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Injuries, cheap shots overshadow Pats' 23-3 win over Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rob Gronkowski was apologetic for pile-driving his shoulder into the back of Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White's head.

Bills safety Micah Hyde was livid, calling it a dirty play.

Injuries and accusations overshadowed New England extending its winning streak to eight games and closing in on its ninth consecutive AFC East title following a 23-3 win on Sunday.

Buffalo's playoff hopes could be jeopardized after starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor hurt his left knee and had a towel draped over his head while being carted off the sideline early in the fourth quarter. And Gronkowski's hit on White added to the Bills' frustrations.

White was being evaluated for a concussion after he was struck by Gronkowski while lying on the ground after Buffalo's rookie first-round pick intercepted a Brady pass with 4:50 remaining.

''That's just dirty football. There's nowhere in our game for that,'' Hyde said. ''I don't know if it was a shoulder, elbow, I'm not sure what it was. That was dirty.''

New England's tight end was remorseful following the game.

''I'm not in the business of that. It was a lot of frustration,'' he said. ''I just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White. I don't really believe in those type of shots.''

Bills players were surprised Gronkowski wasn't ejected, a sentiment shared by Dean Blandino , the NFL's former officiating director, who now is Fox TV analyst.

''In my opinion that was a play where Gronkowski should have been ejected from the game, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a substantial fine and maybe even a suspension going forward,'' Blandino said following the game.

The hit sparked a shoving match between Hyde and Patriots receiver Danny Amendola. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was so upset he was flagged for making contact with an official. Gronkowski, Hyde and Amendola were penalized for unnecessary roughness.

''Obviously, it didn't hurt the team there, but it definitely can in the future,'' Gronkowski said. ''And you definitely got to keep your cool.''

It wasn't lost on Hyde that the two division rivals will meet at New England in three weeks.

''I'm sure you guys will talk about it,'' Hyde said to reporters. ''Obviously, this is something we're going to be thinking about.''

Rex Burkhead scored on 1 and 14-yard runs on the Patriots first two drives of the second half, and Stephen Gostkowski hit three field goals in a game New England never trailed.

The Pats (10-2) won their 14th consecutive road game - the second-longest streak in NFL history - and reached double-digits in victories for the 15th consecutive season. New England also improved to 30-5 against Buffalo since Patriots coach Bill Belichick was hired in 2000.

Tom Brady went 21 of 30 for 258 yards and an interception, while improving to 27-3 over Buffalo and breaking Brett Favre's NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against any one opponent. Favre had 26 wins over Detroit.

Buffalo (6-6) lost for the fourth time in five games and continued sliding out of the playoff picture

Taylor's status is uncertain. He would only nod ''yes'' when asked by The Associated Press if he was all right while limping heavily on his left knee as he boarded a cart and was driven out of the stadium.

Taylor continued playing despite being hurt on the first series.

''He was in pain. You could see it on his face, the expressions he was making,'' running back LeSean McCoy said. ''It shows you a true warrior.''

Coach Sean McDermott provided no update except to say Taylor was being evaluated.

Minus Taylor, the Bills would have to back to rookie Nathan Peterman. The fifth-round draft pick proved he wasn't ready two weeks ago, throwing five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers .

On Sunday, Peterman went 6 of 15 for 50 yards. His opening drive ended on downs at the Patriots 1 when his fade pass intended for Zay Jones was batted away by cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo's 2012 first-round draft pick. Gilmore spent his first five seasons in Buffalo before signing with the Patriots in free agency this past offseason.

WILDCAT

The Bills introduced some trickery in a bid to spark their offense by using third-string quarterback Joe Webb in several wildcat formations.

Webb had three rushes for 27 yards, including a 22-yarder up the middle to open Buffalo's fourth possession. Five snaps later, facing second-and-10 from New England's' 37, Webb slightly overthrew Travaris Cadet, who was open deep over the middle.

NO BEEF WITH BRADY

Late in the first quarter after the Patriots finished a 14-play drive that ended with a 50-yard field goal by Gostkowski, CBS cameras caught Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in a heated discussion on the sideline.

''It's just football,'' Brady said. ''We've been around each other a lot. I love Josh.''

UP NEXT

Patriots: Play second of three straight on road at Miami on Dec. 11

Bills: Continue three-game homestand, hosting Indianapolis on Dec. 10.

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Key Players
R. Burkhead 34 RB
78 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 25 ReYds, 3 RECs
21
FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
93 RuYds, 9 ReYds, 2 RECs
9
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:08
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
23
3
Touchdown 1:08
R.Burkhead up the middle for 14 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
9
plays
78
yds
4:38
pos
22
3
Point After TD 9:02
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
16
3
Touchdown 9:02
R.Burkhead left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
70
yds
5:58
pos
15
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:15
S.Gostkowski 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
10
plays
55
yds
2:50
pos
9
3
Field Goal 3:05
S.Hauschka 49 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
7
plays
45
yds
3:21
pos
6
3
Field Goal 6:26
S.Gostkowski 31 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
7
plays
56
yds
3:21
pos
6
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:30
S.Gostkowski 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
14
plays
59
yds
6:21
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 34:01 25:59
1st Downs 23 16
Rushing 8 12
Passing 15 3
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 5-12 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-3
Total Net Yards 435 268
Total Plays 68 64
Avg Gain 6.4 4.2
Net Yards Rushing 191 183
Rush Attempts 35 26
Avg Rush Yards 5.5 7.0
Net Yards Passing 244 85
Comp. - Att. 21-30 15-34
Yards Per Pass 8.1 2.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-14 4-30
Penalties - Yards 9-66 3-34
Touchdowns 2 0
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 3-35.0 4-48.8
Return Yards 36 68
Punts - Returns 2-11 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-17 3-68
Int. - Returns 1-8 1-0
Kicking 5/5 1/1
Extra Points 2/2 0/0
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-5 -40% 0-2 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 0-2 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Patriots 10-2 3614023
Bills 6-6 03003
244 PASS YDS 85
191 RUSH YDS 183
435 TOTAL YDS 268
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 258 0 1 82.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.5% 3632 26 4 109.7
T. Brady 21/30 258 0 1 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Lewis 33 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
112 590 3
D. Lewis 15 92 0 44 9
R. Burkhead 34 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 78 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 244 3
R. Burkhead 12 78 2 31 21
J. White 28 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 171 0
J. White 5 18 0 6 4
B. Cooks 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 26 0
B. Cooks 1 5 0 5 1
B. Hoyer 2 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 5 1
B. Hoyer 2 -2 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Gronkowski 87 TE
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 9 147 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 849 7
R. Gronkowski 11 9 147 0 30 14
D. Amendola 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 489 2
D. Amendola 4 2 34 0 27 3
J. White 28 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 410 2
J. White 6 4 32 0 11 4
R. Burkhead 34 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 204 3
R. Burkhead 4 3 25 0 11 21
B. Cooks 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 886 5
B. Cooks 3 2 17 0 13 1
D. Allen 83 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 40 1
D. Allen 1 1 3 0 3 0
J. Hollister 47 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 37 0
J. Hollister 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Butler 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-5 2 0.0
M. Butler 7-1 0.0 0 0
P. Chung 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-10 1 0.0
P. Chung 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-10 0 1.5
M. Brown 4-3 0.5 0 0
E. Roberts 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-11 0 2.0
E. Roberts 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. McCourty 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-13 1 0.0
D. McCourty 3-2 0.0 0 0
S. Gilmore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-2 2 0.0
S. Gilmore 3-0 0.0 0 0
E. Lee 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 2.5
E. Lee 2-2 1.5 1 0
D. Harris 45 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-7 0 1.5
D. Harris 2-2 1.5 0 0
J. Richards 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-1 0 0.0
J. Richards 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Flowers 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
M. Flowers 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Branch 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
A. Branch 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Van Noy 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-15 0 5.5
K. Van Noy 1-2 0.5 0 0
J. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-3 1 1.0
J. Jones 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Wise 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 0 3.0
D. Wise 1-3 0.0 0 0
L. Guy 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-18 0 0.0
L. Guy 1-3 0.0 0 0
A. Butler 70 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 0 1.0
A. Butler 1-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Gostkowski 3 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
29/32 35/36
S. Gostkowski 3/3 50 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 35.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 42.6 15
R. Allen 3 35.0 1 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Burkhead 34 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
R. Burkhead 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Amendola 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 8.9 40 0
D. Amendola 1 0.0 0 0
B. Reedy 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 10.3 44 0
B. Reedy 1 11.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 65 0 1 35.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 2090 12 4 88.6
T. Taylor 9/18 65 0 1 3
N. Peterman 2 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 50 0 0 49.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.7% 195 1 5 32.5
N. Peterman 6/15 50 0 0 2
J. Webb 14 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
J. Webb 0/1 0 0 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 93 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
207 851 4
L. McCoy 15 93 0 18 9
T. Taylor 5 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 334 3
T. Taylor 3 32 0 18 3
J. Webb 14 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 27 0
J. Webb 3 27 0 22 2
T. Cadet 39 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 70 0
T. Cadet 4 22 0 12 3
N. Peterman 2 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 13 0
N. Peterman 1 9 0 9 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
Z. Jones 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 2 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 291 2
Z. Jones 7 2 22 0 13 2
D. Thompson 10 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 391 2
D. Thompson 8 2 21 0 12 2
C. Clay 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 378 2
C. Clay 3 3 20 0 10 2
T. Cadet 39 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 105 0
T. Cadet 5 3 19 0 9 3
J. Matthews 87 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 282 1
J. Matthews 3 1 14 0 14 1
L. Thomas 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 67 1
L. Thomas 2 2 10 0 7 1
L. McCoy 25 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 304 1
L. McCoy 5 2 9 0 6 9
A. Holmes 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 120 3
A. Holmes 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Hyde 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-11 5 0.0
M. Hyde 10-2 0.0 0 0
J. Poyer 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-23 2 2.0
J. Poyer 5-5 0.0 0 0
P. Brown 52 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-47 0 0.0
P. Brown 5-3 0.0 0 0
T. White 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-8 3 0.0
T. White 4-1 0.0 1 0
R. Humber 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-23 0 0.0
R. Humber 4-3 0.0 0 0
A. Washington 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-9 0 1.0
A. Washington 4-2 1.0 0 0
E. Yarbrough 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 0 1.0
E. Yarbrough 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-15 0 2.0
K. Williams 2-0 1.0 0 0
E. Gaines 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-8 1 0.0
E. Gaines 2-0 0.0 0 0
L. Johnson 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-8 0 0.0
L. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Davis 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 1.0
R. Davis 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Hughes 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-14 0 3.0
J. Hughes 1-1 0.0 0 0
L. Pitts 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
L. Pitts 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Coleman 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
D. Coleman 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Lawson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-16 0 4.0
S. Lawson 1-1 1.0 0 0
L. Alexander 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-14 0 3.0
L. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Thornton 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 2.0
C. Thornton 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Milano 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 1 0.0
M. Milano 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 4 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
22/25 23/23
S. Hauschka 1/1 49 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Schmidt 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 48.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
61 45.3 21
C. Schmidt 4 48.8 1 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Tate 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.7 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 21.3 29 0
B. Tate 3 22.7 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:51 NE 9 6:21 14 59 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 NE 20 2:39 6 27 Punt
9:47 NE 31 3:21 7 56 FG
3:05 NE 25 2:50 10 55 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NE 30 5:58 10 70 TD
5:46 NE 22 4:38 9 78 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:28 NE 19 1:30 3 7 Punt
8:47 NE 1 4:08 7 35 INT
3:33 BUF 45 1:37 3 -1 Punt
0:59 BUF 19 0:59 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 28 7:09 13 66 INT
1:30 BUF 21 2:58 6 23 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:53 BUF 27 1:06 4 4 Punt
6:26 BUF 25 3:21 7 45 FG
0:15 BUF 25 0:15 2 5 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:02 BUF 19 3:16 6 -1 Punt
1:08 BUF 25 1:40 6 16 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 BUF 26 4:11 13 73 Downs
4:39 BUF 26 1:06 4 19 Downs
1:56 BUF 15 0:57 4 4 Downs