Looking at the NFL standings, I'm beginning to think there may be something to this whole 'end of the world' thing that's supposed to happen in 2012. The Oakland Raiders are 2-1, the Detroit Lions are 3-0, the Cleveland Browns are 2-1 and the most unlikeliest of all is that the Buffalo Bills are 3-0 after coming out on the upper end of a wild 34-31 game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
That's right, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills took it to the New England Patriots to remain undefeated and atop the AFC East. Although with the final score 34-31, the use of the term 'took it' may seem out of place, but it really isn't.
New England jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and looked like they were in complete control before the Bills finally woke up and shredded the Pats defense for the final three quarters.
The decisive stretch for the Bills came in the fourth quarter where they sealed the game by outscoring the Pats 17-7, thanks mainly to an uncharacteristic display of poor marksmanship by New England great Tom Brady. Brady tossed four interceptions the Bills way and they proved the difference in Buffalo snapping a 15 game losing streak to the Patriots that stretched all the way back to 2003.
“They’re a good coverage team, and they made some good plays in the passing game,” said Brady, who went 30 of 45 for 386 yards and four scores. “They took advantage of some opportunities that they got. We fought to the end, but it just wasn’t enough.”
The loss and the uncharacteristic game from Brady overshadowed a record day by New England receiver Wes Welker. Welker, Brady's go to guy, had 16 catches for a franchise-record 217 yards and two scores in the losing effort. The only thing that mattered to him, though, was the last part of that sentence, the losing of the game.
“Pretty much it detracts everything,” Welker said. “We lost the game. What should be a fun day of breaking records and doing all those things, it’s totally the opposite.”
This win marks the second straight game that the Bills have overcome deficits of 18 point or more. Dating to 1950, Buffalo is the only team to have ever done that, according to STATS LLC. In fact, only six teams have won twice in one season when trailing by 18 or more points.
For the sake of the health of Bills fans across the globe, let's hope that they can get it started a little earlier when they face the Cincinnati Bengals next week.
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