The Bills and Patriots delivered a memorable matchup the last time these teams faced off in Buffalo.
The Patriots asked rookie quarterback Mac Jones to attempt just three passes, and it worked out well in the blizzard, as New England rushed 46 times for 222 yards to come away with a 14-10 win against Buffalo.
But Buffalo had its revenge in Foxborough, racking up 33 points to beat the Patriots 33-21.
The two teams are looking to settle the tiebreaker in their AFC East rivalry this season with the rematch set to take place in Highmark Stadium. They were both among the best defenses in the NFL: Buffalo has the highest-ranked scoring defense (17 points per game) and total defense (272.8 yards per game), with New England ranking second and fourth in the two categories, respectively, with 310.8 yards and 17.8 points allowed per game.
On offense, Josh Allen helped lead the Bills to the third-most points scored this season (28.4 ppg) and the fifth-most yards (381.9 ypg). New England (27.2 ypg, 353.4 ppg_ ranked sixth and 15th in points scored and total yards, respectively.
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Patriots vs. Bills score
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9:55 p.m.: Patriots will start the second half with possession at their own 24.
End Second Quarter
9:39 p.m. Patriots scoring play: Nick Folk puts New England on the board with a 44-yard field goal just before halftime. One second remaining. Bills still lead 27-3.
9:37 p.m.: Jones connects with Meyers for a first down at the Buffalo 26 to convert on fourth down, and they’re able to get up to the line quick enough to spike it with seven seconds left.
9:35 p.m.: Patriots keep moving the chains with a pass of eight yards to Brandon Bolden and a 2-yard scramble by Jones to the 50. He’s sacked on the next play at the New England 48, prompting Bill Belichick to call a timeout with 30 seconds left.
9:34 p.m.: Bourne makes a 10-yard catch along the sideline to move the chains on the first play of the drive.
9:33 p.m.: Patriots let the ball reach the end zone, and they’ll start at their own 25.
9:30 p.m. Bills scoring play: Buffalo has yet to end a drive in anything but a touchdown. Singletary rushes out to the right and celebrates on his way into the end zone for the 16-yard score. Bills extend lead to 27-0.
9:27 p.m.: Allen breaks the ankles of De’Vante Bausby on a nine-yard scramble with a juke move right before the two-minute warning.
9:23 p.m.: A short pass and now a deep pass. Allen hits Stefon Diggs with a deep ball 45 yards down the field to move back into New England territory.
9:22 p.m.: McKenzie catches a pass behind the line and turns on the burners, darting down the field 19 yards to open the drive.
9:19 p.m.: The Bills are back on offense as the Patriots punt. Hyde returned it out two yards to the Bills’ 11. They have yet to end a drive without scoring.
9:17 p.m.: Jones is sacked back at the 42 for a loss of eight, and the Patriots get further backed up on a delay of game penalty. New England is now facing a 3rd-and-20.
9:15 p.m.: Patriots pick up the first after Levi Wallace is called for defensive pass interference on Agholor. Ball is spotted at the Pats’ 47.
9:13 p.m.: Olszewski returns the kickoff from the five out to the 21, as New England now finds itself down three scores.
9:07 p.m. Bills’ scoring play: Singletary finds enough of a gap behind the left guard to cut into the end zone for the four-yard touchdown, and Buffalo is clicking on all cylinders. The PAT was blocked. Bills extend lead to 20-0.
9:05 p.m.: Singletary cuts up nine yards to give Buffalo a first-and-goal.
9:03 p.m.: Another New England penalty keeps the Bills moving closer to the goal line. Bills have a first down at the Patriots 17 with 9:23 left in the half.
9:01 p.m.: A New England penalty moves the chains again for Buffalo before Allen connects with Gabriel Davis for a 22-yard gain to move back into Patriots’ territory.
8:59 p.m.: Singletary cuts through the left for a gain of three as he’s able to pick up the first down at the Bills’ 31.
8:54 p.m.: Damien Harris nearly reaches the first-down marker, but he couldn’t quite break it outside, and the Patriots are forced to punt. Hyde calls for the fair catch at the Bills’ 19.
End First Quarter
8:48 p.m.: On this kickoff, the Patriots will take the touchback and take the ball at their own 25 with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
8:44 p.m. Bills scoring play: The Knox-Allen connection continues to be strong in this one. Knox hauls in the 11-yard grab in the end zone on a laser from Allen as the Bills capitalize on the turnover. Bills lead 14-0.
8:44 p.m.: Allen just barrels up the middle for five yards to convert on another third-down try for Buffalo.
8:41 p.m.: Isaiah McKenzie makes an impressive leaping grab to pick up 19 yards and move Buffalo up to the Pats’ 22.
8:40 p.m.: Singletary gives Buffalo their second third-down conversion of the day, rushing for a six-yard pickup to move up to New England’s 41.
8:38 p.m.: Allen finds Knox wide open down the field for a 24-yard gain on the first play of the drive.
8:34 p.m.: Jones tries to find Nelson Agholor in the end zone, but he is picked off on a diving attempt by Micah Hyde, who slides out of bounds for a touchback. Bills will take over at their own 20.
8:34 p.m.: And now Jones shows that he too can make plays with his legs. He escapes pressure in the pocket and scrambles 16 yards up the right side to convert on another 3rd-and-long.
8:31 p.m.: Jones escapes a sack, and uses his mobility to extend the play before finding Hunter Henry at the 50-yard line for a 30-yard completion.
8:29 p.m.: Mac Jones has attempted a pass. This one goes out nine yards to Kendrick Bourne to give the Patriots a first down.
8:27 p.m.: Patriots kick-returner Gunner Olszewski takes the ball out of the end zone, but gets to only the 13 on the return.
8:22 p.m. Bills scoring play: This time, Allen uses his feet to roll out of the pocket, avoid a sack and float a pass up to tight end Dawson Knox, who was able to leap up and haul in the pass to open the scoring for the Bills. Bills lead 7-0.
8:21 p.m.: Allen again gashing New England’s defense with his legs. He rushes out to the right for a 15-yard gain to make it a 1st-and-goal from the New England 9.
8:18 p.m.: Josh Allen shows off the wheels, rushing for 26 yards out to the New England 31.
8:17 p.m.: Devin Singletary is able to fight across the marker for a gain of four to give the Bills the early first down.
8:15 p.m.: The Bills receive the opening kickoff, and will start at their own 30.
Patriots vs. Bills start time
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET.
The NFL’s second wild-card game on Saturday will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET from Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
What channel is Patriots vs. Bills on today?
- TV channel (national): CBS
- TV channel (Boston): WBZ 4
- TV channel (Buffalo): WIVB
- Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
Patriots vs. Bills will air nationally on CBS at 8:15 p.m ET. Ian Eagle and Charles Davis will call the game from the booth while Evan Washburn reports from the sidelines.
In Canada, viewers can watch Patriots vs. Bills with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.
NFL playoff schedule: Wild Card round
Saturday, Jan. 9
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||TV channel|
|Raiders at Bengals||4:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Patriots at Bills||8:15 p.m.||CBS|
Sunday, Jan. 10
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||TV channel|
|Eagles at Buccaneers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|49ers at Cowboys||4:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Steelers at Chiefs||8:15 p.m.||NBC|
Monday, Jan. 11
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||TV channel|
|Cardinals at Rams||8:15 p.m.||ABC, ESPN, ESPN2|