Inside The Bills

Bills fortunes vs. Pats all about 4th quarter

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2013 – 3:00 pm

All too often the Bills have let potential victories against the Patriots slip through their fingers by getting outplayed in the fourth quarter. New England is again a strong fourth quarter club this season.

It’s common knowledge that the Patriots are a top-five scoring offense with 410 points on the season, 389 of which have been put up by the offense. However, it’s the fourth quarter where New England’s point production has truly shined.

While the point differential in the first three quarters of games with their opponents has been marginal, the Patriots have proven to be vastly superior come the fourth quarter.

In the final stanza of their games this season New England has outscored their opponents by a nearly 2:1 margin (160-86). Their point differential in the fourth quarter of games (74) accounts for 80 percent of their point differential on the season (92).

Not surprisingly, over the last 25 meetings the Patriots have outscored Buffalo in the final stanza of their games by a wide margin. In fact the Pats have outscored Buffalo in the fourth quarter of those 25 games since 2001 by almost a 2:1 ratio (214-106).

The only two times the Bills have posted victories in that stretch (2003 opener, 2011 Week 3) they won the fourth quarters (10-0, 17-7). Buffalo has to outscore New England in the fourth quarter if they want to have a chance of posting their first win at Gillette Stadium.


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