Patriots Give Bills Blount Force Trauma, Earn First Round Playoff Bye

December 30, 2013 12:30 AM
Patriots Give Bills Blount Force Trauma, Earn First Round Playoff Bye
" By Gregory Hunt Thanks largely to the best game in the career of running back LeGarrette Blount, the New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 34-20 Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The victory gave New England a 12-4 record and allowed the Patriots to clinch the number two seed and a first round bye in the AFC playoffs.

Offense Grade: B+

Blount set the tone for the game with a physical nine-yard run on the game’s first play from scrimmage. By the end of the game, he had accumulated a career-best 189 yards rushing with two touchdowns. His final touchdown came on a 35-yard run with 2:40 remaining in the game to seal the win. Not wanting to be completely overshadowed, fellow running back Stevan Ridley made his longest run on the season on a 29-yard gain in the first quarter and he finished with a respectable 74 yards rushing. The Patriots exceeded their per-game rushing average of 119.9 yards by 12:29 of the second quarter, and the team finished with a season-high 267 yards rushing "

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