The New England Patriots put collectively an unorthodox sport plan to take care of a windy, snowy night time in Upstate New York and beat the Buffalo Bills, 14-10, regardless of making an attempt simply three passes all sport.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, the three cross makes an attempt had been the fewest for an NFL staff because the Buffalo Bills threw simply twice throughout a 1974 sport in opposition to the New York Jets.
The wind was an element instantly Monday night time with the opening kickoff from the Bills going via the top zone and touchdown a number of rows up into the stands. Later within the first quarter, the Patriots’ Jake Bailey managed solely a 15-yard punt with the wind in his face.
To fight the climate, the Patriots ran the ball 46 occasions, whereas quarterback Mac Jones accomplished two of his three makes an attempt for 19 yards. Jones threw a 12-yard cross to tight finish Jonnu Smith within the first quarter and did not throw once more till the fourth quarter when he tried passes on back-to-back performs, finishing one for seven yards.
Still, New England managed 241 yards of complete offense, regardless of the one-dimensional sport plan. Running again Damien Harris broke free for a 64-yard landing, and Patriots kicker Nick Folk made 41- and 34-yard discipline targets.
Buffalo’s offense was way more balanced with Josh Allen finishing 15 of his 30 makes an attempt for 145 yards and one landing. Kicker Tyler Bass missed a 33-yard discipline aim with fewer than eight minutes remaining, and the Bills turned the ball over on downs within the crimson zone on their final offensive possession of the sport.