Sept. 8, 2013 – Tom Brady hasn’t spent his entire life beating the Buffalo Bills. It just seems like the New England Patriots’ quarterback has feasted on the Bills forever.
This was another example of Brady’s greatness. New England was trailing, 21-20, late in the fourth quarter. That’s when Brady went to work. He guided the Pats 49 yards in 12 plays, including a pair of crucial third-down completions.
By that point, Bills fans knew what would happen next. Shane Vereen ran 15 yards to move the ball downfield, and the Pats ran the clock down. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 35-yard field goals with five seconds left, and New England had escaped with a 23-21 victory.
Brady finished 29 for 52 for 288 yards and a couple of touchdowns. It was the 36th time that he led the Patriots to a win when they were tied and trailing in the fourth quarter.
It was the first game for new Bills’ head coach Doug Marrone and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel (18 or 27 for 150 yards and two scores). They came close, but they saw the Bills lose to New England for the 19th time in 20 starts.
Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.
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