The· Buffalo Bills Place the cherry blossoms on top of the AFC East area guard change.
A week after dismissing the Patriots as division champion, Buffalo became the AFC East team for the first time in 20 years, sweeping New England in a 38-9 win on Monday night.
Joshualen passed four touchdowns to help Bills stay in the second-seeded mix of the AFC playoffs.
Bills (12-3) last swept the Patriots in 1999. The last division’s opponents to sweep the Patriots were the 2000 Jets and Dolphins. NFL Record. New England (6-9) ends with the first defeat record since Bill Belichick’s first season in 2000.
Allen was 27 at 36 at 320 yards. He currently has 34 touchdown passes, surpassing Jim Kelly and setting a record for the franchise’s single season. In his eighth 300-yard match, he also surpassed Drew Bledsoe’s single-season team record of 7.
“There’s only one match left, and it’s all, it’s cool, record, this and that,” Allen said. “But the plan is to reach 13-3 and give them a chance in the playoffs. If we can’t get it done, it doesn’t make much sense.”
Stephen Digs set a record for Bills’ single season to receive the yard with nine catches and three touchdowns at 145 yards.
“I’m new to this team and I enjoy the atmosphere of everyone,” Diggs said. “I have a young quarterback hitting the ball.”
Patriots had an ankle injury that kicked Damian Harris out for two consecutive games and struggled to move the ball most of the night. Cam Newton did a touchdown run, but was 5 out of 10 on a 34-yard pass before being pulled in the third quarter for backup Jarrett Stydam.
Newton’s 34-yard pass is the least by the Patriots, who have started quarterbacks since 1993.
He said the season was frustrating because the work he put in didn’t lead to a win.
“I made a lot of sacrifices this year. It hurts to go out tonight,” he said.
Belichick told the New York Jets that he hadn’t decided who would start the Patriots finale on Sunday.
“It was an opportunity to give him the opportunity to play,” Belichick said of inserting Stydam. “Cam did a good job for us. That wasn’t a problem. At first it wasn’t very competitive.”
Bills had no problem moving the ball against the Patriots’ defense, who lost linebacker Jawan Bentley and defensive tackle Lawrence Guy due to a shoulder injury.
Their absence was most obvious in pass games. New England struggled to put pressure on Allen and gave him time to find an open receiver. The Patriots allowed the worst 474 yards of the season.
“They totally surpassed us, surpassed us, and guided us,” Belichick said.
The Patriots approached 10-9 in Newton’s 9-yard TD run in the second quarter, but Nick Falk missed an additional point and Bills was pulled away from it.
Buffalo used the pass game to go down the field on the next drive.Allen completed 5 out of 59 yards and 7 throws 4-yard TD to Reese Smith..
After a quick three-out by New England, Bills soon returned to work.
Allen misfired on the first pass of the drive and then connected 17 yards to Diggs to bring the ball to the midfield.Diggs was free again in the next play and slid diagonally behind JC Jackson Sprint the last 32 yards for a touchdown To make it 24-9.
The Allen-Diggs connection worked again on the late opening drive. Allen found Diggs three times during an eight-play 75-yard drive, ending with an 18-yard TD play by a star receiver.
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