Bills vs. Patriots, by the numbers: How Buffalo handed Bill Belichick, New England historic loss in wild-card game

Bills vs. Patriots, by the numbers: How Buffalo handed Bill Belichick, New England historic loss in wild-card game

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

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

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SN breaks down the historic numbers from Bills vs. Patriots:

No. 1

For the first time in NFL history, a team went an entire game without punting, kicking a field goal or turning the ball over. That was the Bills’ offense for 60 minutes Saturday.

30-point margin

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

Buffalo barely missed handing Belichick his largest loss overall. The Bills beat the Patriots by 31 in 2003; that still stands as Belichick’s biggest loss while with the Patriots.

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47 points

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

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; he 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 TDs

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

Zero inteerceptions

Allen threw no INTs on Saturday, making him just the second quarterback to put up five TDs and no picks against Belichick. Drew Brees did it in 2009 in a 38-17 Saints victory over the Patriots. The Saints went on to win the Super Bowl that season.

4 incompletions

Allen threw a near-perfect game. Three of his incompletions came in the first quarter, while the fourth incompletion occurred at the beginning of 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.

7 consecutive TD drives

The Bills had nine drives total 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 that. 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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