Bills close out with first win at Gillette over Patriots

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Final Score: **Bills 17 – Patriots 9

Location:  Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium

W-L records: Buffalo (9-7); New England (12-4)

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In a Nutshell:
**The Bills posted their first ever win at Gillette Stadium Sunday as they jumped out to a 14-3 first half lead and never trailed in a 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots. The win lifted Buffalo to their first winning season since 2004 when they also finished with a 9-7 record.

Robert Woods and Boobie Dixon were responsible for capping Buffalo's two touchdown drives in the first half with Kyle Orton connecting with Woods for a six-yard score.

Meanwhile Buffalo's defense held the Patriots without a touchdown in the game for the first time since Oct. 26, 2003 when New England won a 9-3 game against Cleveland. Tom Brady and rookie Jimmy Garappolo each played half of the game for New England at quarterback.

The Bills in defeating New England also finished the season with a winning record in the division for the first time since 2007 with a mark of 4-2.

How it went down:

--The Bills came out on offense and went right down the field on the opening drive going 80 yards on just six plays. Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for a 43-yard catch and run to set up 1st-and-goal at the 10. Two plays later Orton his Robert Woods in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown catch just three minutes into the opening quarter (7-0).

--A Brandon LaFell catch and run on a crossing route moved New England into Buffalo territory on a late first quarter drive. The Patriots had to settle for a field goal at the end of the drive as Stephen Gostkowski hit from 24 yards away to make it 7-3 with three minutes left in the first quarter.

--The Bills put together a second touchdown drive of 80 yards in the second quarter. Buffalo had a steady mix of pass and run on the possession with Boobie Dixon finishing it with a one-yard plunge for a 14-3 advantage with 10:38 left in the second quarter.

--A sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery by Jamie Collins on Kyle Orton gave the Patriots the ball in Buffalo territory midway through the second quarter. Again New England had to settle for three points with Gostkowski putting a 44-yard attempt up and through (14-6).

--Buffalo's special teams would answer thanks to a Marcus Thigpen kick return of 49 yards that set the offense up in New England territory. Even though the offense managed just 17 yards on the drive, Dan Carpenter capped it with a 48-yard field goal to move Buffalo's lead back to 11 just before the half (17-6).

--New England was able to make it a one score game with under a minute to play in the third quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Gostkowski (17-9).

--Only three points were scored between the two teams in the second half.

Stat lines

--Kyle Orton surpassed 3,000 passing yards in his 12 starts for the Bills this season. He finished the game 16-23 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 106.4.

--The Bills were 5-for-11 (45%) on third down conversions and 2-for-2 in the red zone Sunday.

--Mario Williams had a sack in the game to finish with a single-season career high 14.5.

--Buffalo had four sacks in Sunday's game to finish with 54 on the season, second-best in team history only to last year's total of 57.

Subplots:
--Dan Carpenter set a team record with his 48-yard field goal in the second quarter. It gave him 34 made field goals on the season eclipsing the mark he and Steve Christie shared of 33.

--Kraig Urbik and Cordy Glenn were both lost to injury in the game and did not return.

--Fred Jackson went over 1,000 all-purpose yards for the fifth straight season and became the 10th running back in team history to post 500-yards receiving in a season (501).

--The Patriots pulled Tom Brady from the lineup at halftime and inserted rookie Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback for the second half.

--Stephon Gilmore and Marcell Dareus were replaced in the starting defensive lineup by Ron Brooks and Jarius Wynn.

Inactives:
CB Stephon Gilmore, RB Bryce Brown, LB Randell Johnson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Deonte Thompson, TE Chris Gragg.

Up Next:
The Bills conclude their regular season in New England in a 1 pm kickoff against the Patriots this Sunday.

Game photos of the Week 17 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots

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