After spending the week warning the Patriots about another possible pregame scuffle, the Bills opened up their game against the Patriots by allowing two quick Tom Brady touchdown passes. Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who participated in the talk leading up to the game, was burned badly on the second of those touchdown passes.
On the play, which gave the Patriots 14-3 lead, Gilmore was toasted by Bills receiver Chris Hogan.
You might've also noticed Gilmore pulling up at the 5-yard line to yell at his teammates, which is interesting because he wasn't really that far away from Hogan. It even looked like Hogan was bracing for a hit.
Here's what Gilmore said earlier this week, via ESPN:
"We're not gonna let nobody push us around. You know what I'm saying? We're gonna play smart. We know them guys like to try to get under your skin and make you react a certain way. We're gonna try to take it in between the lines and play good football."
There's no way to know for sure if Gilmore was entirely at fault for that touchdown, but giving up on tackling a nearby player to yell at his teammates did not seem like "smart" football.