One football team played to win with its defense. The other did not.
The New England Patriots, victorious by a 24-17 score on Saturday, are the AFC East champs with an inside track to a first-round playoff bye. The Buffalo Bills, well, they are not, destined for what appears to be a road Wild Card weekend date with the Houston Texans.
All is not lost, though. As their coach, SeanMcDermott, now 25-22 in his career, noted that his team has to, “continue to learn from these experiences, as a young football team and continue to grow, so we get stronger and stronger.” Ice cream cones all around for this moral victory.
BillBelichick, coaching with confidence, wasn't about to let DevinSingletary be introduced to a national TV audience as the next big thing on the shores of Lake Erie.
He schemed the rookie back out, crowding the line and putting the ball in JoshAllen's hands. He rolled the dice and gave up a couple of monster plays. Allen came in with a pedestrian passer efficiency rating of 77.5. He helped that bump up with a 102.7 on Saturday.
There was the 33-yard pre-halftime shocker to DawsonKnox.
What a throw by Josh Allen and what a catch by rookie TE Dawson Knox. Dropped it in the bucket.
But yes, it was a painful loss that he carried home on the charter back to Buffalo, the final lasting memory being JamieCollins engulfing him as he lobs an unanswered prayer to the end zone that never had a chance.