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Vic Carucci's Points After: Patriots 23, Bills 3

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Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots Sunday at New Era Field.

Same old same old: Did anyone really expect a different outcome? The Pegulas might pay the Bills, but the Patriots are the ones who truly own them.

And no one owns the Bills more than Tom Brady, who set an NFL record for career quarterback victories against an opponent with 27.

The Bills' offense could get nothing going on a day when their defense actually did a credible job against Brady and the league's top-ranked offense.

Taylor injured: Tyrod Taylor left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, and rookie Nathan Peterman played quarterback the rest of the way for the Bills.

Taylor completed nine of 18 passes for 65 yards. He killed a scoring chance with an interception on a horrible throw to the end zone. Taylor, who was examined on the sidelines after the game's first series, finished with a passer rating of 35.6, the second lowest of the season and of his career.

Peterman completed six of 15 passes for 50 yards, and had a passer rating of 49.3.

Joe Webb even threw a pass, which was incomplete.

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McCoy milestones: LeSean McCoy became the fifth active NFL player to have 13,000 yards from scrimmage. The others are Frank Gore, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson.

In reaching 3,000 career rushing yards in 39 games, McCoy is tied with Travis Henry for the fastest Bills running back to reach that total.

McCoy also moved into 10th place on the Bills' all-time rushing yards list. He surpassed Antowain Smith (2,932).

Kyle passes Freddie: By playing his 163rd game with the Bills, Kyle Williams moved ahead of Fred Smerlas for the most games played by a defensive tackle in team history.

Williams also boosted his career total to 42.5, the most by a Bills defensive tackle in team history.

Clay's milestone: Charles Clay's two receptions on the game's opening drive put him in the 300-career-catch club.

Counting the house: There were a whole lot of empty seats at New Era Field. Apparently, a good number of fans felt they had better things to do on a remarkably pleasant early December afternoon, like holiday shopping or decorating, than watch the Patriots do what they always seem to do against the Bills.

Up next: The Bills play the second of three consecutive home games next Sunday against the lowly Indianapolis Colts. Who will be the Bills' starting quarterback is about the only thing that helps elevate interest in the game.

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