The Patriots have swept the season series against the Bills for the 10th time in the last 12 years and earned their 22nd series sweep of Buffalo. New England has now won their last 12 games against the Bills at home, including an 11-0 record against Buffalo at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots have now won 23 of the last 25 games in the series.
PATRIOTS STRONG IN SEASON’S SECOND HALF
The Patriots opened the second half of the 2012 regular season with a victory over the Bills. Since the 2010 season, the Patriots are now a combined 17-0 in the second half of the regular season. In both 2010 and 2011, the Patriots were 8-0 in the second half of the regular season. The last time the Patriots lost a game in the second half of the regular season was in the 2009 regular-season finale, a 34-27 loss at Houston on Jan. 3, 2010.
PATRIOTS SCORE ON THE GROUND
The Patriots had a pair of rushing touchdowns against Buffalo and have now scored 14 times on the ground this season. New England is on pace to total 25 rushing touchdowns this year, which would be the second-highest such total in team history. The last time the Patriots had 25 or more rushing touchdowns in a season was 1978, when they scored a franchise-record 30 times on the ground. The NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a season is 36, by Green Bay in 1962.
DANNY WOODHEAD HAS FIRST CAREER TWO-TOUCHDOWN GAME
GRONKOWSKI HAS SCORED AT LEAST ONE TOUCHDOWN IN EVERY GAME HE HAS PLAYED AGAINST BUFFALO
PATRIOTS HAVE SCORED 30 OR MORE POINTS AGAINST BUFFALO IN SIX STRAIGHT GAMES
The Patriots have scored 30 or more points against Buffalo in six straight games after finishing with 37 points against Buffalo this afternoon. The Patriots scored a season-high 52 points in the first meeting in 2012.
McCOURTY INTERCEPTION ENDS GAME
DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE IN NOVEMBER
The Patriots have the highest winning percentage in division games from November until the end of the season since 2002.
DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE PART II
The New England Patriots own a 56-15 (.789) record in regular season AFC East games since the beginning of the 2001 season, compiling the best intra-division record of any team in the NFL.
BRADY ON PACE FOR FIFTH SEASON WITH 4,000 OR MORE YARDS PASSING
Tom Brady now has a total of 2,645 yards through nine games in 2012 and is on pace to total 4,702 passing yards this year. If Brady tops 4,000 passing yards this season it will be his fifth career season with more than 4,000 yards, joining Dan Marino (6), Drew Brees (6), Brett Favre (6) and Peyton Manning (11) as the only players to have at least five seasons with 4,000 passing yards. Brady reached 4,000 yards passing for the fourth time in his career in 2011. Brady had 4,110 yards in 2005, 4,806 in 2007, 4,398 in 2009 and 5,235 in 2011.
All-time 4,000-yard passing seasons
11 Peyton Manning
6 Dan Marino
6 Drew Brees
6 Brett Favre
4 Tom Brady
4 Warren Moon
4 Philip Rivers
WILFORK GETS A SACK AND FORCED FUMBLE
THREE FIELD GOALS FOR GOSTKOWSKI
GRONKOWSKI NOW HAS 36 CAREER TOUCHDOWNS (35 RECEIVING AND 1 RUSHING)
Since he entered the NFL in 2010, Gronkowski has 35 career touchdown receptions and 36 total touchdowns. The NFL record for most overall touchdowns in a player’s first three NFL seasons is 47 by Barry Sanders and the record for most touchdown receptions in a player’s first three NFL seasons is 43 by Randy Moss. Gronkowski (10 touchdowns in 2010 and 18 in 2011) can become the first tight end in NFL history with three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons. Gronkowski and Antonio Gates (13 in 2004 and 10 in 2005) are the only tight ends to have back-to-back 10-plus touchdown seasons.
PATRIOTS OFFENSE ON PACE TO SET THE NFL RECORD FOR MOST FIRST DOWNS IN A SEASON
The Patriots have 259 first downs through nine games this season, giving them an average of 29 per game and a pace to finish the year with 460, which would smash the NFL record of 416 total first downs by New Orleans in 2011. The Patriots’ 399 first downs in 2011 are second all-time in NFL history.
NFL RECORD FOR MOST FIRST DOWNS IN A SEASON
416 New Orleans in 2011
399 New England in 2011
398 Kansas City in 2004
PATRIOTS ON PACE TO BREAK FRANCHISE RECORD FOR MOST NET YARDS
The Patriots have 3,873 net yards through the first nine games in 2012 and are on pace to finish with 6,885 yards, a total which would rank fourth in NFL history and set a new franchise record. The Patriots finished the 2011 season with 6,848 total net yards, setting a new franchise record for most total net yards in a season. That total is fourth all-time in NFL history.
MOST TOTAL NET YARDS/SEASON PATRIOTS
6,848 in 2011
6,580 in 2007
6,357 in 2009
MOST TOTAL NET YARDS/ NFL
7,474 New Orleans in 2011
7,075 St. Louis in 2000
6,936 Miami in 1984
6,848 Patriots in 2011
WELKER EXTENDS STREAK TO 103 CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH AT LEAST ONE RECEPTION
LONGEST CURRENT STREAKS / CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION
*187 Tony Gonzalez
*126 Larry Fitzgerald
*104 Reggie Wayne
103 Wes Welker
*101 Anquan Boldin
*94 Andre Johnson
*-Not including this week’s games
WELKER RECEPTION PACE
Wes Welker has 66 receptions through nine games this season and is on pace to total 117 catches in 2012. If Wes Welker reaches 100 receptions in 2012, he will become the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons. Welker’s four seasons with 100 or more receptions ties Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice for the NFL record.
MOST 100-RECEPTIONS SEASON IN NFL HISTORY
Player - 100-reception seasons
Wes Welker 4
Marvin Harrison 4
Jerry Rice 4
Brandon Marshall 3
Herman Moore 3
Andre Johnson 3
Reggie Wayne 3
GRONKOWSKI ON PACE FOR ANOTHER SOLID SEASON
Rob Gronkowski has 46 catches for 611 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. If Gronkowski keeps up his current 2012 pace, he would finish with 82 catches for 1,086 yards and 14 touchdowns.
RIDLEY FINISHES JUST SHY OF 100 YARDS
Stevan Ridley finished the game against Buffalo with 98 rushing yards on 22 carries and added his sixth touchdown of the year. Ridley has four games this year with 100 or more rushing yards. The Patriots record for most 100-yard games in a season is nine by Curtis Martin in 1995. The last Patriots player to have at least five 100-yard rushing days was Corey Dillon with eight in 2004.
RIDLEY HAS SIXTH RUSHING TOUCHDOWN; ON PACE TO FINISH WITH 11
Ridley scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He is on pace to finish with 11 touchdowns this season. It would be 13th time in Patriots history that a running back finished a season with 10 or more touchdowns rushing.
RIDLEY STARTS STRONG
Stevan Ridley has a total of 814 rushing yards through nine games this season. Ridley is on pace to total 1,447 rushing yards, which would give him the 15th 1,000-yard rushing season in Patriots history and make him the 12th Patriots’ player to reach 1,000 yards rushing. Ridley is on pace to become the fourth Patriots player with at least 1,400 yards rushing in a season.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH AT LEAST ONE TOUCHDOWN PASS CONTINUES FOR BRADY
Tom Brady has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in 41 straight regular season games following a 2-yard touchdown pass to TE Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter. It is the third longest streak, behind Drew Brees at 52 (current) and Johnny Unitas (47) (1956-60). Brady’s current streak started when he threw a touchdown pass in all 16 games in 2010 and 2011 and now the first nine games of 2012. The old team record was 19 games, also set by Brady.
PATRIOTS GO OVER 30 POINTS FOR SIXTH TIME IN 2012; PATRIOTS TIED NFL RECORD FOR MOST 30-POINT GAMES IN A SINGLE SEASON IN 2011
The New England Patriots scored 37 points in the win vs. Buffalo for their sixth game in 2012 with 30 or more points. The Patriots scored 30 points 12 times in 2011 to tie the NFL record for most 30-point games in a single season. The 2007 Patriots and the 1999 St. Louis Rams also had 12 30 point games. The NFL record for most consecutive 30-point games in a single season is eight by the 2007 and 2010 Patriots and the 2000 St. Louis Rams.
DL ROB NINKOVICH RECORDS HIS FIFTH SACK OF THE SEASON
DL Rob Ninkovich registered a second quarter sack for his fifth of the season. Ninkovich had a career-high with 6.5 sacks in 2011.
WELKER MOVES PART FRYAR FOR FOURTH ON ALL-PURPOSE YARDS LIST
Welker (8,303) moved past Irving Fryar (8,184) for fourth place on the Patriots all-time all-purpose yards list, behind Kevin Faulk (12,349), Stanley Morgan (11,468) and Troy Brown (11,053) with his 74 yards receiving.
MAYO ON PACE FOR HIGH TACKLE TOTAL
MAYO AND SPIKES ON PACE FOR 100 TACKLES
Jerod Mayo and
Belichick Era Multiple 100 Tacklers
Tedy Bruschi – 124
Ty Warren – 117
Mike Vrabel – 101
Rodney Harrison – 138
Tedy Bruschi – 128
Ted Johnson – 112
Rodney Harrison – 140
Tedy Bruschi – 137
Roman Phifer – 133
Lawyer Milloy – 121
Tedy Bruschi - 105