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Bills become first division rival to sweep Patriots since 2000 with blowout win

The Bills already snapped the the Patriots 11-season run as AFC East champions. Can they sweep the Patriots as a division rival for the first time since 2000, too?
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, right, runs from New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) for a touchdown after catching a pass in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FIRST QUARTER:

- The Patriots receive the opening kickoff and start the drive on their own 35. New England strikes first with a 45-yard Nick Folk field goal. Patriots lead it, 3-0.

- The Bills start their next drive at their own 47, after 49-yard kick return by Andre Roberts. They have to settle for a field goal after a 1st and 10 at the New England 11. Tyler Bass' 22-yard field goal ties it up at 3-3. The Patriots start their drive at their own 25 after a touchback.

- The Patriots go three and out on their next drive, with Quinton Jefferson finishing off the drive, sacking Cam Newton on 3rd and 7. The Bills begin their drive at their own 30.

- The Bills go for it on 4th and 1 on the New England 43, and Josh Allen breaks off a 22-yard run. They end up with 1st and goal at the 10 to end the first quarter.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, left, gives a stiff arm to New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SECOND QUARTER:

- On 2nd and goal at the 5, Zack Moss tumbles backwards into the end zone for a Bills touchdown and a 10-3 Bills lead after the Tyler Bass extra point.

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Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss, rear, crosses the goal line for a touchdown with New England Patriots linebacker Terez Hall (59) on his back in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

- The Patriots answer, breaking down the Bills run defense. They finish off the nine-play, 90-yard drive with Cam Newton on a 90-yard keeper, and the Patriots tie it up, 10-10. The Bills start their next drive on their own 25.

- Josh Allen caps off a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Lee Smith. The drive started off with Allen going to his tight end Dawson Knox for a 24-yard pickup, and the Bills chipped away from there. The Bills take a 17-9 lead.

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Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith catches a touchdown pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

- After a three and out by the Patriots, the Bills get back to work at their own 33.

- The Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs connection shows its spark again, when Allen hits Diggs for a 50-yard touchdown on 1st and 10 from the 50, after a 17-yard pickup between the pair. Bills lead it, 24-9.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, rear, celebrates his touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs, front, in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

- New England starts its next drive at its own 11 but has to punt it away. Bills lead it 24-9 at the break.

THIRD QUARTER:

- The Bills cap off another touchdown drive between Allen and Diggs, this time for 18 yards. They opened up the second half at their own 25, while Allen chipped away to three different receivers on the eight-play, 75-yard drive. The Bills extend their lead to 31-9.

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) runs from New England Patriots defensive back Kyle Dugger (35) on his way to a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

-  Both teams exchange three and outs before the Patriots make a quarterback change to Jarett Stidham. Stidham gets the Patriots to mid-field before punting it away again. The Bills get the ball back at their own 5.

FOURTH QUARTER:

- The Bills get to midfield by the end of the third, and Allen picks up two big chunk passes to Stefon Diggs and Lee Smith before hitting Diggs for their third touchdown connection of the game for eight yards. The Bills extend their lead to 38-9 after capping off the 10-play, 95-yard drive.

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, right, celebrates his touchdown in front of New England Patriots defensive back Kyle Dugger (35) in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

- The Bills force another three and out, ending with Matt Milano sacking Jarett Stidham on third down. Still 38-9 Bills.

- After forcing another Patriots punt, the Bills are able to run out the clock and win it 38-9.