Damien Harris scored on a 64-yard run in blustery conditions in which Mac Jones attempted just three passes, and the New England Patriots shored up their familiar place atop the AFC with a 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills
Damien Harris scored on a 64-yard run in blustery conditions in which Mac Jones attempted just three passes, et le New England Patriots shored up their familiar place atop the AFC with a 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.
Defensive back Miles Bryant sealed the victory by batting down Josh Allen’s pass at the goal line with Buffalo facing fourth-and-14 at New England’s 18 avec 1:55 remaining.
The Patriots leaned heavily on their ground game out-gaining the Bills 229 à 99 in yards rushing, with the cold, windy snowy night negating Allen’s strong-armed passing attack.
Nouvelle-Angleterre (9-4) won its seventh consecutive game, improved to 6-0 on the road this season and now has a two-win edge over the Bills (7-5) in the AFC East standings.
Harris finished with a season-best 111 yards rushing and opened the scoring on New England’s ninth play from scrimmage. Facing third-and-5, Harris burst though a gaping hole up the middle and was untouched on his way to the end zone.
With the Patriots facing the wind gusting up to 40 mi/h, entraîneur Bill Belichick succeeded on a 2-point conversion, with Brandon Bolden scoring just inside the left pylon.
The Patriots never trailed with Nick Folk hitting two field goals — both with the wind at his back — from 34 et 41 mètres.
The Bills continued their inconsistencies by losing four of their past seven, and have not won consecutive games since capping a 4-0 run spanning Sept. 19 to Oct. 10.
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