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Who won Monday Night Football? Patriots vs. Bills | Week 13

The New England Patriots lead the AFC after beating the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park on Monday Night. The Pats ran for over 200 yards in the win.

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The New England Patriots lead the AFC after beating the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park on Monday Night. The Pats ran for over 200 yards in the win.
Rich BarnesUSA TODAY Sports

If it wasn’t clear before, make no mistake about it now. The New England Patriots are legit. They went into Orchard Park and won a street fight against the Buffalo Bills to stretch their win streak to seven games. The Pats run game combined for 222 yards in the 14-10 victory in Buffalo.

Game of the year didn't disappoint

Weather conditions played a huge part of what was billed at the Game of the Year so far in the NFL. There were near blizzard like conditions pregame, but the snow subsided right before kickoff. Winds were still a factor as gusts were up to 55 mph throughout the game.

The Bills had a chance to win on the final drive of the game. They started the possession on the 25 yard line and drove all the way down the field, but New England came up with a stop on a long 4th and Goal. Josh Allen’s pass to Gabriel Davis was batted down by Myles Bryant and the defense, like they have done so many times, came up with the big play.

Turnovers, special teams and the run game are all keys to games where weather plays a factor Patriots were able to limit their giveaways, and run all over the Bills run defense. New England implemented a heavy dose of rushing into their offense on Monday night, throwing just three times, and handing the ball off 46 times. Jones’ three passes were the least amount of attempts in the NFL since 1974.

Harris, and Pats ran all over Bills

A couple of first quarter turnovers led to opening scores for both teams. After both teams exchanged three-and-outs on the first three possessions of the game, Josh Allen fumbled the hand off to Matt Breida. Three plays later Damien Harris broke a 64 yard touchdown run to open up the scoring in Highmark Stadium. Because of the wind the Pats went for two instead of the PAT and got it when Brandon Bolden snuck into the end zone on a dash to the left pylon.

On the following possession the Bills were held, but N’Keal Harry had the bouncing punt brush against his face mask and the Patriots recovered. Allen hit Davis on the next play for a 14 yard touchdown pass.

A Patriots answered back with a field goal on the next possession and they would take that 11-7 lead to halftime.

New England continued their running assault, rushing 32 consecutive times from the middle of the first quarter until late in the fourth quarter.

Field goals at a premium with strong Buffalo winds

The kicking game became crucial in the second half. The Bills came out of the break with the wind at their backs, and were able to drive down the field, setting up a 35-yard Tyler Bass field goal to cut the Patriots lead to a point.

Nick Folk answered back with his second field goal of the game on the next Patriots possession. During the drive there was a quarter change and the Patriots went from having the wind in their face to having it at their backs, making the 34-yard Folk field goal much easier.

The Bills drove down the field on the next drive and set up a field goal for Bass from 33 yards, but the Buffalo place kicker missed it as the wind yet again played a factor.

Buffalo would get one more chance, needing a touchdown to win the game down 14-10. On 4th down Allen failed to find Davis and the Patriots held on for their seventh straight win.

Patriots in pole position for home field in AFC

New England now leads the conference and are in the drivers seat for home field advantage in the AFC. Yes, the team that was once 2-4 on the season are now in pole position to host the playoffs, while the Bills drop their fourth game in the last seven.

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