McAdam: With passing attack sputtering, Patriots dominate with ground game

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH -- Having lost their best deep threat for the remainder of the season during the week and with their quarterback less than sharp -- and seemingly hobbled -- in recent weeks, the Patriots didn't try anything fancy Sunday.

Instead, they went back to basics and opted to run around, over and through the Buffalo Bills in a 24-12 win at Gillette Stadium that helped clinched the franchise's 10th straight AFC East title.

The Pats ran 47 times and chewed up 273 yards on the ground, their second-highest single-game total under Bill Belichick and their biggest total since 2008. Sony Michel led the way with 116 yards on 18 attempts, while James White contributed 41 yards on eight carries.

Even Cordarrelle Patterson, reprising his role out of the backfield from earlier in the season, chipped in with 66 yards on just four tries.