FOXBORO, MA - The Bills handed the Patriots their first shutout ever at Gillette Stadium with a 16-0 win on Sunday.
Postgame reaction: Rex Ryan opened his postgame comments by poking fun at Bill Belichick "I guess it's on to LA". He followed that up with "God it feels good to finally win here."
Zach Brown said the game plan on defense for Jacoby Brissett was "Let's make him look like a third string quarterback."
Tyrod Taylor's favorite target on the day was Robert Woods who ended with seven catches for 89 yards. Taylor said "It was big to get Robert going. He definitely stepped up to the plate today."
Fourth quarter: Zach Brown continues to dominate with his first sack of the game. He ended with 18 tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss and forced two fumbles. Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander also have a sack on the day.
Third quarter: The Patriots starting show life on offense to start the second half but their first drive of the third quarter ends with a Stephen Gostowski missed field goal. On the Bills next drive, Tyrod Taylor finds Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods during the series. The Bills are 0-6 when Taylor throws 30 or more times in a game. He's hit that mark leading the Patriots 13-0. Taylor almost connected with Walt Powell for a touchdown by the pass was a little long. Dan Carpenter missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.
The Bills have done a good job containing LeGarrette Blount and limited the Patriots run game. Zach Brown had a huge tackle for loss on Blount and the Pats only have 58 yards rushing.
Dan Carpenter adds a 44-yard field goal to give the Bills a 16-0 lead.
Second quarter: 34-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter gives the Bills a 10-0 lead.
Patriots forced to punt again on their third possession. Lots of boos from the crowd as the Patriots stay conservative and run on 3rd and 15.
Tyrod Taylor finding Nick O'Leary twice on their third drive but the Patriots bring pressure on third and 7. They get to Taylor and he misses Marquise Goodwin and for the second time, Dan Carpenter kicks a field goal. He makes a 43-yard field goal. Still, the Bills have scored on all three of their possessions so far, and have 208 total yards while the Patriots have just 34.
But the Patriots offense starting to come to life as Jacoby Brissett goes deep and finds tight end Martellus Bennett for 58 yards but it should have been less than that. Three Bills' defenders couldn't stop him and Zach Brown and Ronald Darby both missed tackles that led to extra yards.
Just a few plays later, Brown makes up for that missed tackle by forcing Brissett to fumble and Preston Brown recovered.
The Bills didn't do much with it though. There wasn't really a sense of urgency on that drive and the Bills could have used some extra points heading into halftime. Jerry Hughes with sack for a 14 yard loss. And the Bills close out the half up 13-0. They have 251 total yards while the Patriots only have 98.
First quarter: On the first play of the game, Julian Edelman takes it all the way to the one-yard line but two penalties on former Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan wipe out the gain. Bills get the stop on that drive.
The Bills strike on their opening drive capped by a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to LeSean McCoy. McCoy and Charles Clay were very active on this drive and that's what the Bills have to continue to do with Sammy Watkins on injured reserve now. Mike Gillislee also had a 16-yard run and we saw Taylor connecting with Robert Woods. The only negative on this drive was the Bills burning their first timeout with 7:31 left in the first quarter, signs of bad clock management early.
Bills get another stop on the Patriots' second drive.