Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was briefly checked out by medical personnel after the Bills' first possession, but not much was made of it as Taylor stayed in the game and remained active as a runner. His condition appeared to worsen early in the fourth quarter, though, and he was carted to the locker room with a knee injury.
Taylor wore a towel over his head while the Bills announced quickly that the quarterback was out for the game. Nathan Peterman played the remainder of the game as the Patriots ran out a 23-3 victory.
In Taylor's absence, Peterman saw his first action since his remarkable five-interceptions-in-one-half performance against the Chargers on Nov. 19. Peterman did little to impress, completing 6 of 15 passes for 50 yards for a passer rating of 49.3, though the increased attempts actually dropped his career passer rating from 46.7 to 32.5 because he has still maxed out the hit he can take in the formula for his interception percentage.
Gronk takes cheap shot at White: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was penalized was launching himself at Bills' cornerback Tre'Davious White late in the game after White intercepted a pass intended for him. Gronkowski was not ejected, though, and White had to be checked into concussion protocol. Gronkowski apologized after the game but could still be fined and/or suspended this week by the league.