New England running back Rex Burkhead scored two touchdowns to help the Patriots secure their eighth-straight victory – a 23-3 beatdown of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.
Quarterback Tom Brady continued his dominance over the AFC East rival – completing 21 of his 30 throws for 258 total yards. He did have an interception during the game, but improved to 27-3 against the Bills – breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent. Favre collected 26 wins over Detroit throughout the course of his career.
The game saw the Patriots running game come back to life as running back Dion Lewis had 92 rushing yards on the day while Burkhead had 78. Tight end Rob Gronkowski finished the day with nine catches and 147 total yards.
There were no touchdowns scored in the first half by either team. New England relied on kicker Stephen Gostowski for three field goals while Buffalo only put up one and the Pats took a 9-3 lead into the second half.
The first touchdown for New England came in the third quarter on their first offensive drive despite Gronkowski being flagged for for offensive pass interference and a false start.
Brady capped off the drive by handing the ball off to Burkhead and watched him run into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown and a 16-3 lead.
They opened up their lead with another scoring drive thanks to a 14-yard touchdown run from Burkhead.
With the game out of reach, things only started to get worse for Buffalo as quarterback Tyrod Taylor was carted off the field after he suffered a knee injury. Backup QB Nathan Peterman, who threw five interceptions two weeks ago during his NFL debut, took over for the remainder of the game.
He did get the Bills to the one-yard line, but two pass breakups from cornerback Stephon Gilmore kept the game at 23-3 and helped keep the Bills out of the end zone.
Things got tense in the final five minutes of the game after a pass intended for Gronkowski was intercepted by cornerback Tre’Davious White. There was a missed defensive pass interference call that Gronkowski was unhappy wasn’t called and slammed his elbow into the back of White’s head while he was still down.
Despite punting the ball back to the Bills with just under two minutes to play, they still couldn’t find the end zone and the Pats won their 10 game of the season.
With the win, New England improved to 10-2 while Buffalo fell to 6-6 on the season.
The win also secured the 15-consecutive time the Pats have won at least 10 games in a season. The San Francisco 49ers hold the record with 16-straight seasons from 1983-98.
The Patriots look to continue their momentum against their AFC East rival, the Miami Dolphins (5-7), on Monday Night Football in Miami.
Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.