FOXBORO – Despite keeping it close vs. the New England Patriots again, the Buffalo Bills once again came up short vs. them, losing 24-17 on Saturday, their seventh straight loss against New England.
On a positive note, Buffalo is locked as the number five seed for the AFC Playoffs.
In a turnover-free performance, Josh Allen finished completing half of his pass attempts, going 13-26 for 208 yards and two touchdowns, cracking the 3,000 yard passing plateau this season.
Allen also bumped his TD pass total to 20 on the season, doubling his total from his rookie season in 2018.
Devin Singletary accounted for half of Buffalo’s rushing yards total with 46.
John Brown caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Allen in the third quarter, his only reception of the game.
Offensive guard Dion Dawkins also caught an Allen touchdown pass, his second career touchdown reception.
Cole Beasley had game-highs of seven receptions and 108 yards, his second 100-yard receiving game in the last four.
On the defensive side, Matt Milano led the Bills defense with a game-high 12 total tackles.
Jordan Poyer added 11 tackles and a forced fumble.
Micah Hyde had seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
For New England, QB Tom Brady tossed for 271 yards and a touchdown on 26-33 passing.
Sony Michel rushed for a game-high 96 yards on 21 carries.
Julian Edelman had 72 yards on five receptions.
On the Patriots defense, Lawrence had six tackles and one of the team’s four sacks on Allen.
J.C. Jackson also had six tackles and a pair of pass deflections.
With the win, New England clinched the AFC East for the 11th consecutive season.
At 12-3, they will close out the regular season on Dec. 29 at 1:00, as they will host the Miami Dolphins on CBS.
Meanwhile, falling to 10-5 with the loss, Buffalo will also close out the regular season at home on Dec. 29 at 1:00, as they will host the New York Jets on CBS.