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Bills run out of gas in 2nd half, fall to Patriots 37-16

Bills still have a chance at making playoffs
Bills run out of gas in 2nd half, fall to Patriots 37-16
Posted at 4:13 PM, Dec 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-24 19:52:18-05

After a 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills are now 8-7 on the year but not all hope is lost just yet.

The Bills STILL have a shot at the playoffs despite their loss on Sunday and need not just a win against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17, but need a little help from around the league.

The Bills are in if the following happen:

1.) The Bills beat the Dolphins AND the Ravens lose to the Bengals


2.) The Bills beat the Dolphins AND the Chargers and Titans both lose

The Bills started strong against the Patriots. On their first drive of the game they settled for a field goal to take an early lead and then later in the 2nd quarter, Jordan Poyer intercepted Tom Brady and ran it back for a touchdown to give the Bills a 10-3 advantage.

The Patriots though once again responded after Buffalo native Rob Gronkowski made an incredible one-handed catch to tie the game at 10.

After the Patriots went up 13-0 late in the half, the Bills drove down the field and had the lead for a minute after Tyrod Taylor found Kelvin Benjamin in the corner of the endzone. The call however was reviewed and overturned, causing a lot of controversy on social media.

The Bills settled for a field goal as the two remained tied at the half. 

The 2nd half though was a different story for the Bills offense and defense. After starting things off with a field goal opening drive, it was the Patriots that scored 24 unanswered points.

A touchdown catch by Mike Gillislee and a pair of rushing touchdowns from Dion Lewis helped seal the win for the Patriots who improved to 12-3.

The Bills failed to score an offensive touchdown, their only six points coming from Poyer's pick-six.

Taylor ended the day 21-for-38 for 281 yards. Running back LeSean McCoy only carried the ball 17 times for 71 yards. He added five catches for 76 yards.

The Bills hit the road to take on the Dolphins in the regular season finale.