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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 2: A rare win over the Patriots

Oct. 2, 2016 – The Buffalo Bills haven’t beaten the New England Patriots very often in the 21st century. It’s fair to say they’ve enjoyed every one of their few victories.

The one that came in 2016 was appreciated, even though there was a catch involved. Buffalo blanked New England, 16-0.

Tyrod Taylor was sharp at quarterback for the Bills. He was 27 of 39 for 246 yards and a touchdown.

The score came in the first quarter. Taylor hit LeSean McCoy with a 7-yard scoring strike. From there, Dan  Carpenter did the rest. He kicked two field goals in the second quarter to make it a 13-0 lead, and added another in the third quarter to complete the scoring.

The Patriots were held to only 13 first downs. They were 1 for 12 in converting third downs.

The catch? New England’s starting quarterback, Tom Brady, did not play due to a suspension. In spite of that start, he had a rather memorable season as the Pats won the Super Bowl.

   Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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