New England Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills, 17-10

Every time they needed to today, the Patriots survived.

They overcame devastating injuries across their defensive line, ignored a subpar statistical day from their quarterback, and, most importantly, held on to a lead in the fourth quarter and won a pivotal game in the race for the playoffs.

Like last week, it was not always eye-catching. But the Patriots held off the Buffalo Bills for a 17-10 victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium, their 13th straight win over the Bills and t...

The Moss-shank Redemption Tour rolled through Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday and Randy’s people no doubt were happy with the returns.

The Patriots staggered to a grotesque 17-10 victory over the hideous Bills, winning their first legitimate road game (and it only took them until Dec. 20), and virtually locking up the soft-shell AFC East. On a day when Tom Brady looked like J.P. Losman, Moss returned to the land of the living with five catches for 70 yards, including a n...

The idea of "playing 60 minutes" is one of the oldest football cliches in the book. But after the way the Patriots have slumped to the finish line in recent weeks, it's been pounded into the players' heads.

And what it means to them, during the week at least, has been to take extra time to tie up all the loose ends. Did the Patriots really "finish" against the Bills? It's debatable, considering that Buffalo took them to the wire and, really, it was a bad drop in the red...

Perhaps the most important thing the Patriots did to aid their defense’s success yesterday was something me, you, or some dude in Section 223 could do just as well.

That, of course, was to accept penalties.

It was a flag that halted Buffalo’s first drive, and limited the Bills to 3 points after they had ripped through the Patriots’ injury-ravaged front like a fat kid navigating a box of Ho Hos. It was a flag that called off the recovered onside kick that would’ve giv...

Matt Light glanced up at the scoreboard hovering over Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday, the most pivotal day of the Patriots season, and peeked at the scores from out of town. Over the course of the afternoon, with the results from three games, Light knew their postseason aspirations would be crushed or cemented.

As word spread through the Patriots locker room following their own victory, a 17-10 survival against the Bills, the news gave the players reason to celebrate al...