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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Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined Michael Mutnansky and Larry Ridley on WEEI on Friday, discussing the team's upcoming game with the Bills and the fact that he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career last Sunday against the Packers. 

 

Taylor, who is in his 13th season, said there's no reason to question the team's decision to give carries to the likes of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, both of whom have surprised many with their play this year. 

 

The Bills only have three players listed on their Friday injury report:

Questionable
C Geoff Hangartner (knee) Limited Participation

Probable
T Demetrius Bell (knee) Full Participation
LB Chris Kelsay (knee) Full Participation

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FOXBORO — The Patriots have eight players listed as questionable for Sunday game against the Bills in Buffalo, including Aaron Hernandez, Ron Brace, Tully Banta-Cain and James Sanders. Here's the full injury report:

Doubtful
G Dan Connolly (concussion) Did Not Participate

Questionable
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin) Limited Participation
DL Ron Brace (concussion) Limited Participation
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf) Limited Participation

FOXBORO -- Linebackers Tully Banta-Cain and Jermaine Cunningham returned to Patriots practice on Friday on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium. Also back on the practice field after missing on Wednesday and Thursday were Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez.