills blew another one and helped the Patriots get home field advantage throughout the playoffs which could in turn help bring them to Super Bowl XLVI. The Patriots have two weeks to rest up and prepare for the winner of the Bengals/Texans game which will be played in Reliant Stadium in this Saturday’s Wild Card Weekend.