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Could raining and pouring keep Tom Brady from scoring?

The best defense is offensive weather.

And, Sunday's visit by the New England Patriots to New Era Field will be a cold and wet one.

How much it will affect future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady's high-flying passing attack remains to be seen. Rain is likely through at least the second half, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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Patriots quarterback will try to take the air out of Mother Nature and the Buffalo Bills defense on Sunday afternoon at New Era Field in Orchard Park. (Buffalo News file photo)

In some ways, the Patriots may even feel right at home with nippy northeast winds expected.

Sunday morning's cold rain won't make for a pleasant tailgating experience. Rain ponchos will still be essential apparel for Bills fans heading for the 1 p.m. kickoff.

But if the injury-plagued Buffalo Bills manage to pull off a season sweep of the perennial favorite Patriots team, fans are sure to feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

The Bills haven't beaten the Patriots in both head-to-head match-ups in a single season since 1999.

Here's a look at the hour-by-hour forecast for Sunday's game in Orchard Park:

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