Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 41-25 loss against the New England Patriots Sunday at New Era Field:
Yep, the gap is still as wide as the Grand Canyon: The Patriots are great. The Bills aren't close to great. That's the reminder the Bills received in this game, just as they've received it in so many other encounters with the beasts of the AFC East.
The Bills' only prayer in this game was to be stout on defense, to make it at least slightly difficult for Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots' scoring machine to pile up the points. That never happened.
The Bills' offense, which was missing LeSean McCoy (hamstring), was its usual uninspiring self.
Player of the game: Brady. He made it look fairly easy in throwing for 315 yards and four touchdowns. At 39, he also showed some impressive wheels with a 15-yard run. Brady was pulled with about four minutes left and replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo. Who said Bill Belichick doesn't have a heart?
Play of the game: It's tie between a pair of 53-yard touchdown connections between Brady and former Bill Chris Hogan and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski.
Taylor surpasses 1,000 rushing yards: On a 26-yard touchdown run to cut the margin to 31-17 in the third quarter, Tyrod Taylor surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for his career. He has eight career rushing touchdowns, seven with the Bills.
With 48 rushing yards Sunday, Taylor pushed his total with the Bills to 887 and surpassed Doug Flutie (885) for the third-most rushing yards by a Bills quarterback.
Williams moves up sack list: Kyle Williams' second-quarter sack of Brady was the 38th of his career. He moved into eighth all-time in team history, breaking a tie with Sherman White.
Dareus gets a sack in debut: In his first game of the season, Marcell Dareus registered a sack, pushing his career total to 31.5. That ties him for second with Jeff Wright for the most sacks by a Bills defensive tackle.
Carpenter's milestone: Dan Carpenter's 23-yard field goal to give the Bills a 3-0 lead with 11:05 left in the first quarter was his 100th with the team. His 49-yard try just before halftime bounced off the right upright.
Counting the house: The Bills announced that 70,442 tickets were distributed for the game. Many of them exited after the Patriots made it 38-17 with 3:05 left in the third quarter.
Up next: The Bills make their second prime-time appearance of the season when they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Good luck with that, Bills.