Bills get to 9-7 with win over coasting Patriots

AP

In a game that didn’t mean much of anything to either team, the Bills emerged victorious over the Patriots today and can take pride in this: For the first time in a decade, Buffalo has finished a season with a winning record.

The Bills’ 17-9 victory puts them at 9-7 on the season, their first winning record since another 9-7 finish in 2004. The Bills had nine straight losing seasons until this year.

That represents progress, but today’s game didn’t mean much of anything. The Patriots, who had already clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, coasted through the game. Tom Brady exited early after going 8-for-16 for 80 yards. Brady was replaced by rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, who made a few good throws but didn’t do anything special.

The Bills got decent games from quarterback Kyle Orton and receiver Sammy Watkins, but the big question facing Buffalo going forward is whether it has the quarterback who can finally get the Bills back to the playoffs. Buffalo has plenty of talent on defense and some good young skill position players on offense, but it seems unlikely that either the veteran Orton or the 2013 first-round draft pick he replaced, EJ Manuel, is the long-term answer.

For the Patriots, the purpose of this game was to get out of it without any major injuries, and it appears that they succeeded, with one possible exception: Starting left tackle Nate Solder left the game with a knee injury. There was no immediate word on the severity of that injury.

Now the Patriots will get a week off and host a playoff game in two weeks. And the Bills will get to work on trying to put together another winning season next year — and perhaps threaten the Patriots in the AFC East.

71 responses to “Bills get to 9-7 with win over coasting Patriots

  1. I don’t care if it was a cheap win, I’m just glad they’ve finally won in Gillette Stadium and have a winning record for the first time in ten years.

  2. I hope the Pats were coasting, cause they wouldn’t beat their own alumni team with that halfassed effort.

  3. If the Bills can continue to improve by three wins every season, they’ll win the Super Bowl in a few years. Well, we can hope can’t we?

  4. joetoronto says:
    Dec 28, 2014 3:49 PM

    Whoo hoo!

    The Bills let it all gang out and win a close one over the Pats B team.

    Losers.

    And all Joe has to look forward to next year is minor league football….

  5. Patskrieg dot com says:
    Dec 28, 2014 3:50 PM

    17 whole points against the Patriots B team with nothing to play for. Your AFC East silver medalists, everyone!

    And your all world QB gets 2 field goals against the Bills all world D….

  6. It seemed as if the most important thing to Belichick and the Patriots was keeping people healthy. Without Gronk and Edelman, this was only a shell of a team to start. Oh well, onto Cincinnati or Indianapolis. 🙂

  7. Is coasting the new excuse?

    Can we admit the better team won?

    The patriots are just getting into their playoff form which is where they go one and done. It looks like the ravens will get in who always own them come playoff time. Two wins in foxborough in the last few years.

    Of course when the pats go home fans will rejoice and belicheat will refuse to do another conference.

  8. Yeah coasted in the second half. But the first half when both teams had in their starting players, Patriots were outplayed and Brady was under constant pressure. With that being said, being a Bills fan from California since the early 90`s, I must say that I haven’t felt this good about the Bills in a very long time. It was a joy watching every game and we could of easily been in the playoffs had we beat the Chiefs earlier and the Raiders last week. But I’m still proud of this team and am excited about the future. I hope we can find that quarterback that we’ve been looking for since Kelly retired.

  9. Chippy, not sure if your post is a shot at the Pats or the Bills but I do know your Dolphins were embarrassed.

  10. Congrats to the Bills for the scintillating Super Bowl win over the Pats. That was kind of like bringing your cousin to the prom. Yea, you got a date, but it’s not going anywhere.

  11. dontbugmeonsundays says:
    Dec 28, 2014 4:02 PM
    Yeah coasted in the second half. But the first half when both teams had in their starting players, Patriots were outplayed and Brady was under constant pressure. With that being said, being a Bills fan from California since the early 90`s, I must say that I haven’t felt this good about the Bills in a very long time. It was a joy watching every game and we could of easily been in the playoffs had we beat the Chiefs earlier and the Raiders last week. But I’m still proud of this team and am excited about the future. I hope we can find that quarterback that we’ve been looking for since Kelly retired.

    ————

    Gronk and Edelman didn’t play. Just thought you should know those weren’t the Patriot starters.

  12. This game may have meant nothing, but it is indicative of why the Pats haven’t won since Charlie Weis left. Josh McDaniels failures to be able to adjust to a good pass rush will keep the Pats from winning the Lombardi Trophy again. The two SB losses vs. the Giants, the two AFC Championship losses all hinged on the Pats inability to make those adjustments in game. Today’s meaningless game was a microcosm of McDaniel’s fatal flaw as an Offensive Coordinator. He set up both QB’s for failure today, especially Garopalo. Unimportant game, yes, but with a very important flaw highlighted again. Don’t make the mistake of putting it on the offensive line. failed consistently in big games, even with a healthy talented line, with Light, Mankins and Koppen among others. Charlie Weis may not be a head coach, but I’d love to see him as OC next year. No Lombardi’s since CW and RAC left.

  13. vancouversportsbro says:
    Dec 28, 2014 4:01 PM
    Is coasting the new excuse?

    Can we admit the better team won?

    The patriots are just getting into their playoff form which is where they go one and done. It looks like the ravens will get in who always own them come playoff time. Two wins in foxborough in the last few years.

    Of course when the pats go home fans will rejoice and belicheat will refuse to do another conference.

    ———–

    Or maybe the Patriots have been to 3 AFC championship games in a row and smashed the Ravens last time they played them because they suck now.

    Sounds more right. Stick to skiing.

  14. No Gronk, no Edelman, no Vollmer, no Connoly. And Bills fans are actually bragging they had a good half of defense against the Patriots? If they had allowed anything to the Patriots without their best O-lineman and two best weapons it would be embarrassing. Heck, the Patriots B defense shut down the Bills starters for a half and held them to 17 points.

    This was a glorified preseason game and the Patriots used very simple schemes with a basic game plan. I know Bills fans are desperate but this is grasping at straws. The real news here is Solder’s injury. Hopefully he’s alright but if he isn’t Vollmer should go to the left side and Cannon should go to the right.

  15. Lol Vancouver, yeah the better team won lol. Bills were playing their starters and half the Pats starters didn’t even play.

    And when they were out there they weren’t playing at anywhere near full intensity so they could avoid injury.

    Keep dreaming though if it makes you feel better about the bottom feeders in Buffalo.

  16. This is so pathetic! I actually feel sad for Bills fan saying they “won the first half when Brady was in.” Well you root for the Bills and have to live in Buffalo, so you can have this one I guess.

  17. If you don’t think the pats didn’t want to win that game and continue their dominance over the bills you’re a fool. They give it a try in the first half and saw it wasn’t happening and pulled everyone. In a few weeks the pats will be just like the bills sitting at home thinking about what could have been.

  18. The pats are 9 and 7 in the post season since 2004 with zero titles. And the fans/talking heads act like their the 70’s steelers or some other unbeatable team. Their probably gonna face the ravens and be one and done as usual when they face em.

  19. Jchipwood, we know it must hurt to be a dolphins fan. At least with Marino you were “always a bridesmaid”. Then after that your team was kind of like the crack ho that everyone hit for the easy win. Glad to see your team at least trying, but face it, you still get owned by the Patriots, which is exactly why you troll these posts. Feel sorry for ya, bud.

  20. A positive step in the right direction, 9-7 for a team that hasn’t had a winning season in 10 years is a great accomplishment.

  21. Isn’t the usual line of the Patriots fans “A Win is a Win” no matter how ugly it was?

    The Bills won today, hopefully breaking their “Gillette Curse” and having their first winning season in a decade.

    Yes – I know the Pats didn’t play some key players (who may or may not have played even if the Bills WERE in a “win and in” position today). I also know that the vaunted Pats looked pedestrian even with Mr “Makes any receiver look good” Brady in during hte first half.

    It’s not the playoffs – but it looks like progress…
    See ya next year!

  22. Yes, salty Bills fans, you’ve got us all riiiight where you want us. Once again Buffalo puts up one of the highest sack totals in the NFL and can’t convert it to a playoff appearance. You’ve got it allllll figured out.

    Real talk: the Bills front 7 is excellent. The whole team is way better than Miami. They’d be really dangerous if anyone making decisions in Buffalo had a clue.

  23. Meh.

    Pats are going into the playoffs with a healthy Gronk, Edelman, Brady, Wilfork and Revis.

    That’s the only important fact that Pats fans need to know about this game. The rest is really filler.

    Well done Buffalo on the win. You want to celebrate this win for all its worth? Well, good for you. Enjoy the golf courses and staying at home in January.

  24. And that folks is Patriot’s benefitting from being in the softest division in football. They only have to show up for a 15 game season.

  25. Lol at Bills fans who think they have a good defense just because they held Manning, Rodgers and Brady to 0 TDs. Try playing a real quarterback.

    *eye roll*

  26. And where are the Bills off to now? Exactly! To clean out their lockers and to watch New England play… again, in the post season.

    FOURTEEN consecutive years of a winning record and counting, tweleve of which were TEN wins or more. Congrats on your 8-7.

  27. It was a meaningless game and everyone knew it. There’s really not much else to say except that I hope Gronk, Edelman, and others aren’t rusty in a couple of weeks.

  28. Patskrieg dot com says:
    Dec 28, 2014 3:50 PM
    17 whole points against the Patriots B team with nothing to play for. Your AFC East silver medalists, everyone!
    ——————————–

    Buffalo lead 17-6 when Brady and the starters left the game. They were outscored 3-0 against the backups…..so, technically, the Backups played better than the starters.

  29. The Pats played all but 3-4 starters, although important ones, on both sides of the ball. The offense still is a concern, IMO. Still, it definitely had the feel of a preseason game. It didn’t look like the Pats killed themselves game planning either. If the Bills and their fans want to take something out of going 9-7 and getting their 1rst win at Gillette under those circumstances, well…ok. The D is legit and they’re just a QB away from being a legit playoff team. Problem is, top QB’s are not easy to come by, esp w/o a high pk. Mia and Buff both have some def pieces in place for the future. Not sure about the QBs and HCs

  30. Wow! The refs let them play today.

    If there was any meaning in this game for the Patriots the flags wouldve been flying for any little infraction, real or imagined, by the Bills.

  31. This was a throwaway game. Brady got some game action to stay in tune. Lots of key guys rested. And still the rookie had them one score and a 2 point conversion away from tying the game. Nothing for the Bills to be beating their chests about here. But it’s better than losing to the Pats B team.

    But Brady drops to 23-3 against the Bills, because he did….. start.

  32. joetoronto says:
    Dec 28, 2014 3:49 PM
    Whoo hoo!

    The Bills let it all gang out and win a close one over the Pats B team.

    Losers.
    ________________________________________
    You are one sad sad boy… Did mommy and her B/F take away your xbox for the night? Is that why you are on here harassing others? Oh, no that’s right… this is something you do on the regular.

    GROW UP JOE THE CANADIAN!

  33. mr. chips….Gramps, you keep hoping every season, and every season they disappoint and frustrate you… the fins can’t even sniff the playoffs….I love when you cry 5 times on each NE thread.

    Props to Murph for yesterday’s “hey chippy, what’s the Dolphins record coming off a 9 month bye?”

    Post of the season.

  34. Ha, I had a feeling the milquetoast Patsy fans would be on here claiming back-ups, meaningless game etc.
    Newsflash patsy fans: every NFL player wants to win every game they play in. Of course since none of you ever played sports at a high level I figure you will not understand this.

  35. Good job Bills… Pats offense as usual lately looks constipated. It’s frustrating that they have been saying they need to improve yet it still the same. Objectively speaking, if this goes on we can kiss the SB chance or win goodbye.

  36. I almost always credit the other team when the Pats get beat, but this was garbage time.

    Win games when it matters, Buffalo, and earn some respect. Not this week in this situation.

    Pats started Josh “the human turnstile” Kline. I don’t know why the guy is even on the team, but they keep running him out there.

  37. Kline and Devey are awful, if not downright dangerous. Hope fully Fleming and Halapio develop and they get a few others in here next yr. Think they hit on Stork like they did on Koppen. Not sure Solder has a future here.

  38. So had the Bills beat the Raiders….they would have made the playoffs??!! Man that SUCKS!!!! (said like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy)
    _____________________________________
    Since the Ravens won today, the Bills would not have made the playoffs for those that were asking. They needed the Ravens to finish 9-7.

  39. Actually, I’m sure plenty of Pats fans have I did and I also work for my college’s athletic team while interning with another NFL team. You’re claim is pointless.

  40. Sheesh, for it being a meaningless loss the pats fans on here are acting pretty salty.

    This game didn’t matter in the least, but a win in foxboro is a start. Still, no playoffs so it doesn’t matter

  41. I’m salty about the Patriots more than anything. Only 16 of these games and for what these guys get paid I expect to see maximum effort in every one of them.

    Today wasn’t it. The lowlight was Amendola getting tackled in the open field – by a member of his own team.

  42. If the Patriots are that bad without Gronk then you better hope he braces those knees up. End of the day: Bills won the game in the first half. without dareus or Gilmore. Of course We bills fans are happy.

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