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Bills comeback falls short in loss to Pats


Location:Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY

Preseason records:Buffalo (1-1), New England (2-0)

In a Nutshell:The defending Super Bowl champions overcame an early 7-0 lead and looked like they were going to run away with their Week 2 showdown with the Bills. New England carried a 24-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Buffalo responded with three straight touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to make it a five-point game with four minutes left. The Patriots got a late field goal drive and their defense intercepted Tyrod Taylor a third time in the final minute to win 40-32.

Tom Brady was outstanding throwing for the most yards ever against the Bills with 466 yards on 38-59 passing. He also threw three touchdown passes.

The Patriots quickly erased their touchdown deficit putting together three consecutive touchdown drives to break the game open early in the second quarter. Buffalo struggled at that time with five straight three-and-out possessions after their opening scoring drive.

Tyrod Taylor had trouble finding open receivers in the passing game. He was under frequent duress in the pocket and was sacked eight times. Two of his three interceptions came on deflected passes.

Come the fourth quarter Taylor and company staged three straight touchdown drives to climb back into the game with touchdown passes to Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. He also ran for a seven-yard touchdown.

But New England came through with a late field goal drive with under two minutes to play, and on the ensuing possession Taylor was intercepted.


How it went down: **--The Bills got on the board first with an impressive opening drive that covered 80 yards on 10 plays. Karlos Williams capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes left in the opening quarter (7-0).

--New England tied the score on their second possession going 62 yards. Two receptions by Julian Edelman covered the last 16 yards of the drive including a nine-yard TD catch midway through the opening quarter (7-7).

--After a string of penalties by the Bills, Buffalo was forced to punt from the back of their own end zone. Danny Amendola returned the punt to the Bills' 27-yard line. Another Bills penalty gave the Patriots possession on the Buffalo 13. Two plays later Dion Lewis scored on a six-yard run to give New England their first lead of the game with under a minute to play in the opening quarter (14-7).

--An interception off a tipped pass by Malcolm Butler at the Bills' 30-yard line was quickly turned into points by New England's offense. Rob Gronkowski scored his 10th touchdown in eight games against the Bills with a two-yard TD catch to move the Patriots ahead by 14 early in the second quarter (21-7).

--Buffalo would cut into New England's lead when Tyrod Taylor hit Charles Clay with a nine-yard touchdown pass following a turnover on downs when the Bills defense forced an incomplete pass on 4th-and-1.

--New England would tack on a field goal drive before the half as Stephen Gostkowski would put a 46-yard attempt up and through with just over two minutes remaining to push their lead back to double digits (24-13).

--The Patriots would outscore the Bills 13-0 in the third quarter to push their lead to 37-13 thanks to a pair of field goals by Stephen Gostkowski and a 22-yard catch and run for a touchdown by Julian Edelman.

--Buffalo would finally break the Patriots scoring streak when Taylor hit Robert Woods for a 32-yard touchdown strike early in the fourth quarter, but their two-point conversion attempt failed (37-19).

--The Bills added another touchdown drive with just over five minutes remaining with Taylor running it in from seven yards out. Their ensuing two-point conversion was unsuccessful (37-25).

--Sammy Watkins pulled in a 24-yard touchdown with 4:16 left from Taylor to make it 37-32.

--Stephen Gostkowski put a 25-yard field goal through with just over a minute remaining for the game's final points (40-32).


Subplots: **Tyrod Taylor was 23-30 passing for 242 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He was also sacked eight times.

Aaron Williams left the game late in the third quarter with a neck injury. He was loaded into an ambulance on a backboard. No word yet on the nature of his condition.

Karlos Williams became the first rookie running back since Detroit's Jahvid Best in 2010 to score rushing touchdowns in his first two games with his two-yard TD run on the team's opening drive.

Tyrod Taylor had a pair of interceptions in the first half. One off a tipped pass intended for Charles Clay. The other an overthrow that was intended for Sammy Watkins at the end of the second quarter.

The Bills committed eight first half penalties for 74 yards. The yellow flags gave New England a decided advantage in field position and helped in giving the Patriots a two-touchdown lead in the first half. They finished with 14 penalties for a whopping 140 yards.

Sammy Watkins reached 1,000 career receiving yards. He accomplished the feat in 18 games and is tied as the third-fastest Bill to achieve the feat. Only Glen Bass and J.D. Hill did it in less time.

Inactives:QB EJ Manuel, LB Tony Steward, OL Gabe Ikard, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Chris Gragg, DT Andre Fluellen, DT Stefan Charles.

Up next:The Bills take on another divisional foe when they travel to Miami to square off against the Dolphins. Kickoff next Sunday is scheduled for 4:25 pm.

Photos of the action from Week 2's Bills vs. Patriots game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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