New England Patriots Rally To Beat The Buffalo Bills In Season Opener
For the 38th time in his storied career, Tom Brady led the Patriots to a come from behind win in the 4th quarter (or overtime). This time, his game winning drive beat the Buffalo Bills 23-21. It was a frustrating game for Brady, who was still trying to click with his very young receiving corps. Not on the field today (and sorely missed) were names like Gronkowski (forearm), Welker (Denver), Lloyd (free agent) and Hernandez (Dartmouth House of Correction).
It was a game dictated by turnovers. Steven Ridley watched the remainder of the game from the sidelines after fumbling twice (one of which was returned for a Bills touchdown). Brady threw a rare interception inside of two minutes to go before halftime...and fumbled the snap at the Buffalo goal line.
One bright spot was the play of running back Shane Vereen, who ran for his first career 100+ yard game.
Bills rookie head coach Doug Marrone was so committed to the fast paced offense that he gave Tom Brady repeated chances to come back and beat them...and Brady took him up on his offer. Marrone's quick paced offense bit them back when they went "three and out" the series prior to Gostowki's game winning field goal.
Patriots won their 10th straight season opener. New England has won 24 of their last 26 against Buffalo. Tom Brady's career record in 21-2 against the AFC East rival.