Patriots can’t hold early 21-0 lead against Bills

Fred Jackson and the Bills stunned the Patriots.

No, these are not the same old Bills.

Going into yesterday, Buffalo had lost 15 straight to the Patriots. Now that streak — along with some measure of confidence in New England’s ability to close — is history.

Rian Lindell hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bills a stunning 34-31 win and spoiling record-setting days by Tom Brady and Wes Welker (see box, right).

The Pats took a 21-0 lead on three early TD passes by Brady. But Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bills back within 24-17 by the time the third quarter wrapped up.

Bills running back Fred Jackson tied it at 24 with a 1-yard scoring run early in the fourth, and Drayton Florence returned a Brady interception — one of four on the day — 27 yards to paydirt 14 seconds later.

Brady and Welker connected to tie it at 31 with 3:25 to play, but Buffalo simply marched it down the field after a touchback. Jackson appeared to score on a 39-yard reception with 1:43 to go, but he was ruled down at the 1.

That allowed the Bills to kill the clock and ultimately score the upset.


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