ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - It may be a new era, but it's a familiar result for the Bills. New England's Stephen Gostkowski hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal with five seconds left in the game, handing the Patriots a 23-21 victory over Buffalo.
Bills quarterback EJ Manuel had a solid NFL debut, completing 18-of-27 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, but mistakes would prevent Manuel from picking up his first win.
Buffalo finished with ten penalties for 75 yards - several of those, negating key plays.
"I think it’s hard to overcome especially when offensively you have a young quarterback and you’re a young team," said Head Coach Doug Marrone. "It’s not acceptable."
The Bills also turned the ball over twice inside their own territory, leading directly to a pair of New England touchdowns.
Tom Brady finished 29 of 52 for 288 yards and two touchdowns, keying the game-winning drive with a pair of third-down conversations to receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola hauled in ten passes for 104 yards in his Patriots debut.
The Bills have now lost 19 of the last 20 against the Patriots. They will host Carolina next week.
The Bills players know they had a chance to win their opener, and despite playing well they are feeling the sting of the loss.
Bills Center Eric Wood said, “We did some good things and we'll see that on film, but at this point there's nothing that's going to make you feel good about that one.”
Bills Running Back Fred Jackson said, “There's some satisfaction there, but the number one goal whenever you step on that field is to win the football game, so, we got to fix whatever mistakes we made and continue to try to get better.”
Bills Quarterback EJ Manuel said, “Biggest thing is you just want to lead the offense, you want to get guys in the right position, move the ball down the field, not have three and outs or anything like that. So overall, for the first game I thought it was pretty good, but we gotta win at the end of the day.”
Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone said, “I think that when you talk about testing, processing what you're doing when you're developing quarterbacks. I think that when he was out there it didn't seem any different than what's been going on, so that's encouraging and we'll keep working with him and he'll continue to get better.”
Multiple passengers on a NFTA Metro bus were taken off in stretchers after the bus collided with a car at Bailey and Wecker in Buffalo.
CSX is working to get train cars back on the track after they flipped over Tuesday morning.
State Police say a Buffalo man had a BAC four times the legal limit when he was stopped in the Town of Alden for having a headlight out.
Cold and breezy with snow increasing in coverage into the overnight hours.
A woman told officers she thought she hit a curb, not a car. She failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.
A woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly tried to bite her neighbor during an argument over offense odors.