The New England Patriots pulled away in the third quarter with two touchdowns from Rex Burkhead, which all but sealed victory the way the Buffalo Bills' offense was playing.
The Bills' defense gave up points on both third-quarter drives and five of six possessions through the first 45 minutes, but it still appeared that the offense was more at fault for the state of the game.
The Bills' offense gained only two first downs and 24 net yards in the third quarter, thanks in part to a 20-yard loss on a sack that made the net passing differential 110 to minus-3 in the third quarter. Tyrod Taylor had only completed 9 of 18 passes for 65 yards through 45 minutes after completing his only two attempts in the third. LeSean McCoy carried twice for 8 yards, bringing his game total to 12 for 68. The offense couldn't even remotely keep pace with the Patriots.
Shaq injured: Defensive end Shaq Lawson was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury after hobbling off the field following a goal-line stop. The 2016 first-round pick had one sack in the game, bringing his season total to 4.0.
Not fair: Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White had good coverage on Rob Gronkowski down the sideline and thought he had an interception in his sights. White, who is 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, jumped up for the ball, but Gronkowski – 6-6, 265 – suddenly appeared over him and ripped the ball out of the air. Nothing else White could do.