Final, Patriots 38-30: The Patriots paid the Bills with straight cash, homey. Two of Tom Brady's three touchdown passes went to Randy Moss, and the Patriots won a shootout at Gillette Stadium to improve to 2-1. Stay with NESN.com for plenty of postgame coverage.
Fourth quarter, 2:58, Patriots 38-30: Speaking of not awesome, Ryan Fitzpatrick's comeback attempt lasted just one play, as he threw an interception to Brandon Meriweather at the New England 43.
Fourth quarter, 3:04, Patriots 38-30: Well, that wasn't exactly an awesome display of offense. The Patriots committed two 10-yard penalties, gave up a seven-yard sack and threw an incompletion before punting it away to the Bills.
Fourth quarter, 4:05, Patriots 38-30: The Bills got sneaky with an onside kick attempt, but BenJarvus Green-Ellis fell on the bouncing ball. New England takes over on the Buffalo 49.
Fourth quarter, 4:08, Patriots 38-30: Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Steve Johnson for a 37-yard touchdown down the right sideline. It was a beautiful pass to Johnson, who got through cornerback Devin McCourty and safety Patrick Chung. Johnson then got bagged for a 15-yard penalty for firing an air rifle. Somewhere, Chad Ochocinco weeps.
Fourth quarter, 8:19, Patriots 38-23: BenJarvus Green-Ellis capped off a ground-heavy drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. The Patriots ran the ball on 11 of their 13 plays on that drive, which is a good sign for a team that went away from the running game in the second half of last week's loss to the Jets.
Fourth quarter, 9:33, Patriots 31-23: Sebastian Vollmer is back on the sideline and has his helmet on. He is stretching himself out and about to head back in.
Fourth quarter, 12:50, Patriots 31-23: Sebastian Vollmer has a leg injury, and his return is questionable. He's been replaced at right tackle by Mark LeVoir, and Vollmer is nowhere to be found. This would be a huge blow to the Patriots' offensive line if it's anything serious.
Fourth quarter, 14:30, Patriots 31-23: Two quick items to get to here: First, Fred Taylor has a toe injury, and his return is questionable. Second, Sunday marked the first time all season the Bills have had a lead. OK, carry on.
Fourth quarter, 14:45, Patriots 31-23: Patrick Chung took advantage of a poor throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the second-year safety intercepted it in the end zone and returned it to the Pats' 25-yard line. Fitzpatrick's throw sailed over Roscoe Parrish, and Chung pulled it out of the air. He actually made a pretty nice return and cut across the field before getting cut down. Chung definitely had visions of Ed Reed dancing through his head.
End of third quarter, Patriots 31-23: The Bills have marched down the field on this series, and they've got a second-and-5 on the New England 20 coming up. It took 44 minutes, but Ryan Fitzpatrick finally targeted a receiver who was covered by Kyle Arrington, and it went for 13 yards to Lee Evans. Arrington has been targeted three consecutive plays.
Third quarter, 1:21, Patriots 31-23: Tom Brady and the offense executed a precise 13-play, 59-yard drive that was capped off with a five-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski on third-and-goal. Gronkowski then spiked the ball so hard it traveled nearly 20 yards into the second row of the crowd.
Third quarter, 8:42, Patriots 24-23: The Pats caught a break, as Rian Lindell pulled a 51-yard field goal that would have put Buffalo on top. New England takes over at its own 41.
Third quarter, 11:34, Patriots 24-23: That was a quick three-and-out from the New England offense, and the Bills take over at their own 29 after Zoltan Mesko's punt. By the way, Kyle Arrington has to be gassed. He's still getting all of his special teams reps and has played on all but (I think) four defensive plays.
Third quarter, 12:58, Patriots 24-23: So much for the good times at Gillette. C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to shock the crowd, which was enjoying another back-and-forth with Randy Moss on the video boards. And everyone who benched C.J. Spiller on their fantasy team this week (like me) sighs.
Third quarter, 13:11, Patriots 24-16: Sometimes, it's just not very fair. Tom Brady threw a pass off his back foot that traveled 35 yards over the middle of the field and landed softly in the hands of Randy Moss, who split three defensive backs and an official. That put Moss into fifth place on the all-time receiving list with 14.604 yards.
Third quarter, 14:54, Patriots 17-16: Brandon Tate returned the second-half kickoff to the Patriots' 26-yard line, and the division foes get back at it underneath some cloudy skies.
Halftime, Patriots 17-16: Stephen Gostkowski needed that one. After missing three of his first four field-goal attempts of the season, Gostkowski drilled a 43-yarder as time expired in the second quarter. Tom Brady connected with Brandon Tate for 29 yards and Aaron Hernandez for 13 yards to set up the momentum-seizing score.
Second quarter, 0:24, Bills 16-14: Rian Lindell banged home his third field goal of the game, and the BIlls have taken their third lead of the game. The Patriots have surrendered a field goal inside the two-minute warning in the second quarter of all three games this season.
Second quarter, 2:00, Patriots 14-13: In an attempt to update the Patriots' ever-changing defense, Kyle Arrington has remained in at right cornerback, and safety Jarrad Page is getting his first action alongside Patrick Chung. I believe this is the earliest defensive action Page has gotten this season.
Looking back at Buffalo's touchdown, it was tough to tell if Meriweather or Arrington should have been responsible for Spiller on the screen. It appeared to be Meriweather's responsibility, but that's something we'll need to clear up after the game.
Second quarter, 2:58, Patriots 14-13: The Jets cut this guy? OK, overreactions aside, Danny Woodhead scampered 22 yards for a touchdown to put the Patriots on top. That was Woodhead's first career touchdown, and it came equipped with a highlight-reel cutback.
Second quarter, 6:13, Bills 13-7: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a five-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Spiller on a bubble screen to the left side on third-and-goal, and the Bills capitalized off of Brandon Tate's fumble. Worth noting, Kyle Arrington replaced Darius Butler midway through the series and broke up a pass in the end zone that was intended for Lee Evans.
Second quarter, 7:10, Patriots 7-6: Darius Butler replaced Kyle Arrington, who was not thrown at in three series, and the Bills went straight at Butler. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Roscoe Parrish for a nine-yard pass on the Bills' second play of their possession. Two plays later, C.J. Spiller gained 19 yards after Butler missed a tackle in the offensive backfield.
Second quarter, 9:10, Patriots 7-6: Brandon Tate fumbled the ball away at the New England 37-yard line, and the Bills open their second consecutive series in Patriots territory.
Second quarter, 10:46, Patriots 7-6: Rian Lindell made his second 39-yard field goal of the game, but that was a show-stopping series for linebacker Jerod Mayo. Once the Bills entered the red zone, Mayo made two tackles and also recorded a sack on three plays to keep the Bills at bay.
Second quarter, 14:47, Patriots 7-3: Hmm, that was ugly. Tom Brady's third-down pass into triple coverage got knocked away, and Zoltan Mesko's punt took a really awkward bounce back to the New England 40. Buffalo has great field position.
End of first quarter, Patriots 7-3: New England's offense has sputtered on this series, which was set back by an Alge Crumpler holding penalty on the first play. The Patriots have a third-and-18 from their own 14 on the other side of the break.
First quarter, 1:35, Patriots 7-3: That was an ugly possession for the Bills, but they moved it to midfield after a Three Stooges type of play from the Patriots on a third-and-18. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Roscoe Parrish, who should have been taken down shy of the first-down marker, but Gary Guyton, Brandon Meriweather and Jonathan Wilhite all slammed into one another, allowing Parrish to pick up 20 yards. Either way, the Pats get the ball back at their own 23 after the punt.
First quarter, 5:09, Patriots 7-3: Two quick stats before the Bills open their second drive from their 27-yard line. First, Aaron Hernandez's 13-yard run was the longest run ever by a Patriots tight end, and Randy Moss became the second player in history to catch 150 touchdown passes (Jerry Rice has 197).
First quarter, 5:14, Patriots 7-3: The Patriots closed out a picture-perfect drive when Tom Brady hit Randy Moss for a seven-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone. After keeping the Bills honest with the running game, Brady went play-action to Fred Taylor to freeze up the linebackers, and Moss crept behind the defense to get himself open for an easy grab. It was also a big drive for Aaron Hernandez, who took an end-around for 13 yards and caught two passes for 39 yards.
First quarter, 9:43, Bills 3-0: Brandon Tate returned the kickoff 18 yards to the Pats' 25, and the Patriots have their first chance.
First quarter, 9:48, Bills 3-0: Rian Lindell kicked a 39-yard field goal to cap off a nice opening drive for Buffalo. The Bills' running game set the pace there, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick never threw at Kyle Arrington, who was lined up against receivers Lee Evans and Steve Johnson during the drive.
First quarter, 11:22, 0-0: The Bills have a first down at the New England 29 after Marshawn Lynch's 16-yard run to the left. Outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham got sucked it at the line, and Lynch was able to turn the corner to get the Bills into scoring position. Lynch and C.J. Spiller have picked up 29 easy rushing yards on this drive.
First quarter, 14:28, 0-0: Kyle Arrington earned the start at right cornerback in place of Darius Butler. Marshawn Lynch started the game with two runs for 13 yards, and the Bills have a first-and-10 at the Buffalo 33.
1:00 p.m.: The Bills called tails and won the toss, and they elected to receive the opening kickoff.
12:42 p.m.: Here's a closer breakdown of the Patriots' inactive list.
12:31 p.m.: Cornerbacks Darius Butler and Devin McCourty are working with the first-team defense in pregame warm-ups. Butler split first-team reps with Kyle Arrington this week, but it looks like Butler is in position to get the start against the Bills.
11:31 a.m.: Ouch, what a tease for Dane Fletcher, who was on the Patriots' inactive list. Offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, cornerback Terrence Wheatley, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, defensive tackle Kyle Love, offensive lineman Steve Maneri, offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka and wide receiver Taylor Price will not play. Running back Danny Woodhead and linebacker Shawn Crable will make their Patriots debuts, and linebacker Brandon Spikes will also play.
11:21 a.m.: Danny Woodhead has also been playing catch on the field with Brian Hoyer, so Woodhead will make his Patriots debut after getting signed eight days ago.
11:14 a.m.: Rookie linebacker Dane Fletcher, an undrafted free agent from Montana State, is jogging around the field, which likely means he'll make his NFL debut Sunday. Fletcher was a healthy scratch during the Patriots' first two games. This could potentially mean Brandon Spikes has not been cleared to play.
11:00 a.m.: A number of Bills have been working out on the field for a little while, but for the most part, the Patriots have yet to really emerge, which is typically the case. Punter Zoltan Mesko and kicker Stephen Gostkowski were mulling around for a little bit, but they've since departed.
10:10 a.m.: Patriots assistant strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash is monitoring linebacker Brandon Spikes as he stretches out his calf on the field. Spikes was added to the injury report Saturday and is listed as probable. Spikes isn't receiving the same close attention that most game-time decisions typically receive, which should be a good sign for the rookie.
8 a.m.: While the Patriots are expected to roll through the Bills on Sunday, the importance of this victory can't be understated. New England has a brutal schedule this season, with very few lay-ups, and the Pats have got to take advantage of the lesser teams when they've got that opportunity.
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