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November 11, 2012

Missed opportunities

Tom Brady tosses 2 TD passes in 37-31 Pats' win over the Bills

FOXBOROUGH Mass. —  

New England simply doesn't lose at home to Buffalo.

Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns, Devin McCourty ended Buffalo's hopes with an interception in the end zone, and the Patriots kept the surprisingly tough Bills winless at Gillette Stadium with a 37-31 victory on Sunday.

The Patriots (6-3) let a 17-3 lead slip to 34-31 with 7:47 left on Ryan Fitzpatrick's 2-yard pass to Donald Jones. Then the Bills (3-6) held the Patriots to a 27-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

Buffalo moved to the New England 15 before Fitzpatrick threw the ball right into the hands of McCourty while trying to hit T.J. Graham.

New England is 11-0 against the Bills at Gillette since it opened in 2002 and 23-2 overall in its last 25 games against Buffalo.

The Patriots were coming off a bye that followed their best game of the season, a 45-7 win over the St. Louis Rams in London. The Bills have lost five of six.

Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 40 passes for 337 yards, the second time this season he's thrown for more than 339. The other came when he threw for 350 in a 52-28 loss to the Patriots in the fourth game. He also threw for two touchdowns Sunday, but his only interception ruined the Bills' upset chances.

Brady was 23 for 38 for 237.

The game was closer than expected considering the Patriots led the NFL in points and yards gained and the Bills were next to last in points and yards allowed.

The Patriots extended their streak to 11 straight scoring possessions against the Bills with a field goal and three touchdowns on their first four series Sunday. In the previous meeting, New England scored on its last seven series: six touchdowns followed by a field goal.

But not even that — and 13 Buffalo penalties through three quarters — could give the Patriots a secure lead and they entered the fourth quarter ahead 31-24.

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