Once again, Rex Ryan came up short against the Patriots as the Bills fell 20-13 Monday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO — The Bills did almost everything in their power to beat the Patriots Monday night.
Buffalo held the Patriots to 20 points, a season-low.
Buffalo held Tom Brady to 20-for-39 (51 percent) passing for 277 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but the last time the quarterback was that frustrated by a defense was when Kansas City manhandled the Patriots last September.
Buffalo also rushed for 94 yards against the Patriots, the second-best run defense in the league and won the time of possession battle 32:55-27:05.
In other words, the Bills checked off a lot of boxes needed to beat the Patriots but couldn’t get it done, as the Patriots came out on top 20-13, which in the end signifies the Patriots are clearly the more superior team.
“But, like always, we’ve come up short many times being here when you think you’ve got them by the ropes, but at the end of the day, they find ways to win and that’s what championship teams do, and we’re not at that level right now,” Rex Ryan said afterwards.
One of the biggest turning points in the game came with just under a minute left in the first half. It was a 3-3 game, Buffalo’s ball on the New England 30-yard line and third-and-6.
Tyrod Taylor threw a fade to LeSean McCoy, who beat the Patriots defense up the sideline, but he couldn’t hang on to the ball in the end zone as Patriots safety Devin McCourty raced over to help knock the ball loose.
On the next play, Dan Carpenter missed a 48-yard field goal to give the Patriots great field position and the Patriots offense was able to take advantage, as James White caught a 20-yard touchdown pass six plays later to give the Patriots a 10-3 halftime lead and the momentum going into the second half.
“The thing at the end, we were close to catching a touchdown pass, we don’t convert, missed the field goal, they get the ball back and they didn’t have to score but they did,” Ryan said. “[If we] made the tackle we would have been off the field and unfortunately, that kid makes a great run and was able to knock it in the end zone. That one really hurt us, but to their credit they made that play.”
With the loss, Ryan is now 4-11 against the Patriots for his career and his teams are now 3-18 following a win since the start of the 2012 season.
The Bills will play at Kansas City next Sunday, as they sit at 5-5 and in the thick of the AFC wild card race.
“Obviously, we’ve got some huge challenges in front of us ‘ we’ve got to play in another short week again on the road ‘ which is two out of three games,” Ryan said. “The NFL [is] not doing us any favors, but you know what, it is the way it is.”
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