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BSJ Game Report: Bills 24, Patriots 21 – Cam Newton fumbles on final drive; 4 straight losses

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Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ loss to the Bills in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Newton fumbles it away: The Patriots appeared to be driving towards a game-winning drive deep in Bills territory when Cam Newton was stripped by reserve Bills DT Justin Zimmer at the 14-yard line with 31 seconds remained to fall 3.5 games behind Buffalo in the AFC East.

"I'm jeopardizing this team's success by my lackluster performance protecting the football," Newton said. "I didn't get the job done today."

Three of the Patriots' five losses have come by six points or less.

"This is the third time we've been in this situation and we just haven't made enough plays," said Bill Belichick. "We had our opportunities today, obviously. ... Just came up a little short. Disappointing."

"Cam's our quarterback," said Belichick.

Defense gets torn up: The Bills rushed 38 times for 190 yards. In the second half, three of the Bills' four drives went for more than 50 yards and resulted in 17 points. Buffalo had runs of 21, 19, 18. 17 and 14 yards. The Bills seemed to target Adrian Phillips and Ja'Whaun Bentley in the box, and the line got gashed all day and it got worse after Lawrence Guy left with a shoulder injury.

Damien Harris pops: