–The Buffalo Bills’ record fell to 2-2 after being defeated by the New England Patriots 52-28 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd. Buffalo carried a 14-7 lead into halftime after TE Scott Chandler and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected for two scores in the first half. WR Donald Jones stretched that lead early in the third quarter by taking a Fitzpatrick pass 68 yards to the house to put the Bills up 21-7. From there it was all New England, with the Patriots defense forcing three Buffalo second half turnovers and QB Tom Brady leading the Patriots offense to 35 straight points to put the game out of the Bills reach. The Patriots rushing attack helped pave the way for Brady throughout the game, with RB Stevan Ridley and RB Brandon Bolden combining for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Fitzpatrick finished the day going 22-for-39 with 350 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. With his four scores, Fitzpatrick has tallied 12 touchdowns through the Bills’ first four games, eclipsing a franchise record set by QB Jim Kelly in 1991 of 11 touchdowns in the Bills first four games of a season. WR/QB Brad Smith was the recipient of Fitzpatrick’s fourth strike of the day, a 35 yard pass midway through the fourth quarter that ended the Patriots’ 35-point run. Defensively for Buffalo, S Jairus Byrd highlighted the effort by forcing a career high two fumbles in the first half and recovering one. LB Nick Barnett also tallied 15 total tackles for the Bills, tying his career high.
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THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
October 1, 1978 — BILLS SCORE 21 POINTS IN 7 MINUTES
The Bills scored 21 points in 7:03 in the second quarter and defeated Marv Levy’s Kansas City Chiefs, 28-13, at Rich Stadium.
NOTES AND NUMBERS FROM THE GAME
TE Scott Chandler
–Scored 2 TDs on receptions of 24 & 20 yds. in 2nd qtr. … 3rd multi-TD game of career (had 2 at K.C., 9/11/11 and 2 vs. Was. 10/30/11)
–2nd Bills TE with 3+ multi-TD games, joining Pete Metzelaars (3)
–Has rec. in 17 of last 18 games
–All 4 rec. today resulted in first downs … All 12 catches in 2012 have moved the chains … 37 of 51 career rec. (72.5%) have given Bills new set of downs
WR Donald Jones
–Scored on 68-yd. TD rec. in 3rd qtr. to give Bills 21-7 lead … reception was new career-long (old: 48 vs. N.E., 9/25/11) and was longest scoring rec. by Bill since club-record 98-yd. play from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Terrell Owens, 11/22/09 at Jax.
–TD was 4th of career and 2nd of season (had 6-yd. score in opener at N.Y.J.) … 2 in season is new personal season high (had 1 in 2010 & 2011)
–Has rec. in 19 of last 20 games (was held without rec. 11/20/11 at Mia., the game in which his 15-game streak was halted)
LB Bryan Scott
–Recorded fumble recovery in 2nd qtr. … has recorded takeaway in each of first four games this season (INTs at N.Y.J. 9/9 and at Cle. last week; fumble recovery vs. K.C. 9/16) … 2nd Bill since 1988 to have 4-game takeaway streak, joining Jairus Byrd (INTs in 5 straight games, in games 5-9, 2009)
–FR recovery was 9th of career (6th with Bills) … 2 FRs this season ties personal season high (also 2 in 2010)
–Scott’s teams are 6-3 (Bills are 3-3) with FR
–Career-high 14 total tackles today (old high: 10, done 6 previous times, last: 9/25/11 vs. N.E.)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
–Threw 4 TDs passes today (24 & 20 yds. to Scott Chandler, 68 yds. to Donald Jones, & 35 yds. to Brad Smith) … 19th multi-TD game in career, 4th in row (had 3 in season opener at N.Y.J. and 2 vs. K.C. 9/16, and 3 at Cle. last week) … 3rd time a Bills QB has opened season with 4 straight multi-TD games, joining Joe Ferguson in 1975 (first 4 games) and Jim Kelly in 1992 (first 4)
–Tied personal-best with 4 TD passes (4th time in career, previously 10/24/10 at Bal., 11/21/10 at Cin., and 9/11/11 at K.C.) … 24th time a Bills QB had 4+ TDs in game
–3rd QB in Bills history with 4 or more games with 4+ TDs (Jim Kelly-10, Joe Ferguson-5)
–12 TDs through first 4 games of season are new club-record (old mark: 11 by Jim Kelly in 1991)
FS Jairus Byrd
–Recorded two forced fumbles in 2nd qtr. … on first FF, off Rob Gronkowski rec., he also recovered ball and Bills scored TD on ensuing possession … 2nd FF came on Wes Welker rec. and was recovered by Bryan Scott, but Buffalo fumbled ball on the following drive
–2 FFs in game for 2nd time in career (also 12/12/10 vs. Cle.) … Now has 8 FF in career
–Fumble recovery was 4th of career, first since 10/9/11 vs. Phi.
–All 4 FRs have resulted in Bills points (2 TD, 2 FG)
–3 of 4 FRs have been recoveries of his own forces (others: on Rashard Mendenhall rush, vs. Pit., 11/28/10; on Jason Avant rec., vs. Phi., 10/9/11)
–Along with 14 career INTs, now has 18 takeaways in NFL career
P Shawn Powell
–Made NFL debut
–Became 17th player in club history to record punt
–Had 2 punts of 54 yds. today … 6th player with 50+ yd. kick in first game punting with Bills, joining Spike Jones (52 vs Mia., 9/26/71), Marv Bateman (63 at Mia., 11/17/74), Rusty Jackson (50 vs. Pit., 9/3/78), John Kidd (51 vs. N.E., 9/2/84), and Brian Moorman (51 vs N.O., 9/9/01)
–Had 2 punts give Patriots ball inside their own 20-yard line … is 3rd Bills punter to record an “in-the-20” kick in his debut with team … Marv Bateman had 3 in his Bills debut, 11/17/74 at Mia., and Paul Maguire had 1 vs. K.C., 9/13/64
QUOTES OF THE DAY
Head Coach Chan Gailey
The things we did to win Week Two and Three, we obviously did not do today. You cannot turn it over and you cannot stop the run, you are not going to win football games. That is our responsibility to get them to not turn it over and not give up the rush yards we gave up. Did not make a play in special teams today either.
On why they could not stop the run:
To be honest with you, they whipped us. Bottom line, they whipped us. They blocked us, we did not get off blocks and get to the ball. They blocked us and they were making our corners make a bunch of tackles. We missed entirely too many tackles.
On giving up 100 points in two division games:
How much of that is because of turnovers? It does not matter. We did it. I understand that. It looks like we are either feast or famine. We either play pretty good or we play really bad. We have to get out of that. Go make the next step to be a good football team. You cannot do that.
On if it feels daunting going up against the Patriots:
They are the defending (AFC) champs for a reason. They are good. They are. They are a good football team. They played well today. We did not measure up. Last two were bad, one before that was better. You try to learn from history. It is not a predictor of the future, but it is what it is. You learn from it and you try to get better from it. We were not good enough today.
On if he feels the team is embarrassed:
Yeah, I do. I am. I do not like to play like that. I do not think that is who we are, but that is who we were today. You cannot sugar coat it anyway, but we are 2-2. That is who we are today. We are 2-2. You kicked dirt on us almost after the first game, everybody was getting high after two and everybody will kick dirt on us after this week. That is just the way it is. I understand that. We have a tough road ahead of us. We understand that. Nobody understands that more than me.
They were able to split us with the inside guys I felt like. That is what I felt like. I will have to watch the film to get a real feel for that, but I thought we got off the downs a little bit quick. But I do not know that. That is what I felt like on the field.
On how things went along in deciding to play RB C.J. Spiller:
I do not make those decisions. You talk to the training staff about is he well enough to play and then you talk to the player. Does he want to play and is he well enough to play in his mind. If we have an opportunity to have a dynamic player on the field, you take the opportunity to do that.
On if he sensed the team panic when the Patriots started coming back:
No. I did not feel that. I thought there was a sense of ‘Hey, we need to go make something happen offensively.’ We gave up those points right before half that really hurt us, but I did not feel that. I did not feel that at all.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the Bills being up 14 and then the Patriots taking over the game from there:
Yeah, obviously it showed us that we are not there yet. I think if you look at turnovers obviously, we had the few late there that really made it lopsided. We turned the ball over a few times in the first half, our defense was able to come up with stops. They kept us in it in the first half. For us to come out and have that type of lead, we have to be able to just continue to put the pressure on them. And it was the other way around. They scored a few times and put the pressure on us. I think we were pressing a little bit. It just did not stop from there.
On continuing to struggle to beat the Patriots:
We beat them last year. We were up three touchdowns last year in the other game. We were up two touchdowns in the second half this game. That is the most frustrating thing, I think, is for some reason these games especially versus these guys when they start rolling unfortunately we have not had an answer. We have to figure out why. We have to try to put a stop to that, but we did not have an answer today.
On the run game not producing today:
You have to give credit to (the Patriots), they did a good job. They are physical up front. I think our guys, late in the game obviously had to get away from it, but they were doing a good job just being physical. We had a couple of guys go down up front. Fred (Jackson) and C.J. (Spiller) coming off injuries, I just do not know, it is obviously not an excuse but I do not know that the timing and what we had the last few weeks was there today.
On if the team is embarrassed by what happened today:
Yeah, that was really embarrassing. We have got a lot of pride in this locker room and right now we have our tails between our legs in terms of we got our butts kicked. Unfortunately, we have been in this situation before. Fortunately, we have responded to this situation. We look at the film, try to get better and move on, but it is just hard with this being the second division game that we have not come out and played well to say that again.
On why his passes have been being batted down:
I had the one today, 75 (Vince Wilfork) did not really rush, just stood there and deflected it. That was the first interception. I do not know. I do not know that it is happening more than normal or not. Those are obviously frustrating ones where there is not a whole lot you can do about it. You just chalk it up to a good play from the defender.
LB Nick Barnett
On how the Patriots got things going in the second half:
They made some plays and we didn’t make the plays that we should’ve made. We gave the ball up too much and didn’t get enough turnovers. We didn’t play well on the run, that was number one. It snowballed from there.
On how it feels to have a win so close and let it slip:
It’s definitely disappointing going out and being up in the first half, and then coming out and playing the way we played. We definitely got to come out and play a lot better than that. Like I said we can say all the cliché things we can say and you guys can write them and say them before I say them, but we’re definitely disappointed and we were just not even close to where we wanted to be in that game. I’m sure we’ll get better from that.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards on 22-of-39 attempts yesterday with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Fitzpatrick now has 12 passing touchdowns in the first four games of the season, the most in team history.
Bills TE Scott Chandler led the team in receiving yards yesterday with 62 yards on four receptions with two touchdowns.
Buffalo News-Bills are defenseless against Pats’ running game
Buffalo News-Jackson, Spiller stall in return to action
Buffalo News-Facing its first big test, the defense got destroyed
Buffalo News-Bullies from Foxborough kick sand in foes’ faces
Buffalo News-O-line loses two starters in beatdown
Buffalo News-Quarterly Report
Buffalo News-Report Card
Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills shredded by Patriots in second half
Rochester D&C-Patriots still light years ahead of Bills
Rochester D&C-Maiorana’s Musings
Rochester D&C-Sal’s Six Points – The Answers
Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills routed by New England Patriots
Associated Press-Brady leads Pats to 52-28 rout of Bills
Associated Press-Bills rookie OL Glenn leaves with ankle injury
Associated Press-Jackson back for Bills; Spiller also active
Dunkirk Observer-Second-half blues
Canandaigua Daily Messenger-New England runs over Buffalo – Week four Bills report card
Toronto Sun-Patriots blow away Bills
Toronto Sun-Did Bills’ Spiller return to soon?
Erie Times News-Bills buried by turnovers, Brady in meltdown
Erie Times News-Patriots shred Bills’ high-priced, low-performance D
Erie Times News-Jackson, Spiller make unimpressive returns for Bills
Boston Globe-C.J. Spiller takes blame for Bills’ loss to Patriots
Rome News Tribune-Powell punts five times in NFL debut
Sportsnet-Week 4 report card
Wellsville Daily Reporter-Patriots storm past Bills in 2nd half
Auburn Citizen-This was painful to watch
BuffaloBills.com-Run defense, turnovers kill Bills in loss to Pats
BuffaloBills.com-Chandler productive on disappointing day
BuffaloBills.com-Ryan Fitzpatrick: ”That was really embarrasing”
BuffaloBills.com-Fred Jackson: ”We’re not going in the tank”
BuffaloBills.com-Transcript: Bills head coach Chan Gailey
Bills Focus: No Carry Over From Tough Loss
Bills Roundup: Pats Run Away With 52-28 Win
Fred Jackson Postgame Press Conference
C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Bills Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Patriots vs. Bills highlights
Patriots vs. Bills Highlights
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones TD catch
WK 4 Can’t-Miss Play: Fred Jackson delivers
Scott Chandler 20-yard TD catch
WK 4 Can’t-Miss Play: Scott Chandler TD
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski fumbles
Inside The Bills
Pats up-tempo attack not unexpected, Stevie says he’s not “out of synch”, Powell gets plenty of work in debut, Bills defenders assess their run ‘D’, Jackson comes out of game okay, Consistency the missing piece, C.J. okay coming out of game, Byrd, Chandler, Jones also injured, Glenn, Urbik out “a while”, Thigpen’s duties vs. Pats, Gronkowski active, Spiller and Jackson both active, Report: Fred good to go, 4 Pats downgraded to out
Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Video: Skurski on Bills’ loss
Video: Gleason on the Pats’ win
Video: Graham and Mariacher on Bills’ loss
Video: Gaughan and Sully review Bills-Pats
Rob Gronkowski continues to own his hometown team
Updates on the Bills’ five injured starters
Video: Gailey – ‘Can’t sugarcoat’ loss to Pats
C.J. Spiller doesn’t regret playing, calls goal-line fumble ‘crucial’
Bills humiliated by Pats, allow 100 points in two division games
Game ball: Patriots 52, Bills 28
Points after: Patriots 52, Bills 28
Bills-Patriots inactives; Jackson, Spiller to play
Fred Jackson will play, C.J. Spiller still hopeful
A soggy good morning from Ralph Wilson Stadium
The Sports Network
New England 52, Buffalo 28
Immediate Reactions: New England 52, Buffalo 28
Three-Point Stance (Rochester D&C)
Patriots 52, Bills 28: Buffalo “Back To The Drawing Board” Defensively
Buffalo Bills’ Cordy Glenn, Kraig Urbik Out “A While”
Patriots 52, Bills 28: New England Owns The Second Half In Buffalo
Pro Football Weekly
Pats dominate second half, rally to beat Bills
AFC East Daily
Gameday Deciding Factors: Patriots at Bills
NFL Rapid Reports
Postgame analysis: Patriots 52, Bills 28
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