Patriots run all over Bills

New England ground game sparks huge 2nd half

Ralph Wilson Stadium 

The New England Patriots came out of halftime down 14-7 and proceeded to score 45 second half points against the Buffalo Bills to take a 52-28 victory on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Patriots (2-2) added a rushing element that is rarely seen from them, as they had two running backs rush for 100 yards each for the first time since 1982.

Stevan Ridley rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Bolden had 132 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Tom Brady improved as the game progressed as he guided the patriots to dominant offensive display after the halftime break.  Brady threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns and rushed one in.

Rob Gronkowski had quite the impact in the game but not all of it was positive.

The big Pats tight end made a key 41 yard reception that led to New England’s opening score but also had a costly fumble that led to the Bills go ahead touchdown in the second quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter Gronkowski got involved again and caught a 28 yard touchdown to give the Patriots the lead back.

Ryan Fitzpatrick made some big plays for the Bills (2-2) but some of them were risky and led to turnovers.  Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns but it was all for not as he was also picked off four times.

Scott Chandler caught two touchdowns in the first half but was quiet in the second half when the Bills needed a clutch play.

Fred Jackson was playing injured but was still productive rushing for 29 yards while adding 50 yards receiving.

CJ Spiller might have come back from a shoulder injury a week early, as his costly fumble on the goal-line at the end of the first half would have given the Bills a 14 point lead going into the half.

The Bills have now lost the last five games against the Patriots when they went into halftime with lead.

The two AFC East rivals are now both at 2-2 on the season with the Patriots and Jets tied for first with divisional wins over Buffalo.

Buffalo plays the San Francisco 49ers (3-1) next week, while New England faces a familiar foe as Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos into Foxborough.

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By: John Spurr
Posted: Oct 3 2012 5:41 pm
Filed under: Hockey Sports