The Buffalo Bills managed to hang around with the undefeated New England Patriots all game long. Ineptitude on offense eventually caught up with them, though, in an ugly 20-13 loss.
Now, they're back at .500 in a muddled AFC playoff picture.
Player of the Game: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola had nine receptions for 117 yards on his 12 targets before leaving with an injury. He was Tom Brady's go-to guy tonight, carving up Buffalo underneath on crossing routes. The Patriots' offense was a shell of itself compared to its Week 2 explosion, but did enough to win with Amendola in for Julian Edelman.
Play of the Game: Rob Ninkovich sacked Tyrod Taylor on Buffalo's final drive, effectively ending any shot of a Buffalo comeback. New England's defense kept the quarterback in check all game long. Taylor, who entered with one of the NFL's best passer ratings, had a 75.3 rating Monday.
Stat of the Game: Three catches for Sammy Watkins. He caught a one-handed ball high, behind him and hauled in a fourth-down on Buffalo's final drive. Otherwise, the Bills didn't get him involved much at all. Watkins had zero targets in the entire first half. Taylor misfired deep throughout the game, underthrowing both Watkins and Chris Hogan.
Inadvertent whistle: The fans at Gillette Stadium were not thrilled with a brutal gaffe by the officials in the second half. What was ruled an "inadvertent whistle" wiped out a potential touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola. If the Patriots would've lost this game, this is all anybody in the sports world would've been hearing on Tuesday.
Next up: On the short week, Buffalo has another crucial AFC game full of playoff implications. They'll head to Kansas City where the Chiefs are red hot, fresh off a smackdown of the San Diego Chargers.