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Fourth-quarter analysis: Defensive line finishes off solid season

The strength of the Buffalo Bills' 2014 season was the team's defensive line.

That stayed true in the season finale, a 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Even without the injured Marcell Dareus, the Bills harassed Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, sacking him once in the fourth quarter and forcing him to scramble several other times.

The Bills finished with four sacks of Garoppolo and Tom Brady, finishing the season with 54 -- second most in team history for a single season and just three off the record of 57 set in 2013.

Not quite: Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins fell just short of a 1,000-yard season. He ended the year with 65 catches for 982 yards and six catches. Quarterback Kyle Orton did get to 3,000 passing yards for the season, however, the third time in his career he's done that.

Worth watching: Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn left the game early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. The last thing the Bills needed coming out of a meaningless game was a significant injury to a starter, so Glenn's condition will be important to monitor in the coming days.

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