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Second quarter analysis: Inches away from this becoming The Joe Webb Game

If someone would've told you in July that Joe Webb overthrowing Travaris Cadet cost the Buffalo Bills a chance at a lead against the New England Patriots, you probably wouldn't have believed it.

Lo and behold, a midseason waiver claim and a series of gadget plays nearly brought New Era Field to life in the second quarter. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who is under increasing scrutiny, busted out some Wildcat formations against the Patriots that featured third-string QB and core special teamer Joe Webb taking direct snaps in the backfield.

Webb gained 22 yards on a read-option run with about six minutes left before halftime. Four plays later, Webb took the snap again but this time had targets downfield. Cadet was uncovered on a post route, but Webb just missed him. The Bills settled for a 49-yard field goal on fourth and 3 from the Patriots' 30.

D steps up: The Bills defense certainly seemed to have rediscovered its mojo, holding the Patriots to three field goals in the first half. Tom Brady was limited to 8 of 14 passes for 96 yards.

Challenge lost: Sean McDermott lost a challenge in the second quarter trying to get an incomplete pass turned into a sack. He was right that Brady's knee was down before he released the ball, but he fell on his own and was not down by contact.

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