FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --- In the rematch, the Buffalo Bills' defense did enough to beat the New England Patriots. They forced seven punts and held Tom Brady to a 72.3 passer rating. That, on most days, should get it done.
It wasn't on Monday night as the Bills lost, 20-13.
Heading into the game, players were confident. And afterward, cornerback Stephon Gilmore indicated the Bills knew the plays before the ball was snapped.
"We knew what they were going to do," Gilmore said. "We knew every route. We knew everything but there were one or two plays that you wish you could have back. I don't think they would have scored, but you can't have those one or two plays against New England."
As he usually does, Brady did enough to win against Buffalo. He completed 20 of 39 passes for 277 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Seven different players caught a pass for the Patriots and missed tackles ended up being the difference. James White broke through a Corey Graham tackle on his 20-yard touchdown reception, as Danny Amendola evaded Duke Williams on his 41-yard gain.
On the back end, overall, the Bills weren't nearly as confused as they were in Week 2, anticipating the Patriots' routes.
So Gilmore was pleased with the overall effort... he just lamented those two plays.
"When you're playing Tom, you have to play perfect," Gilmore said. "We didn't do that today."
What exactly were those two plays? Gilmore didn't want to specify, only saying the players should've executed. The plan was to focus on tight end Rob Gronkowski (2-37) and Danny Amendola (9-117).
"We knew it'd go to 80 or 87," Gilmore said. "One of those guys were going to get the ball, so those are the only guys we cared to take away. I think we played them pretty good, except for two or three plays we wish we could have back."
Now against Kansas City next weekend, they'll need to transfer all of that knowledge on the film --- knowing what's coming before the ball is snapped --- into a win.