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Second-quarter analysis: Tyrod Taylor comes crashing back down to earth

The "bad" Tyrod Taylor emerged in the second quarter Sunday against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Taylor was intercepted on the first and second-to-last plays of the quarter as the Patriots took a 24-13 lead to halftime.

Taylor's first throw of the quarter intended for tight end Charles Clay was too high, leading to an interception by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. That set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Amherst native Rob Gronkowski.

Taylor's last pass of the first half was picked off by safety Duron Harmon. After scrambling left, Taylor attempted to throw back to his right over the middle to Sammy Watkins, but wildly overthrew him, leading to an easy interception.

Tough coverage: The Patriots did a good job getting favorable matchups in coverage. On one play, Gronkowski ran deep down the middle with Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes trailing him. The pass from Brady just missed. On another, Patriots running back Dion Lewis streaked down the left sideline for a gain of 40 yards with Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham in coverage.

No good: Bills kicker Dan Carpenter might find himself on Rex Ryan's hot seat again. Carpenter missed an extra point from the new 33-yard distance after Charles Clay's 9-yard touchdown reception from Taylor. Ryan was seen consoling Carpenter on the sideline after the missed kick.

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