At least they got them to punt this time ...
Getting the Buffalo Bills to punt wasn't enough for the New England Patriots, who dropped their fifth game to their divisional rival in the last six tries. Josh Allen threw for 223 yards and two scores while Devin Singletary ran in the other, giving the Bills (9-3) at least temporary control of the AFC with a 24-10 victory.
New England (6-6) mustered only a 48-yard scoring hook-up between Mac Jones and Marcus Jones in the first quarter as it dropped its second in a row.
Here's how things worked their way into Buffalo's favor ...
Things couldn't get any spicier for the New England Patriots with the Buffalo Bills coming to town.
Temporarily removed from the AFC playoff bracket, the Patriots (6-5) will look to recover from a heartbreaking Thanksgiving loss to the Minnesota Vikings when the mighty Bills (8-3) take the field at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night (8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video). This will be the first meeting between the Patriots and Bills this season, as well as the first since the latter laid down a brutal 47-17 shellacking in the opening round of last year's playoffs.
Buffalo has won four of the first five meetings in the new decade and has won each of its past two games after falling out of first place in the AFC East. Both wins came in Detroit, as the Bills topped the Lions on Thanksgiving last Thursday after previously stopping the Cleveland Browns when snowstorms in Western New York forced a relocation. The Patriots and Bills are slated to do battle once more in the final week of the season on either Jan. 7 or 8.
Keep it here for updates from Foxboro all night. Live updates will commence shortly after kickoff.
Buffalo has won the toss and has elected to defer. New England will receive to start the game.
Marcus Jones returns the opening kickoff to his own 20.
A botched handoff between Mac Jones and Rhamondre Stevenson on third-and-inches is recovered by New England but they are forced to punt.
Michael Palardy's punt travels to the Buffalo 33. Nyheim Hines returns for no gain.
On 2nd-and-10, Buffalo makes it into New England territory with a 19-yard Josh Allen throw to Stefon Diggs.
New England forces an 11-yard third down but Allen finds Hines on a shotput-style toss which picks up 21 to the Patriots' 28.
Buffalo is forced back 10 yards due to an offensive pass interference call on Stefon Diggs.
A combination of a Josh Uche takedown of Allen for no gain and a Buffalo false start makes it third and dong from New England's 38.
FIELD GOAL BILLS: Allen's short pass to James Cook is short of a first but Tyler Bass boots a 48-yard field goal to give Buffalo the first points of the night 8:02 to go in the 1st, Bills 3, Patriots 0
A touchback sets the Patriots up at Buffalo's 25.
New England earns its first first down of the game with a two-yard Stevenson rush following a nine-yard Jones throw to Hunter Henry.
An 11-yard pass to Nelson Agholor puts New England at its own 47.
New England is charged with its first flag of the game, a Trent Brown holding that wipes out a six-year scramble for Jones.
Another fumble involving Stevenson comes on a reception, his first after Jones was charged with the original, but Agholor recovers.
TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS: On the first offensive snap of his career, Marcus Jones takes a short pass from Mac Jones and goes 48 yards for an aerial score. The extra point by Nick Folk is good. 4:46 to go in the 1st, Patriots 7, Bills 3
Hines is stopped by Brenden Schooler at his own 18, where Buffalo will take over.
A 14-yard pass to Cook gives Buffalo a first down at its own 34.
Allen is forced into an incompletion on third down, but Jonathan Jones is flagged for defensive pass interference, keeping the drive alive. First down Buffalo at the Patriots' 43.
Cook breaks loose for a 28-yard gain, setting the Bills up in the red zone at the 15.
Allen's eight-yard carry makes it first-and-goal at the five for the Bills, as we enter the final minute of the first.
Jack Jones brings down Hines for a three-yard loss to end the first quarter. Buffalo will have second-and-goal at the eight-yard-line when play resumes.
END OF THE FIRST: PATRIOTS 7, BILLS 3
TOUCHDOWN BILLS: Buffalo opens the second period with an eight-yard scoring pass from Allen to Diggs. Bass' extra point is good. 14:56 to go in the 2nd, Bills 10, Patriots 7