FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For seventeen unremitting years, the New England Patriots have thumped the Buffalo Bills' skulls.
Since 2001, no AFC East team has finished with a better record. Teams only occasionally have won the division on tiebreakers, but that's as good as life has been within the division since Tom Brady became Bill Belichick's starting quarterback.
The Buffalo Bills looked like they had Tom Brady figured out.
That lasted about 29 minutes.
Then Brady started doing Brady things, and the New England Patriots started doing what they do, coming out ahead one crucial play after another Monday night.
New England beat Buffalo, 20-13, in Gillette Stadium.
So much about this game was unusual, although not the result. Brady…