McCourty returns for Patriots for AFC East matchup vs Bills

McCourty returns for Patriots for AFC East matchup vs Bills

A win in either of their final two games would be enough to earn the Patriots the AFC East crown, while two Bills wins and two Patriots losses would give the division to Buffalo.

The Patriots snapped a two-game losing streak with a 34-13 win in Cincinnati last week, securing a playoff spot for an NFL-record 11th consecutive season.

Tom Brady passed for 271 yards and a touchdown, slipped away for a conversion in the third attempt to set another score and threw a block in the field in another scoring unit to help the New England Patriots get their eleventh title of the AFC East consecutively by beating Buffalo 24-17 on Saturday.

It hasn't happened since 1996 that the Bills were still in a position to win the American Football Conference's Eastern Division with two games to play.

Winning another division title is not a given for the Patriots going into Week 16 of the 2019 season.

The Patriots trailed 17-13 entering the fourth quarter, which marked the first time they were behind at home through three quarters against a division rival since the 2016 season. "We got to see them once this year and now we have another opportunity to prepare and play in an incredibly important game to our season". "I'm super thankful for this experience and what we were able to do here".

■ I have been critical of the Patriots' two main running backs for much of the season - Michel for not running hard and breaking tackles, and Burkhead for not staying healthy - but both were outstanding against the Bills.

Allen put collectively a formidable drive with 5 minutes remaining, ending three large passes to Cole Beasley and stopping for a fourth-down conversion of his private, nevertheless his back-foot cross meant for Beasley on fourth and goal fell incomplete, and Brady ran down the clock to protected the New England win.

Getty Images' Billie Weiss took a relatively mundane throw from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and turned it into a truly special image. Thankfully, J.C. Jackson was there to make the play - his biggest of the season. "There's a lot of mental toughness in that locker room, and they showed it". We have to have flawless execution.

Brady is 5-0 against the Bills since McDermott took over, but the record doesn't accurately reflect his struggles. Let's break down three bold predictions for the Patriots' game against the Bills. "They do a good job of mixing things up".

"I'm sure there's a lot of people that felt that same way and then, Tom, Tom is Tom, you know?"

When and where is the game?

In a rare moment of transparency Thursday, the New England Patriots head coach shared what he's looking for on film while discussing the Buffalo Bills' veteran safety duo of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.

The game starts at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on NFL Network.

The game will be nationally broadcast exclusively by NFL Network.

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