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After setting an NFL record for turnover-free football against the Bills, Tom Brady said he was most proud of the way the team handled adversity during a week filled with the flu and injury, ending with a 34-3 win. The victory clinched the team's eighth AFC East title in 10 years and assured New England the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the upcoming AFC playoffs. 

 

Bill Belichick met with the media following the Patriots 34-3 win over the Bills on Sunday, a win that clinched the club's eighth AFC East title in 10 years as well as home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

 

The major snow storm that has slammed the east coast will force the Patriots to celebrate their eighth AFC East title in 10 seasons in Western New York. 

 

Moments after their 34-3 win over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium, coach Bill Belichick said the team would be unable to fly back to Boston or New England. Asked what he and the Patriots planned to do with an extended stay on the road, Belichick quipped, "rest." 

 

Tom Brady set a new NFL mark for passes without an interception and the Patriots rolled up 217 yards rushing in a 34-3 rout of the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park that clinched the AFC East and the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. As a result of their 15th straight win over the Bills, the 13-2 Patriots will stay at home for as long as they remain alive in the playoffs until Super Bowl XLV. 

 

Tom Brady set a new NFL mark for passes without an interception and then found Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown on the next pass as the Patriots quarterback continued his remarkable season Sunday in Buffalo. 

 

In addition to the six players ruled out on Saturday night, running back Thomas Clayton and receiver Taylor Price were placed on the inactive list for Sunday's game in Orchard Park. 

 

Saturday night, the Patriots downgraded six to out, including OL Dan Connolly, LB Jermaine Cunningham, DL Brandon Deaderick, TE Aaron Hernandez, DL Myron Pryor and DL Mike Wright. 

 

Here are 10 things worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Patriots-Bills game:

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL



The Patriots announced the following players were downgraded Saturday night to OUT for Sunday's game against the Bills in Buffalo: offensive lineman Dan Connolly, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive lineman Myron Pryor and defensive lineman Mike Wright. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork were fined $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, for penalties they incurred last week against the Packers, according to multiple media reports. McCourty was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness and Wilfork was fined $5,000 for a facemask penalty.

 

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