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NFL Game Summary - Buffalo at New England



(Sunday, December 29th)

Final Score: New England 34, Buffalo 20

Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - It appears LeGarrette Blount enjoys playing in the rain.

Blount rushed 24 times for a career-high 189 yards with two touchdowns and set up a pair of second-half scores with lengthy kickoff returns, leading the New England Patriots to a 34-20 win over the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season finale at a drenched Gillette Stadium.

Tom Brady had 122 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-24 passing in the steady rain and recorded his third career punt for New England (12-4). The AFC East champs secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. The Patriots will play their divisional postseason game on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Julian Edelman had 65 yards on nine receptions and joined Wes Welker and Troy Brown as the only Patriots to have 100 catches in a season.

"I think that we feel that we can win different ways," said Brady. "That was a great all-around performance, that's what we needed."

Thad Lewis, starting for injured Buffalo rookie EJ Manuel (knee), was 16-of-29 for 247 yards and one touchdown. C.J. Spiller amassed 105 yards on 19 carries for the Bills (6-10).

Lewis hit T.J. Graham for a 12-yard TD strike, trimming the Bills' deficit to 16-10 with 1:29 remaining in the third quarter. Buffalo had been held off the scoreboard since Dan Carpenter drilled a 51-yard field goal on its opening possession of the game.

New England quickly countered behind Blount, who returned the ensuing kick 83 yards. Stephen Gostkowski was out to attempt a field goal to begin the fourth quarter, but an encroachment penalty extended the New England drive. Brady then hooked up with Shane Vereen for a 5-yard TD pass. Edelman caught a pass for the two-point conversion.

The see-saw battle continued as Fred Jackson reached the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run before a 62-yard return by Blount put the Patriots in position for Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal.

On the next New England drive, Vereen bobbled a pass and Manny Lawson came up with the interception at the Buffalo 48.

The Bills turned the takeaway into a Carpenter 37-yard field goal that closed the gap to 27-20 with 3:26 to play.

New England then recovered an onside kick and Blount sealed the win with a 35- yard TD run.

"They made plays and we were able to battle back at times," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. "When we really needed to step up to make a play we couldn't do it. Give credit to New England."

The Patriots produced points on each of their first three drives. Gostkowski kicked two field goals and Blount made it 13-3 with a 36-yard TD run early in the second quarter. Blount cut from his left to the right and ran through a huge opening to the end zone.

The New England defense then came up with a big stop on fourth down, wrapping up Lewis for a 1-yard loss on a QB sneak at its own 45.

The Patriots later marched to the red zone and settled for Gostkowski's 29- yarder on the final play prior to halftime.

Game Notes

Brady earned his 148th career win, tying John Elway for third place on the all-time list among starting QBs ... The Patriots finished 8-0 at Gillette Stadium for the sixth time since the facility opened in 2002 ... Blount set a franchise record for all-purpose yards with 334 ... The Patriots have won 13 straight home games against Buffalo and 15 consecutive home games against AFC East opponents ... Gostkowski set a single-season team record with 38 field goals. He broke his own mark of 36 set in 2008 ... This marked the fifth time in team history the Patriots opened and closed the season against the same opponent.

12/29 22:46:19 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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CHA 88
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TOR 4
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ATL 3
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SEA 2
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MIL 3
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STL 2
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TAM 1
NYY 5
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KAN 3
MIN 8
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CHC 2
CIN 8
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TEX 2
CWS 16
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OAK 4
HOU 1
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ARI 1
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PHI 10
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BAL 5
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DAL 85
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WAS 102
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POR 122
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BOS 4
DET 1
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