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Insta-Graham: Patriots toy with Bills

In a 41-25 laugher-to-keep-from-cryinger, there are myriad examples to choose from.

For me, this sequence pretty well sums up the past 16 years of the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots series:

With 27 seconds left in the first half, Dan Carpenter can pull the Bills within a score with a 49-yard field goal. His attempt plunks the right upright. No good.

The Patriots, with two timeouts and the ball on their 39, completed three passes and tried a 51-yard field goal. Stephen Gostkowki hits the left upright, but the ball banks over the goal post. Good. Patriots head into halftime ahead, 24-10.

New England pulverized Buffalo in the second half, too, scoring another touchdown 60 seconds after halftime and not looking back.

A Buffalo garbage touchdown in the closing seconds made the game seem closer than it truly was.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 315 yards and delivered a touchdown pass to four teammates. He has thrown at least four touchdowns against the Bills six times in 29 games.

Brady began the game with five straight third-down conversions for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Amherst native Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for a game-high 109 yards and a touchdown.

Old friend Chris Hogan had 88 yards by halftime, getting behind Stephon Gilmore to chase down a 53-yard touchdown near the end of the first quarter.

Mike Gillislee suggested the Bills would have been OK had they rested LeSean McCoy last week against the Miami Dolphins. Gillislee had nine carries for 72 yards at halftime, but was marginalized in the second half because the Bills were so far behind.

Buffalo lost NFL sacks leader Lorenzo Alexander in the second quarter to a hamstring injury while on special teams. Already short-handed at receiver, Brandon Tate left in the third quarter with a concussion.

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