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McCourty's pick-6 seals Patriots' 25-6 win over Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Devin McCourty was pleased that the New England Patriots defense didn't have to play second fiddle to Tom Brady and Co. for once.

With the Patriots leaning more on Stephen Gostkowski's leg than Brady's arm against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, McCourty stepped up and returned an interception 84 yards to secure a 25-6 victory.

''The last couple of games it was our offense scoring and us trying to keep the team out. This was a game where they were moving the ball and couldn't get into the end zone,'' McCourty said. ''We had to make sure Buffalo didn't get in the end zone, and once it cracked, we had to take advantage of it.''

The interception proved to be the turning point in what had been a tightly contested game in which New England settled for four Gostkowski field goals, and after James White scored on a 1-yard to make it 18-6 with 9:58 left.

The Bills responded with what was initially ruled a touchdown, when tight end Jason Croom appeared to make a diving, one-handed catch in the end zone. The 25-yard catch was negated when replays showed Croom never had possession.

Two plays later, McCourty jumped in front of Derek Anderson's attempt to hit tight end Charles Clay over the middle.

''Those are bonus points. It's hard to count on those,'' Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. ''It was a big play for us. They were driving in the red area and it turned it around.''

Buffalo lost its third straight and dropped to 2-6 for its worst start since opening the 2010 season with eight losses.

The Bills offense continued its anemic ways in being held to under 7 points for the fourth time this season - once more than that's happened from 2013-17. Buffalo has scored just two touchdowns in its past five outings, a stretch in which it has been outscored by a margin of 116-37.

Running back LeSean McCoy took the offense's struggles personally. Though he had a team-best 82 yards receiving, McCoy finished with just 13 yards rushing and has yet to score this season.

''I'm 30 years old. I've been playing since high school. This stuff has never happened to me. Yeah it's tough,'' he said.

What hurts more is McCoy knowing how the offense has let down the defense.

''It's not fair to them,'' he said. ''I didn't expect to have no season like this. I'm not really playing well at all. We're not doing much on offense.''

Credit the Bills' defense for not playing the role of the expected pushover against a Brady-led offense that had scored 38 or more points in each of its past four games.

''You come out and you hold those guys to one touchdown and still can't get a win. It's tough, man,'' Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White said.

Stephen Hauschka accounted for the scoring by hitting field goals from 51 and 47 yards.

''It's clearly not good enough,'' coach Sean McDermott said of his sputtering offense. ''I thought the defense came out and played well at times. Offensively, we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit there, and just couldn't get it going enough.''

Anderson finished 22 of 39 for 290 yards and two interceptions.

He was escorted off the field with 1:25 left when he was sacked by Kyle Van Noy. He was making his second start in place of rookie Josh Allen, who's listed as week to week with a sprained elbow on his throwing arm.

Brady finished 29 of 45 for 324 yards, but was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.

''They made it tough on us,'' he said. ''We couldn't get anything going in the red zone, not enough positive plays down there.''

Brady continued his string of career-long dominance over the Bills by improving to 29-3, extending the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent.

The Patriots beat Buffalo for the seventh straight time and improved to 32-5 in their last 37 meetings under coach Bill Belichick.

HONORING THURMAN

The highlight for Bills fans was a halftime ceremony in which the team retired Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34.

He became the third player in Bills history to receive the honor. Jim Kelly had his No. 12 retired in 2001, and Bruce Smith's No. 78 was retired in 2016.

With the lights turned out at the sold-out stadium, highlights from Thomas' Hall of Fame career were shown on the video scoreboard while two spotlights projected 34s onto the field. ''When I look up and see the No. 34 retired under my name, I'll be reminded that number doesn't just belong to me,'' Thomas said. ''It belongs to the Bills fans everywhere.''

PRYOR VISIT

The receiver- and quarterback-needy Bills had free agent Terrelle Pryor in for a visit earlier in the day. Pryor is a seventh-year player who was released by the New York Jets on Oct. 20 with an injury settlement after hurting his groin.

INJURIES

Patriots: Rookie RB Sony Michel (left knee) and starting LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) were inactive.

Bills: Rookie starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds did not return in the second half after being diagnosed with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Patriots: Prepare for a Brady-vs.-Aaron Rodgers showdown, hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Bills: Host the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. White 28 RB
15 RuYds, RuTD, 79 ReYds, 10 RECs
14
FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
13 RuYds, 82 ReYds, 6 RECs
9
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:54
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
25
6
Touchdown 6:09
D.Anderson pass short right intended for C.Clay INTERCEPTED by D.McCourty at NE 16. D.McCourty for 84 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
24
6
Missed Two Point Conversion 9:58
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. T.Brady pass to C.Patterson is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS. DEFENSIVE TWO-POINT ATTEMPT. J.Stanford intercepted the try attempt. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
18
6
Touchdown 9:58
J.White up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
85
yds
4:50
pos
18
6
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:06
S.Gostkowski 25 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
5
plays
22
yds
00:52
pos
12
6
Field Goal 7:42
S.Hauschka 51 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
4
plays
2
yds
1:37
pos
9
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:44
S.Hauschka 47 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
10
plays
46
yds
4:03
pos
9
3
Field Goal 5:46
S.Gostkowski 38 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
8
plays
42
yds
4:27
pos
9
0
Field Goal 11:51
S.Gostkowski 40 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
11
plays
58
yds
4:53
pos
6
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:49
S.Gostkowski 25 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
15
plays
73
yds
5:15
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 31:50 28:10
1st Downs 22 16
Rushing 6 3
Passing 15 13
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 5-14 4-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-2
Total Net Yards 387 333
Total Plays 72 63
Avg Gain 5.4 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 76 46
Rush Attempts 25 19
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 2.4
Net Yards Passing 311 287
Comp. - Att. 29-45 24-41
Yards Per Pass 6.9 7.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 3-26
Penalties - Yards 5-33 6-51
Touchdowns 1 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 3-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-28.8 5-31.6
Return Yards 21 96
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-33
Kickoffs - Returns 1-21 3-63
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 2/2
Extra Points 1/1 0/0
Field Goals 4/5 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 0-0 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-3 -33% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Patriots 6-2 3631325
Bills 2-6 03306
311 PASS YDS 287
76 RUSH YDS 46
387 TOTAL YDS 333
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 324 0 0 85.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.5% 2200 16 7 97.6
T. Brady 29/45 324 0 0 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Patterson 84 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 74 0
C. Patterson 10 38 0 22 3
J. White 28 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 15 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 204 2
J. White 8 15 1 5 14
J. Edelman 11 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 20 0
J. Edelman 2 13 0 7 11
T. Brady 12 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 29 2
T. Brady 1 8 0 8 12
K. Barner 38 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 67 0
K. Barner 2 4 0 2 0
B. Hoyer 2 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -5 0
B. Hoyer 2 -2 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Edelman 11 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 9 104 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 251 2
J. Edelman 10 9 104 0 26 11
J. White 28 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 10 79 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 459 6
J. White 13 10 79 0 15 14
C. Hogan 15 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 49 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 333 2
C. Hogan 2 2 49 0 29 4
R. Gronkowski 87 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 43 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 448 1
R. Gronkowski 8 3 43 0 22 4
J. Gordon 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 283 2
J. Gordon 6 4 42 0 18 4
J. Develin 46 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 32 0
J. Develin 2 1 7 0 7 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Van Noy 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-14 1 2.0
K. Van Noy 7-1 2.0 0 1
T. Flowers 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-12 0 2.0
T. Flowers 6-0 0.0 0 0
P. Chung 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-14 1 0.0
P. Chung 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. McCourty 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 0 0.0
J. McCourty 4-1 0.0 0 0
E. Roberts 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-20 0 0.0
E. Roberts 4-2 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-8 2 0.0
J. Jones 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Gilmore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-3 1 0.0
S. Gilmore 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. McCourty 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-12 1 0.0
D. McCourty 2-1 0.0 1 0
J. Simon 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
J. Simon 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Clayborn 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 2.0
A. Clayborn 2-0 1.0 0 0
N. Grigsby 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
N. Grigsby 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Davis 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
K. Davis 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Jackson 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
J. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. King 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
B. King 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Wise 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 3.0
D. Wise 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 0.0
M. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Allen 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Shelton 71 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 0.0
D. Shelton 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Gostkowski 3 K
13
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/5 1/1
SEASON FG XP
17/19 26/26
S. Gostkowski 4/5 40 1/1 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 37.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 45.2 5
R. Allen 4 37.0 0 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Patterson 84 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 32.3 95 1
C. Patterson 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Anderson 3 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.4% 290 0 1 69.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 465 0 4 56.0
D. Anderson 22/39 290 0 1 7
N. Peterman 2 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 23 0 0 114.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40.6% 108 1 4 20.8
N. Peterman 2/2 23 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Ivory 33 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 244 1
C. Ivory 6 34 0 13 4
L. McCoy 25 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 257 0
L. McCoy 12 13 0 12 9
D. Anderson 3 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
D. Anderson 1 -1 0 -1 7
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 82 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 167 0
L. McCoy 8 6 82 0 24 9
Z. Jones 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 55 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 281 1
Z. Jones 8 6 55 0 14 5
K. Benjamin 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 2 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 262 1
K. Benjamin 7 2 45 0 40 4
A. Holmes 18 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 129 0
A. Holmes 3 2 45 0 24 4
C. Clay 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 169 0
C. Clay 6 3 36 0 21 3
R. McCloud 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 31 0
R. McCloud 1 1 16 0 16 1
J. Croom 80 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 95 1
J. Croom 3 1 14 0 14 1
C. Ivory 33 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 140 0
C. Ivory 2 1 11 0 11 4
C. Phillips 5 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
C. Phillips 1 1 9 0 9 0
P. DiMarco 42 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 24 0
P. DiMarco 1 1 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
P. Gaines 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-6 0 0.0
P. Gaines 9-1 0.0 0 0
T. Edmunds 49 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-17 0 1.0
T. Edmunds 6-2 0.0 0 0
T. White 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-4 0 0.0
T. White 6-2 0.0 0 0
M. Hyde 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 0 0.0
M. Hyde 5-1 0.0 0 0
M. Milano 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-19 1 1.0
M. Milano 5-2 0.0 0 0
L. Alexander 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-8 1 4.0
L. Alexander 5-1 2.0 0 1
J. Poyer 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-14 2 0.0
J. Poyer 3-1 0.0 0 0
H. Phillips 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
H. Phillips 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Stanford 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Stanford 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Lawson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 1.0
S. Lawson 2-1 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 3.0
K. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-7 1 1.0
T. Johnson 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Phillips 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 1.0
J. Phillips 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Humber 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
R. Humber 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Lewis 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
R. Lewis 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 4 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
12/13 7/7
S. Hauschka 2/2 51 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Bojorquez 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 39.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
45 45.1 22
C. Bojorquez 5 39.6 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Murphy 45 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 21.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 24.9 49 0
M. Murphy 3 21.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hyde 23 SS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 10.3 31 0
M. Hyde 2 16.5 31 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NE 25 2:17 6 9 Punt
10:01 NE 20 5:15 15 73 FG
1:40 NE 20 4:53 11 58 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:09 NE 38 4:27 8 42 FG
1:39 NE 25 1:34 7 43 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:14 NE 5 1:59 3 6 Punt
7:39 NE 25 3:57 7 29 Punt
2:55 BUF 29 0:52 5 22 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:48 NE 15 4:50 10 85 TD
3:52 NE 32 0:58 3 7 Punt
0:48 NE 34 0:48 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:43 BUF 32 2:42 6 25 Punt
4:46 BUF 22 3:06 5 25 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:47 NE 30 1:38 3 4 Punt
5:42 BUF 25 4:03 10 46 FG
0:05 BUF 40 0:05 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 24 3:45 7 40 Punt
9:16 NE 35 1:37 4 2 FG
3:42 BUF 20 0:47 2 9 Fumble
2:03 BUF 25 2:15 5 24 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:58 BUF 25 4:04 9 45 INT
5:54 BUF 25 2:02 6 43 Downs
2:54 BUF 30 2:06 7 36 Downs