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Pats put pedal to the metal in Buffalo

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The Patriots slid under .500 for the first time in nine years last week.  On Sunday, they turned the clock back to 2007 with an overpowering performance that surely will prompt criticism that the Pats ran up the score.

With only seven points at halftime, the Patriots exploded for 45 in the final 25 minutes to steamroll the Bills, 52-28.

They did it with 340 yards passing from Tom Brady, more than 100 yards rushing from two players (Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden), and more than 100 yards receiving from two players (Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski).

Brady, who had three touchdown passes, added a touchdown run.  After the referee explained that the ruling of a score had been confirmed via replay, Brady had this message for no one in particular:  “F–k you, bitches.”

Wes Welker was amused.  The Bills likely aren’t.

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45 Responses to “Pats put pedal to the metal in Buffalo”
  1. jakec4 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:28 PM

    Mario Williams was money well wasted.

  2. atxpatfan says: Sep 30, 2012 5:30 PM

    Huh? To no one in particular? Brady’s response was to the Bills fans who booed when the Ref announced the ruling of a TD stood.

    Pretty obvious…

  3. psychotim says: Sep 30, 2012 5:31 PM

    A) You can’t run up the score in professional sports. If you can’t stop the offensive, well, you suck.

    B) +1 with Tom.

  4. pftcensorssuck says: Sep 30, 2012 5:32 PM

    This was a game New England basically handed to Buffalo, who simply refused to win.

  5. mb7756 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:32 PM

    It is always nice to see a rich, attractive superstar who is married to a supermodel and lives in a mansion talk down to a club that has been on hard times for a decade.

  6. koenig61 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:34 PM

    if this was anyone other than Brady, Rodgers, or Brees, PFT would say how classless it was to say .

    But just like theres a diffrent set of rules with the refs for these 3 QB’s when it comes to treating them like spoiled princess’s it appears PFT also has a different set of rules when these arrogant prima donas does something classless.

  7. nepatriots128154 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:37 PM

    I smell a Bills fan

  8. atxpatfan says: Sep 30, 2012 5:45 PM

    Koenig – agreed, it’s classless to use curse words. I’m sure nobody on the Bills were swearing on the sideline.

  9. kate773 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:45 PM

    This again? They’re all professionals, aren’t they? And I’m pretty sure much worse has been said on NFL sidelines. It just hasn’t been caught on tape.

  10. lanman11 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:48 PM

    The Pats were only up two scores when a pair of Buffalo turnovers led to a late score and a FG, where they lined up in obvious run formation and basically told the Bills what they were going to run. They didn’t run up the score. They battled back from a 21-7 halftime deficit….a game they should have been leading 13-0 in the second quarter but for a pair of missed Gostkowski FG’s that led to much improved field position for Buffalo, and better play calling options, and a quick 14 points. Those Gostkowski misses resulted in a short series of events that resulted in a 20 point swing in favor of Buffalo. Playing in the Bills stadium, and having seen the Bills tack on 21 quick points in the first half, pushing the lead to three scores was not, in my estimation, “running up the score.”

  11. koenig61 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:49 PM

    @nepatriots128154

    No, I’m not a Bills fan, but if i was, why would I have included Brees and Rodgers, as beng pampered prima donas? And just so you know, I respect Bradys talents. Theres no denying hes one of the top 10 ALL time. But just as I can recognize a player from my team can be treated differently by the refs, and the media, you as a Pats fan should be able to admit, Brady, Brees, and Rodgers, get treated with kid gloves when it comes to how they’re treated. Lets pick a QB like Cutler, Roethlesberger, Rivers, etc, do you truly think the media would treat them the same? And I dont want to hear how those 3 deserve to be treated differenly, that they have earned it. If someone does something classless, they should be called out for it. Doesnt deminish Bradys talents, or Super Bowls or MVP awards, jut means he isnt a God like some people seem to want to treat him.

  12. patriotinvasion says: Sep 30, 2012 5:49 PM

    You know you’ve seen a lot of good football over a decade when your team scores 52 points, comes back from a 14-point deficit, and wins by 24 on the road and you feel like they didn’t even play that well.

    Back to .500 and on to the next one. Brady vs Manning awaits.

  13. billsboy88 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:50 PM

    No one will say they ran up the score. I’m a Bills fan. We got smoked by Brady, again. End of story.

    Brady doesn’t like Bills fans, and Bills fans def. don’t like Brady. It’s mutual.

  14. flash1283 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:50 PM

    And here we go with the crying you can’t have it both ways bills fans.you can’t talk all kinds of smack leading up to the game and then when your team gets their doors blown off to start crying and making excuses. Oh boo hoo Tom Brady did this oh boo-hoo the refs did that you got your asses kicked deal with it move on next week.

  15. chi01town says: Sep 30, 2012 5:51 PM

    Im just glad Chicago didnt spend that money on Mario Williams. They was definetly chasing him an the Bills paid that Money.

  16. 315judman says: Sep 30, 2012 5:52 PM

    The offensive line of NE was back in the saddle. Their hands must be stained blue from the dye in the Bills jerseys. They must have been glad to have real refs back right before their first divisional game. #zebraslovebrady

  17. markbul says: Sep 30, 2012 5:52 PM

    A few weeks ago, Oklahoma State beat Savannah State 84-0. And you’re talking about grown men running up the score? No one cares but the media – and NFL players who look great in pink panties and push-up bras.

  18. atxpatfan says: Sep 30, 2012 5:55 PM

    I’m not sure where this whole “they’re classless” thing started. Maybe Ladanian Tomlinson?

    Regardless…that and/or whining about the Refs seem to be the lament of choice for losers everywhere.

  19. yanksbills says: Sep 30, 2012 6:26 PM

    I am done. The Bills are an embarrassment to the city of Buffalo. I’m tired of “Billieveing” year after year after year after year that this is the year, only to see this kind of BS happen again and again. F you, Ralph, Chan, Buddy, and the rest of you clowns who take home a fat paycheck while the entire nation laughs at us.

    Seriously, I’m done. I enjoyed the good days, but its over. The Buffalo Bills are dead to me. To the team I wish you all well. Freddie, Stevie, Kyle, et al, you’ve played your hearts out but it’s time to stick a fork in it.

  20. yanksbills says: Sep 30, 2012 6:35 PM

    I hope Ralph Wilson is penniless when he passes. His legacy is a joke and his heirs deserve nothing, which is about what he gave to the Bills fans these past 20 years.

  21. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:41 PM

    Upon Tom Brady’s induction into the Hall of Fame, his bust should include a disclaimer, one that says: *Spent entire career inflating his personal stats against the woeful teams of the putrid AFC East Division.”
    Wow!!!
    Never saw a more lousy division lasting this long. More than a decade of ineptitude. Unbelieveable. And to think the Patriots resorted to cheating for several of those 10 years….

  22. wwwmattcom says: Sep 30, 2012 6:45 PM

    I read this as a negative article about Brady. Bills fans are criticized for class and Brady stoops and it was caught on camera and brought further into the light by pft.
    Anyone wondering why the Bills are under Brady’s skin?

  23. EJ says: Sep 30, 2012 6:45 PM

    flash1283 says:
    Sep 30, 2012 5:50 PM
    And here we go with the crying you can’t have it both ways bills fans.you can’t talk all kinds of smack leading up to the game and then when your team gets their doors blown off to start crying and making excuses. Oh boo hoo Tom Brady did this oh boo-hoo the refs did that you got your asses kicked deal with it move on next week.

    The Patriots ran up the score, period. Otherwise, the game would have looked much closer. Bills Fans aren’t worried, our teams meet up again soon. Then we will run up the score in your city, payback is gonna be a bitch. The Patriots better hope they have a winning record by the time we meet up, because we are going to take one of those W’s back. See ya in Foxboro, bitches!

  24. cannonballdookie says: Sep 30, 2012 6:56 PM

    atxpatfan says: Sep 30, 2012 5:55 PM

    I’m not sure where this whole “they’re classless” thing started. Maybe Ladanian Tomlinson?

    Regardless…that and/or whining about the Refs seem to be the lament of choice for losers everywhere.
    ————————————————–

    They haven’t had class for the past 5 years, especially their coach and their QB, but that isn’t news anymore.

  25. bostonsports11 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:01 PM

    Running up the score isn’t running the ball for TDs. Grown men play the game and if they can’t stop them, they aren’t very good like your bills

  26. Drummond says: Sep 30, 2012 7:14 PM

    Since when is 14 points enough of a cushion that you stop intentionally trying to score????????????????????

    Did the Patriots not prove today -along with hundreds upon hundreds of other teams in the past that 14 points is not the point in which you take your foot off the pedal?

    Man up and be a man.

  27. yanksbills says: Sep 30, 2012 7:15 PM

    The only way the Bills will ever make the playoffs is if they become part of the NFC or AFC West, where all of the teams are equally bad.

    I’ve been a Bills fan for my entire 38 years but I am now looking for new representation after another embarrassing year. Fortunately we’ve already beat the other 2 worst teams in the NFL yet we are now looking forward to next year’s April draft where we will certainly pass up the top 15 available QBs in order to solidify our defense…that gave up 52 points today.

    Hey, at least the city is recovering well financially after the GWB disaster.

  28. lusdawg says: Sep 30, 2012 8:47 PM

    EJ says:
    Sep 30, 2012 6:45 PM
    flash1283 says:
    Sep 30, 2012 5:50 PM
    And here we go with the crying you can’t have it both ways bills fans.you can’t talk all kinds of smack leading up to the game and then when your team gets their doors blown off to start crying and making excuses. Oh boo hoo Tom Brady did this oh boo-hoo the refs did that you got your asses kicked deal with it move on next week.

    The Patriots ran up the score, period. Otherwise, the game would have looked much closer. Bills Fans aren’t worried, our teams meet up again soon. Then we will run up the score in your city, payback is gonna be a bitch. The Patriots better hope they have a winning record by the time we meet up, because we are going to take one of those W’s back. See ya in Foxboro, bitches!

    —————————

    Seriously? Well, maybe if Fitzy didn’t keep throwing INT’s, the Pats wouldn’t have run the ball in … ugh

  29. ampats says: Sep 30, 2012 8:48 PM

    Hey EJ,

    Saw your prediction 42-20 Bills. Close but only picked the wreong team. The Patriots have owned the Bills for the past decade +and based on your defense 50+ performance against the Jets who were shut out today coupled by your wins against the Browns 0-4 and Chefs 1-3, the playoffs are a fantasy Bills fans.

    Buffalo Mafia ?? More like Buffalo Laffia. Did Mario Williams play today? I didn’t hear his name?

  30. TheWizard says: Sep 30, 2012 8:59 PM

    Buffalo fans have a right to be steamed. All offseason I heard the D line was going to be their strength, and Rob Ninkovich got his name called more than they did. Pathetic effort.

  31. eventhorizon04 says: Oct 1, 2012 2:04 AM

    Not a Pats or Bills fan, but I remember warning Bills fans that just because their defensive line looked good against the Browns and Kansas City didn’t mean their poor performance against the Jets’ O-line was a fluke.

    Well, I was told that “any given Sunday”, “all players in the NFL are elite athletes,” and “not fair to dismiss what the Bills did to any team, no matter how bad,” etc.

    Well.
    1 sack against the Patriots.

    Lesson: Just because your team looks good against 2 bad team, doesn’t mean your team is good. Frankly, Bills’ D-line didn’t look good against an injury-riddled Pats O-line.

  32. broncosnative says: Oct 1, 2012 6:34 AM

    Wow! Locked out refs come back, pats put up 52 points. Seems like the brady rule is being affective again

  33. homelanddefense says: Oct 1, 2012 9:13 AM

    the way the Bills came back on them last year (down 21) and they way the Pats blew a 9 point lead to Baltimore with 6 minutes to go leads me to believe they didnt run up the score, they just covered themselves from a collapse. 95% of that yardage in the 4th came on running plays.

    The only thing the Pats need to apologize for was that terrible, dirty, gutless hit that Spikes laid on Chandler during an INT return in the 4th. He blindsided him, and launched…intentionally jumping to hit him in the head. I would expect a big fine, possible a game off.

    And Im a pats fan.

  34. jolink653 says: Oct 1, 2012 11:15 AM

    EJ says:
    Sep 30, 2012 6:45 PM

    The Patriots ran up the score, period. Otherwise, the game would have looked much closer. Bills Fans aren’t worried, our teams meet up again soon. Then we will run up the score in your city, payback is gonna be a bitch. The Patriots better hope they have a winning record by the time we meet up, because we are going to take one of those W’s back. See ya in Foxboro, bitches!

    ________________________________________________________

    Seriously? I don’t even know where to start with criticizing that statement. Two rushers for over 100 yards and 4 TDs, 5 rushing TDs including the Brady TD, and two through the air early on in the game. How is that running up the score? And if you don’t like it, then maybe your “awesome defense” should step up and stop the Patriots from running the ball down your throat behind an offensive line full of backups. And you really think the Bills are gonna run up the score on the Patriots? When was the last time that happened, 2003? And we wound up winning the last game of that season 31-0 against the Bills. Stop crying and just admit your team is and has never really been that good since Jim Kelly walked away

  35. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:06 PM

    When Jim Kelly walked away?
    The Bills fell apart the day Wade Phillips decided to start Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie in a playoff game.
    What a stroke of genius that was!!!
    Speaking of geniuses, Dave Wannstedt, the Bills’ defensive coordinator, ought to be fired… This guy has been a loser everywhere he’s coached. Hiring pathetic retreads has become a Bills tradition.
    I’m not a Bills fan. However, I’m tired of seeing New England advancing every year to the postseason without having had to beat a single team with a winning record.
    The NFL is loaded with bad teams, several of which play in the AFC East Division.
    I have no idea how Bills fans can stomach such annual ineptness.

  36. homelanddefense says: Oct 1, 2012 1:18 PM

    “I’m not a Bills fan. However, I’m tired of seeing New England advancing every year to the postseason without having had to beat a single team with a winning record.
    The NFL is loaded with bad teams, several of which play in the AFC East Division.
    I have no idea how Bills fans can stomach such annual ineptness.”

    So ridiculous. There the jets made the AFC championship game twice in teh past three years. The Dolphins were very good at times in the earliy 2000′s. Go look at all the teams records right now, there are probably two or three divisions worse than the AFC East. The Pats win between 12-14 (once even 16 times) a season, only 6 of those games are against the AFC East. YEARLY they play Baltimore, Pitts, Indy (with Peyton) etc. Last year they crossed over against the NFC East.

  37. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:54 PM

    No team has had an easier road to the playoffs over the years than the Patriots. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
    In 2009, the Jets backed into the playoffs when a succession of teams lost on the final weekend of the season. The Jets have proven themselves to be both flukes and frauds.
    Last season, the Patriots compiled a 13-3 record WITHOUT beating a single team in the regular season that finished with a winning record.
    The Dolphins over the years have been AWFUL, which is the reason they’ve changed head coaches so often.
    And the Bills? They haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 1999.
    The AFC East is, has been, and will continue to be a cesspool.

  38. flash1283 says: Oct 1, 2012 3:18 PM

    Last season, the Patriots compiled a 13-3 record WITHOUT beating a single team in the regular season that finished with a winning record.

    —-
    And the year before they beat 7 teams that made the playoffs that year.
    So your argument is flawed!

    By that same logic then you can’t give the Colts any credit for how good they were over that same time.

    They also played in a week division with the exception of a few good seasons by Tenn and Jacksonville.

    You haters are sad, you will come up with any excuse you can to NOT give them credit!

  39. jolink653 says: Oct 1, 2012 3:50 PM

    @ flash1283

    Totally agree with you. The Colts mowed down awful Jags, Titans, and especially Texans teams when Peyton Manning was still there and they had a pretty automatic playoff spot locked up year in and year out. You beat who’s on the schedule and that makes you a good team. We routinely play all the best AFC teams because those are the matchups that draw the most viewers and the games against the NFC are never easy. Give credit where credit is due.

  40. herrick9 says: Oct 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    Brady’s comments are consistent with the fan love that was bestowed upon him in the first half
    and the BOO-birds when they called his 4 yd. run good for six points…

    Brady is a very competitive cat and for those of you who are looking for decidedly different result At the Razor in Wk. 10 on 11/11 one week after a bye better plan on bringing a real defense with you. Aaron Hernanadez will no doubt be back in the lineup and that spells nothing good for Bills fans.

  41. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2012 5:47 PM

    There is no competitive balance within the AFC East. Three of the divsion’s four teams are beyond awful…
    While the Patriots, to their credit, usually excel outside of the division, the division’s other three teams do not.
    That results in the Patriots going unchallenged yearly within the division and waltzing to the playoffs each year.
    The Steelers, for example, only beat two teams (the Bengals twice and the Patriots) last season with winning records en route to a 12-4 season; yet they failed to win their division because the Ravens beat them twice.
    That’s called having competition, which the Patriots certainly haven’t had for the better part of 10 years.
    Sorry if you don’t get it.

  42. bostonsports11 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:34 PM

    That’s a better comment above by you. Great job

  43. billsboy88 says: Oct 1, 2012 7:15 PM

    eventhorizon04 says:Oct 1, 2012 2:04 AM

    Not a Pats or Bills fan, but I remember warning Bills fans that just because their defensive line looked good against the Browns and Kansas City didn’t mean their poor performance against the Jets’ O-line was a fluke.

    Well, I was told that “any given Sunday”, “all players in the NFL are elite athletes,” and “not fair to dismiss what the Bills did to any team, no matter how bad,” etc.

    Well.
    1 sack against the Patriots.

    Lesson: Just because your team looks good against 2 bad team, doesn’t mean your team is good. Frankly, Bills’ D-line didn’t look good against an injury-riddled Pats O-line.
    ***********
    What exactly were we, the fans, supposed to do with your “warning”? I should feel better about watching my team get thumped because some guy warned me that it might happen?? Should I have not watched the game cuz you said we might lose? Maybe I should have gone out and tweaked the Bills’ roster, or called the Defensive plays, cuz I have that power.

    Also, the “any given sunday” and “elite athletes” statements are still true. It’s why a bad Bills team beat a good Pats team in 2011 with Brady throwing 4 picks.

    Lesson Learned: one bad game does not make you bad any more than one good game makes you good.

  44. brazzz01 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    “Last season, the Patriots compiled a 13-3 record WITHOUT beating a single team in the regular season that finished with a winning record.”

    Meaningless stat for a few reasons:

    The Pats beat 7 teams in 2010 who finished above .500. They went one and done. The 1999 Rams were 0-1 in the regular season against teams that finished over .500. They won the Super Bowl. So much for that stat meaning anything tangible.

    The Pats lost their only two games against teams that finished over .500 in 2011. That’s 2 games out of a 16 game schedule. Nice sample size. That’s the schedule they were given. It’s not their fault they only got 2 opportunities. They can only try to beat who’s on their schedule.

    The Patriots beat a few 8-8 teams last year. In reality that means those teams were 8-7, plus they lost to the Pats. Then why penalize the Pats for beating them?

  45. brazzz01 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:09 PM

    A team gets 45 points hung on them in the second half, 31 in the 4th quarter… and some of their fans are blaming the refs.

    Classic…

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