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Third quarter analysis: Pats just keep rolling -- Patriots 38, Bills 17

The Patriots led by two touchdowns at halftime and didn’t miss a beat in third quarter.

Danny Amendola started things off right for New England, taking the second-half kickoff back to the Bills’ 24-yard line. Tom Brady hit Martellus Bennett for 12 yards on their first play and Julian Edelman for the other 12 on the second play, giving Brady his fourth touchdown of the game.

The Patriots drove 75 yards on their second drive of the quarter before LeGarrette Blount scored on a 1-yard plunge. That play was set up by Stephon Gilmore holding penalty in the end zone.

The Bills’ highlight of the quarter was Tyrod Taylor running for a 26-yard touchdown. The Bills went for it on a fourth and 3 and were rewarded with a big play.

He meant to do it: Punter Colton Schmidt picked up a first down on a 25-yard run in the third quarter. It wasn’t a fake, but Schmidt dropped the snap and decided to run it. The gunners running hard down the field took potential tacklers out of the area.

Alexander out: Lorenzo Alexander, NFL’s sack leader, was ruled out for the game with a hamstring injury. He had participated in a sack in every game this year.

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