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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Two pieces of bad news are all that made the Patriots game memorable

Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Patriots played the Bills and won convincingly in a game that nudged the Patriots closer to a first-round bye and put a damper on the Bills' playoff chances.

Sunday's 23-3 loss likely would've faded into the early evening darkness with the other nondescript Patriots losses over The Drought if not for two fourth-quarter talking points.

The first was Tyrod Taylor's injury. The Bills' quarterback was carted to the locker room early in the fourth with a knee injury, which raised the possibility that Sunday could've been his last game with the team if the injury is serious.

The second talking point was Rob Gronkowski's cheap shot on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Gronk was penalized but not ejected for a hit that put White in concussion protocol.

Oh, and Tom Brady improved to 27-3 all-time against the Bills, marking the most wins for any player against a single opponent in NFL history. Good times.

Miss anything? Get caught up in our quarter-by-quarter breakdowns: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th.

Jerry Sullivan: Tyrod Taylor failed to rise to the moment in a game where the Bills' needed their quarterback to take over against a rare beatable Patriots team.

Tim Graham: Despite a pop-gun offense, the Bills aren't ready to go away from offensive coordinator Rick Dennison just yet.

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Bucky Gleason: The Patriots' Eric Lee (who?) returned to torment the Bills, who had him on their practice squad.

Report Card: The Bills' passing attack still isn't getting it done.

Mark Gaughan's Big Play: It was downhill from Tyrod Taylor's early INT.

Ten Plays that Shaped the Game: A lot of Gronkowski in this one.

Jay Skurski's 10 observations: What exactly was that play call on fourth and goal?

Gilmore booed: Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore got booed in his return to Buffalo, but he had the last laugh. Mark Gaughan listed Gilmore among his matchup winners.

Photos: Check out our photo galleries from Bills-Patriots.

Vic Carucci's Take Five: The Bills' defensive plan for Patriots was solid, but not enough.

Blandino dishes on Gronk: Fox Sports rules analyst Dean Blandino said Gronkowski should have been ejected from the game.

Ugh: The most painful Twitter reactions to the Bills loss to the Patriots.

What They Said: Bills-Patriots transcripts of Sean McDermott, Jordan Poyer, Bill Belichick and more.

O'Leary out: Nick O'Leary and Mike Gillislee headlined the list of Bills-Patriots inactives.

Watch: Our Team's Takeaway from the Bills' loss to the Patriots.

Trivia: Who has the most points for the Bills in a season?

Podcast: The Pats did it again.

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