The Bills couldn't convert in the red zone on their opening drive, but all things considered, it was a decent first quarter in Foxborough.
The Bills' offense sustained a long drive, keeping Tom Brady and the Patriots offense on the sideline for most of the opening 15 minutes and took the lead on Stephen Hauschka's 41-yarder.
The Bills picked up their first four third downs to get into the red zone but stalled inside the 20, though their 16-play drive chewed up 8:04 of game time. It was the most plays on a drive for any Patriots opponent this season and the Bills' second-longest drive of the season, trailing only their 19-play, 11:20 drive against the Falcons.
Brady and the Patriots started to find their rhythm on their second drive and moved into Bills' territory as the quarter expired, but the Bills defense ended up holding in the red zone for a field goal.
Not getting to Brady: The Bills defensive line didn't get much pressure on Brady with a four-man rush in the first quarter. The Bills' secondary held up in coverage, but Brady had too much time to progress through his reads and find an open receiver.
Only four WRs dressed: Andre Holmes (neck) missed the game, but WR Brandon Reilly was still inactive, even with Kelvin Benjamin playing through a torn meniscus.