Vs Bills: Part III.
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the Bills executed the infamous BB double Halftime score to take a 16 to
13 lead to start the 3rd. "These backs are really good. McCoy is as
good as any back in the league and he can go anywhere, inside, outside. If
you take away the outside he can kill you inside. If you take away the
inside he can kill you outside. He’s got great vision and quickness. We
saw that on the catch-and-run play he had out there in the flat," BB
said. "It’s really down to team defense. You just can’t take away
one thing. Stop the outside run, or stop the inside run, or stop the trap
or stop the stretch. It’s too many different runs and he’s too good at
finding space, so it really comes down to team defense. Everybody across
the board doing a good job and not giving him a lot of space to
operate." The Bills success was also predicated on stopping the Pats
while Brady has sucked in the 1st Half the past few weeks, he has been HOF
Brady in the 2nd Half. "That's pretty cool. We have a lot of goals
and we're trying to win every time out [there]. and sometimes it looks
great and sometimes it doesn't," Brady said. "The goal is to
win. We've played some good teams and we played a good second half, so I
was really happy with that. [We're] 12-3 with one game to go. 13-3 would
be a pretty great year. We've just got to finish strong." Brady
started off the 2nd Half hot.
started with a beautiful 19-yard pass to Gronk going down the Seam between
two Safeties and a trailing linebacker. "I mean, it's the end of the
season. It's after Thanksgiving, where the games really count," Gronk
said. "That was a huge win. I mean, you think the Steelers win was
huge? That was the same magnitude of a victory. We've got to have another
good week now. We've got to be focused. We've got to be in the zone, and
that's what it's going to take to come out, to have another good week and
get another win."
and 10, they ran Dion up the gut for 8. "We just got to do what we
got to do for the team. I just had to take on a little bit bigger of a
role than I usually have all year and I embrace it," Dion said.
"I love to play and love to get the ball. When you get opportunities
like that you just got to make the most of them. I know we had James and
Rex out today, so I was just prepared for anything. I prepare every week
the same no matter if I think I'm getting [the ball] a lot or if I'm going
to get [the ball] a lot. I just prepare the same way and it helps me be
ready for moments like this." They went into the speed up offense.
hit Cooks for a First. He danced over midfield to the 35. After Dion ran
for naught, they lined up Empty. Brady hit Amendola outside for very
little. 3rd and 4, Pats lined up in a Singleback. They ran Dion. He
twisted forward for three. They rushed up to the line in a big Singleback
on 4th and 1.
reached over the magic yellow line, and the friggin' ref spotted the ball
two yards short. "Well I didn’t really get a good look at it but
the coaches upstairs thought it was close. I think because it was right on
the line they were able to see whether or not it crossed the line to gain.
I guess there’s a [magic] yellow line on TV, or something like
that," BB said. "That they thought it was worth challenging. We
didn’t get a lot out of it. We kicked a field goal, but it was really
the coaches upstairs did a good job of spotting that and feeling it was
worth the challenge and it was. They made a good call on that." BB
threw the red flag, and it was obviously a First.
Pats lined up at the 25, in a Singleback. They ran Dion, and two guys got
penetration. He couldn't get back to the LOS. 2nd and 10, Empty. Brady had
time and threw flat footed to Amendola for Nine, but the ref gave him ten
for a 1st.
Pats quickly went I, and ran a Dive to Lewis. 2nd and 8, Pats lined up in
a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. They ran a screen to Lewis. He danced out of one
tackle, but couldn't get out of the second. 3rd and 5, Pats in a 4-Wide
Weak shotgun. Brady got Sacked to force the Field goal. Pats-16. Bills-16.
and 10, and the Bills choke again. They ran a fake screen, which allowed
Brown to burst up the middle and sack Taylor for minus 15. "That was
a huge play for us," BB said. "Buffalo had had a lot of success
throughout the game on the first play of their drive, the drive starter.
They had several solid plays and a couple of big plays on that:
15-yarders, the long pass on play-action. That was a big stop for us, but
they were doing a good job of getting the drive going and getting the
was another bootleg and we played it better and Malcom made a good play to
trip Taylor up. That put them in long yardage. Then we got the punt. Then
we were able to convert the score there. So it was a good complementary
series with our defense, special teams, offense. We were able to go on a
little bit of run there in the end of the 3rd and the start of the 4th
and 25, the Bills lined up in a 3-Wide I. The Pats matched up in a 4-3
with five guys on the line. They ran Tolbert into Lee, and Brown helped to
bring him down. 3rd and 25, 4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pat went Prevent.
Taylor threw under the umbrella. The Pats DBs close in on McCoy quickly to
force the punt. Amendola retuned the punt to the 35, after a 55-yard punt.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. They faked a Jet Sweep. Brady
handed it to Gillislee. He cuts back for 7. Then the Pats went quickly
back to a Singleback. "It says a lot. I mean, our running backs, the
way that they work, the way that they work together and just step in, fill
the hole, is just unbelievable," Gronk said. "I mean, they've
been doing that since camp this year, just stepping right in. Whoever is
in at running back is doing a great job, and it's just awesome to see
that. It's good to know that whoever's in there at running back can just
keep on stepping it up. They're all great players." They give it to
Gillislee again, and he burst up the middle for 12.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a Singleback, They ran play action. Brady
fired a bullet too far out in front of Gronk. But he leaped forward,
extended his long spider arms, and snagged the ball. He kept running to
the Bills 30.
Pats went into a Big Singleback again. They ran play action, and Brady
threw it behind Gronk. He leaped up, and spun back to snag the ball.
"I did have my hands on the ball. It would have been a really tough
catch," Gronk said. "But I mean, I was mad at myself for not
coming down with it, too, because as a competitor, you want to come down
with that ball every single time. But, I got the PI call, which was huge.
I mean, it's just as big as a catch. We ran the ball in. So I've just got
to keep on playing hard. When balls come that way, you've got to come down
with them. But, if not, you got the PI call, so it was cool." But he
was interfered with as he tried to get his hands on it, and the ball got
Pats lined up fast again at the One in a Goal line I. They ran Gillislee
up the gut, but Bills got penetration. But Brady had Andrews hike the ball
early, because the Bills didn't get everyone off the field again. 1st and
Goal from the 1/2, the Pats lined up in the same formation, and ran the
same play. Gillislee ran untouched into the Endzone. Pats-23. Bills-16.
Bills tried to run Shady outside, but the best player in the NFL the past
two weeks, Trey Flower, shoved off the OLG, and hit Shady behind the line.
"We just kept fighting," Flowers said. "We knew we were
going to get everything they've got and they've got some great players and
they made good plays, but we just continued to fight and just made the
plays when it came down to it." 2nd and 11, the Pats matched up in a
3-3 Nickel. Taylor had time. He threw high to the 6-6 Benjamin, and
Gilmore just couldn't get up high enough to defend the pass.
and 10, the Bills went 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats matched up in a
3-4. they tried to run Shady off tackle, but Flowers and Brown stopped
him. 2nd and 7, Bills lined up in a Singleback. Pats matched up in a 4-2
Nickel. They run a Toss right to McCoy. "We just tightened up a
little bit more," Gilmore said. "What they ran in the 1st half,
they ran in the 2nd half. We had an idea of what they were going to do. We
just played techniques in the 2nd half and were able to make more
plays." Gilmore shoved him out of bounds as he tried to turn the
and 2, the Bills lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. The Pat matched up in a
3-3 Nickel. McCoy tried to stretch it outside, but when he turned up field
Flowers was waiting for him. "There was definitely an emphasis [on
containing Taylor]," Flowers said. "We understood that they
wanted to attack the outside with perimeter runs. Containing the
quarterback was also a big issue and an emphasis for us this week."
Flowers hustled all the way down the line, and dived out and grabbed him
from the side, after Butler and Chung turned him inside. Chung was hurt on
this play. Then the Bills missed the FG! 4th quarter
and 10, the Pats lined up in a shotgun looking to put a hurt on the Bills.
Brady had to step up in the pocket. He finally dumped it off to Allen, who
the Bills weren't covering. So he was able to run over midfield to the 38.
and 10, Singleback. Brady handed the ball to Dion. He shot through the
middle like a cannonball, and ran down to the 22. "They have a great
defense with good pass rushers," Solder said. "So the more runs
we can get, the more clock we can run out, and the more we can wear them
out, is great for us." 1st and 10, Singleback, Dion ran for a cloud
of dust, but didn't go down. He dived, crawled, and spun forward for three
and 3, Empty. Brady had time as he shuffled to the left. He finally threw
to Cooks for the First. They went Singleback again. Gillislee got hit
behind the line. Then hit behind the line again, and finally hit again
behind the line and went down. 2nd and 11, Pats in a Singleback again.
Play action. Brady was sacked by Hughes, but he fell over the line of
11, Pats in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. They ran a screen to Dion. He caught it
turned up field. He saw a lane, and exploded through the defense like a
rocket for a TD. "A lot of fun," Dion said. "It's Christmas
Eve, I'm out there doing what I love to do with a great group of guys. It
was definitely a lot of fun. And I'm just happy we won." Pats-30.
Bills-16. Game. Set. Match.
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