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FLUTIE'S RETURN TURNS SOUR

That quarterback hero's welcome in New England thing didn't exactly turn out the way Buffalo Bills fans hoped.

Doug Flutie -- the Boston-area star making the first hometown start of his new career as Bills QB -- was upstaged at the final curtain by New England's Drew Bledsoe, who led the Patriots to a come-from-behind 25-21 win at Foxboro Stadium.

But while Bledsoe raised his broken index finger in triumph, the Bills raised their voices in anger at the two penalties that cost them the game.

The two plays before Bledsoe's game-winning pass from the 1-yard line to Ben Coates deep in the end zone were marred by questionable calls against the Bills.

"They (the officials) gave them the game," Buffalo coach Wade Phillips said.

A few minutes before, it looked like Flutie would be the hero again as he led Buffalo back from a 14-0 deficit to a 21-17 lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Reed with 6:14 left.

The former Boston College star threw for an NFL career-high 339 yards and two touchdowns.

The victory tied the Patriots (7-5) with the Bills, one game behind Miami and the New York Jets (both 8-4) in the AFC East.

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