The Buffalo Bills blew an early 21-point lead and saw their top wide receiver benched, falling to the New England Patriots 49-21 Sunday in their season finale. The Bills finish the season at 6-10.
Buffalo scored on its first three possessions of the game in the first quarter, behind touchdowns from Tashard Choice, Steve Johnson and C.J. Spiller. However, much like when the Patriots led the two teams first matchup 21-0 in Week Three, the lead was short lived. The Patriots would score 49 unanswered points en route to clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
After Johnson's score, he lifted up his shirt to reveal "Happy New Year" written across his shirt. He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Head coach Chan Gailey had previously warned against penalties that hurt the team following another Johnson celebration in November against the Jets. As a result, Gailey benched Johnson for the remainder of the game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, but was hurt by four interceptions.
Amherst's Rob Gronkowski had two touchdowns and 108 yards receiving, setting the NFL single-season record for most receiving yards by a tight end, with 1,327. Gronkowski finished with 18 touchdowns at the position for the season, also a new league record.
Tom Brady threw for 338 yards to finish with 5,235, the second most yards
passing in NFL history, behind Drew Brees 5,486 this season.