1:00 PM ET, December 28, 2008
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A year after Patriots perfection, New England will be sitting out the playoffs.A season that began distressingly with star quarterback Tom Brady's injury, concluded just short of a postseason berth despite a stunning 11-5 record. New England's blustery 13-0 victory Sunday over the Buffalo Bills wasn't enough to get the Patriots in.
• The Patriots have won 11 straight against the Bills and five straight in Buffalo. They closed season with four straight road wins.
• The Bills were shut out at home for first time since Oct. 23, 1983 (31-0 vs. the Patriots). They closed the season with five straight home losses and lost eight of their last 10 overall.
• The Bills became the first team since the 2005 49ers to not have a pass play in the first quarter.
• Matt Cassell was 6-for-8 for a season-low 78 yards
-- ESPN research
Patriots LT Matt Light did not return after hurting his shoulder in the fourth quarter. ... With one catch for 13 yards, Patriots WR Randy Moss upped his career total to 13,201 yards, moving to ninth in the NFL, 3 yards ahead of former Buffalo star Andre Reed. ... Jackson set career highs with 27 carries for 136 yards, playing in place of injured starter Marshawn Lynch (shoulder).
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.3||4.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||03:01||Stephen Gostkowski 33 Yd||3||0|
|TD||04:39||LaMont Jordan 2 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||10||0|
|FG||10:15||Stephen Gostkowski 23 Yd||13||0|