Dropped passes and turnovers doomed the Bills offense in a 24-12 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
Rookie Josh Allen, who missed the team’s first matchup against New England on Monday Night Football due to an elbow injury, went 20-for-41 for 217 yards with two interceptions.
He would connect with Zay Jones for a 31 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with 1:08 left in the game.
On the opposite side, Tom Brady improved to 30-3 all-time against, had finished with a pedestrian 126 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted twice before exiting late in the fourth quarter.
With the win, New England won their 10th straight AFC East title.
While Allen the offense struggled to get into a rhythm, the defense did it’s best to keep Buffalo in the game — with the exception of the rush D which was gashed for 273 yards.
Trailing 14-0 and with the Patriots driving midway the second quarter, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander picked off Brady giving the Bills an opportunity to score before the half.
Allen marched Buffalo down the field, but on 4th-and-3 his back shoulder heave to Robert Foster fell incomplete near the goal line, as the Bills ultimately trailed 14-0 at half.
The defense against came up huge to open the third this time with Jordan Poyer picking off Brady for a second time.
This time, the Bills cashed in courtesy of a 35-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka to pull within 14-3. He would add a 41-yarder later in the quarter to make it an eight point game.
After a Julian Edelman’s 32-yard touchdown to open up a 21-6 lead, Buffalo’s offense looked to answer.
In New England territory and with the ball at the 30 yard line, Allen connected with Jason Croom for a 24 yard gain. However, as the tight end continued to fight for extra yards he fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Patriots at the six yard line.
Buffalo will look to end the year on a high note when they wrap up the regular season against the Miami Dolphins.