A week after beating the Patriots as the AFC East Division champions, the win also maintains the Bills’ hopes of securing a top-three seed for the AFC playoffs.
The Bills (12-3) swept the Patriots for the last time in 1999. The last division opponents to sweep the Patriots were the Jets and Dolphins in 2000. The Patriots’ 19 straight seasons without losing both games to a division opponent were an NFL record. New England (6-9) will end with their first loss record since Bill Belichick’s first season in 2000.
Allen finished 27 of 36 for 320 yards. He now has 34 touchdown passes, overtaking Jim Kelly to set a franchise record in one season. With his eighth game from 300 yards, he also surpassed Drew Bledsoe’s one-season team record of seven.
Stefon Diggs had nine catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns, setting the Bills’ one-season record for receiving yards.
The Patriots struggled to move the ball for most of the night with running back Damien Harris for the second game in a row due to an ankle injury. Cam Newton had a touchdown but was only 5 of 10 for 34 passing yards before being called out in the third quarter for substitute Jarrett Stidham.
Newton’s 34 yards are the lowest by a Patriots starting quarterback since 1993.
The Bills had no trouble moving the ball against an exhausted Patriots defense that missed linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley and defensive tackle Lawrence Guy, who were inactive and with a shoulder injury.
Their absences were the most glaring in the passing game. New England struggled to put pressure on Allen, giving him time to find open receivers. The Patriots allowed a season-worst 474 yards for the game.
The Patriots closed at 10-9 on Newton’s 9-yard rush to TD in the second quarter, but Nick Folk missed the extra point and the Bills walked away from there.
Buffalo used his passing game to walk the field on the next walk. Allen completed 5 of 7 throws for 59 yards and a 4-yard TD to Lee Smith.
After a quick hat-trick by New England, the Bills returned to work.
Allen missed his first pass of the disc, then connected with Diggs for 17 yards to bring the ball into midfield. Diggs went free again in the next game, slipping past JC Jackson down a hill and sprinting the final 32 yards for the touchdown to reach 24-9.
The Allen-Diggs connection again worked on the opening disc of the second half. Allen found Diggs three times during an eight-game, 75-yard practice that ended in an 18-yard TD play by the star receiver.
Bills: S Jordan Poyer was assisted off the field at the end of the second quarter to be assessed for a head injury.
Patriots: DE Tashawn Bower started in the first quarter with a neck injury… LB Josh Uche came out in the second quarter with a foot injury… LB Terez Hall started in the third quarter with an ankle injury… S Devin McCourty came out in the third quarter with a shoulder injury… C David Andrews started in the third quarter with a calf injury… RG Shaq Mason came out in the third quarter with a foot injury. … LB Anfernee Jennings started in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.
With his TD run in the second quarter, his 12th of 2020, Newton tied Steve Grogan for the franchise record in one season for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. It also marked Newton’s 70th career with TD, extending his NFL record for rushing TD by a quarterback.
Bills: Welcome the dolphins on Sunday.
Patriots: Host the Jets on Sunday.