Monday, September 25

Bills vs. Patriots by the numbers: How Buffalo handed Bill Belichick a historic wild-card loss

The Bills crushed the Patriots 47-17 in their AFC wild card playoff game on Saturday night. The win was not only important for Josh Allen and the Bills in terms of their playoff run (they move on to the AFC divisional round), but it also set some NFL records.

His performance also made history against Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Belichick, who has won six Super Bowls with New England, has never before been beaten by so many points in a playoff game.

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SN breaks down the historical numbers for Bills vs. Patriots:

No. 1

For the first time in NFL history, a team went an entire game without a punt, kick a field goal, or fumble. That was the Bills’ offense for 60 minutes on Saturday.

margin of 30 points

The Bills’ 30-point win is the Patriots’ biggest blowout in New England playoff history. The Patriots’ previous worst playoff loss was a 19-point loss to the Ravens in 2010.

Buffalo barely missed giving Belichick his biggest loss overall. The Bills beat the Patriots 31 times in 2003; that remains Belichick’s biggest loss while he was with the Patriots.

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47 points

The Bills’ 47 points are the most the Patriots allowed under Belichick. They are also the most allowed by the Patriots since Nov. 4, 1990, when New England allowed the Eagles 48.

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308 passing yards

Allen threw for 308 yards on Saturday night. With his 84 percent completion rate (21-for-25), 66 rushing yards and five touchdowns, Allen made NFL history; became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era, playoffs, or regular season to complete 80 percent of his passes, throw for more than 300 yards, rush for more than 50 yards, and have at least five touchdowns in a game.

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5 TD

Allen threw five touchdowns against the Patriots, to four different receivers. He joins the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes as the only quarterbacks to have five touchdowns and 50+ rushing yards in a playoff game. Mahomes rushed for 53 yards.

zero interceptions

Allen threw no interceptions Saturday, making him the second quarterback to have five touchdowns and no interceptions against Belichick. Drew Brees did it in 2009 in a 38-17 Saints victory over the Patriots. The Saints won the Super Bowl that season.

4 incomplete

Allen threw a near perfect game. Three of his incompletes came in the first quarter, while the fourth incomplete occurred early in the second quarter.

27 points

The Bills scored 27 points in the first half. The Patriots had never allowed more than 25 points in a first half under Belichick.

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7 consecutive TD units

The Bills had nine total drives against the Patriots. They scored a touchdown on each of their first seven drives, making them the first team in the Super Bowl era to do so. They set the record after their fifth consecutive touchdown drive.

3 losses

The Patriots have now lost three playoff games by at least 30 points. The other two were in Super Bowl 20, which they lost by 36 points (46-10) to the Bears. and the 1963 AFL championship, which they lost by 41 points (51-10) to the Chargers. Saturday’s loss was the franchise’s biggest in a non-championship playoff game.

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