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Bills-Pats 2011 was about big point swings

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2012 – 8:00 am

Everyone in Buffalo remembers the Bills’ big Week 3 victory over New England to end the Patriots’ 15-game winning streak in the series. Most remember the Patriots returning the favor in the season finale as they overcame a 21-point deficit themselves to win going away. One thing that stuck out were the huge point swings in both games last season.

In the first meeting between the Bills and Pats, New England ran out to a 21-0 lead. Buffalo then scored 17 straight to close to within four. Then the two teams answered scores back and forth over the final quarter and a half with a TD by the Pats followed by 14 straight by the Bills, then a Pats TD to tie followed by the game winning FG.

In the second matchup at the end of the season the Bills came out of the chute posting the first 21 points of the game. That was followed by 49 straight points from the Patriots in a game that completely flipped.

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick still isn’t sure what to make of last year’s large point swings.

“I don’t know if you could pin it on one thing, but it was very interesting the run of points both ways,” said Fitzpatrick. “I don’t know what to tell you, other than , for us, looking at this game—we can’t start slow like we did last year. For us, looking at the final game last year, we came out and we played well at the beginning, but we have to be consistent the whole game. I guess those are the lessons that we can draw on from last year.”


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