Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ 6-foot-6, 265 pound tight end, beat the Bills’ 5-8, 165 pound cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was Tom Brady’s third touchdown of the day.
The score gave Gronkowski his 67th touchdown from Brady, tying Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne for sixth-most of any duo, and his 69th career touchdown, which passed Stanley Morgan for the Patriots record (and Gronk has played in 94 fewer games). It was also his 11th touchdown in 11 games against Buffalo.
Mike Gillislee found the end zone for the Bills in the quarter, finishing a drive that went 59 yards in just five plays, thanks to two Patriots penalties. Gillislee ran well in the first half, totaling 72 yards on nine carries for a 8 yards per rush. It’s curious why he wasn’t used more last week in the loss to Miami.
Dan Carpenter missed a 49-yard field goal late in the quarter.
Clay banged up: With receiver Robert Woods clearly not 100 percent, tight end Charles Clay seemed to be Tyrod Taylor’s best option. But Clay injured his shoulder during the second quarter when he hit the ground hard reaching for an overthrown pass.
That meant… The Bills top receiver at halftime was fullback Jerome Felton, who had two catches for 26 yards. Just like they drew it up.