Not every win is going to be a Rembrandt, but the Patriots came away from Monday night's game with a 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills, improving to 10-0. But it was a costly win, as Danny Amendola suffered a knee injury and Aaron Dobson limped out with a ankle sprain on his only catch.
Here are the hots and nots from the print edition (please remember, I had to wrap them up midway through the fourth quarter because of deadlines) and the game notes as provided by the Patriots' media relations department.
First, the hots and nots:
JAMES WHITE: The second-year back from Wisconsin (whose aunt and uncle live in Attleboro) scored his first NFL touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Tom Brady with 13 seconds left in the first half, and his second on a 6-yard run in the second quarter.
DANNY AMENDOLA: He did his best to fill Julian Edelman’s shoes, going over the 100-yard mark in receiving yards in the third quarter. He had nine catches for 117 yards before hurting a knee.
JONATHAN FREENY: He was the Patriots’ leading tackler through three quarters and he made a big special-teams play (fumble recovery) to get the offense a scoring opportunity, which Stephen Gostkowski converted.
MARCUS CANNON: In his first game back after injuring his toe, Cannon had two penalties on the first Patriot possession.
SEBASTIAN VOLLMER: Maybe it was too much to ask the formerly-hurt tackles to come in and play big roles in the game. He had a holding penalty during a failed second-quarter drive.
ROB GRONKOWSKI: The big tight end is getting a lot of physical coverage and it’s starting to wear him down. A lot of the tough catches he usually makes were dropped or short-armed. He had one catch in six targets through three quarters.
AARON DOBSON: One catch and the guy gets hurt. The Patriots should cut their losses on him.
TOM BRADY: He gave up on a lot of plays and just buried the ball in the FieldTurf in disgust when some of his second-tier receivers looked lost. He had completed 18 of 35 passes for 240 yards through three quarters.
11:10: Time when the third quarter ended Monday night.
28: James White’s number. It was seen in the end zone for the first two times of his NFL career Monday night.
29: Game-time temperature at Gillette Stadium.
38: With 10 points in the third quarter, this was the Patriots’ streak of consecutive quarters with a score through three quarters.
54: Distance of Stephen Gostkowski’s first missed field goal of the season, coming with 12:35 left in the third quarter.
AARON DOBSON: Already suffering from a sudden back injury, Dobson made a catch in the second quarter and came up with an ankle injury. He did not finish.
DANNY AMENDOLA: He suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter and was questionable to return.
Games between the Buffalo Bills and the Patriots have been played in eight different stadiums -- Nickerson Field, War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, Fenway Park, Alumni Stadium, Harvard Stadium, Foxboro Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium and Gillette Stadium. The last three stadiums have had multiple names; Ralph Wilson Stadium was originally Rich Stadium, Foxboro Stadium was also called Schaefer Stadium and Sullivan Stadium, and Gillette Stadium was originally called CMGi Field, although the name was changed before the first time the Bills and Patriots played there.
And the game notes:
PATRIOTS WIN 10 FOR 13TH STRAIGHT SEASON
New England reached at least 10 regular-season wins for the 13th consecutive season in 2015. San Francisco (16) is the only other team to accomplish the feat.
MOST SEASONS OF 10+ WINS
Team Years Consec. Seasons With 10+ Wins
San Francisco 1983-1998 16
New England 2003-15 13
Indianapolis 2001-10 9
Dallas 1975-81 7
PATRIOTS COMPLETE NFL RECORD STREAK OF SCORING IN 38 CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS
The Patriots scored in each of the first three quarters against Buffalo, extending their NFL-record streak to 38 consecutive quarters scoring points. The Patriots did not score in the fourth quarter against the Bills to snap the streak. The only other quarter in which the Patriots have not scored points in 2015 is the first quarter of the 2015 regular-season opener vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.
The most consecutive regulation quarters with at least one point:
Team Year (s) Consec. quarters with points scored
New England 2015 38
St. Louis 1999-2000 31
Indianapolis 2005 31
New England 1993-94 27
Kansas City 2002 27
Oakland 2002 27
PATRIOTS HAVE NFL’S STINGIEST DEFENSE
Through 10 games, the Patriots have allowed 182 points, the fewest of any other NFL team in 2015. New England’s defense is allowing just 14 points per game over its last four contests and is allowing just 18.2 points per game on the season.
2015 NFL FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED
New England 182
PATS ARE THE THIRD DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPION TO START 10-0
The Patriots are the third defending Super Bowl champion to start a season 10-0, joining Green Bay (2011 – 13-0), Denver (1998 – 13-0) and San Francisco (1990 – 10-0).
PATRIOTS WIN 13th STRAIGHT GAME (INCLUDING PLAYOFFS)
The Patriots have now won 13 consecutive games, dating back to the 2014 playoffs. The Patriots won three straight playoff games to end the 2014 season and have won their first 10 games of the 2015 regular season. The overall win streak is the third longest in team history.
LONGEST PATRIOTS WINNING STREAKS (INCLUDING PLAYOFFS)
21 Oct. 5, 2003 to Oct. 24, 2004
18 Sept. 9, 2007 to Jan. 20, 2008
13 Jan. 10, 2015 to Present
12 Nov. 25, 2001 to Sept. 22, 2002
PATRIOTS HAVE BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE IN NOVEMBER SINCE 2001
The Patriots improved to 43-15 (.741) in November since 2001, for the best winning percentage in November since that time. Indianapolis is second (42-20, .677).
PATRIOTS EARN A SERIES SWEEP OVER BUFFALO
The Patriots swept the 2015 season series with Buffalo. It is New England’s 24th sweep of the season series with the Bills, dating back to the inception of the series between the old AFL rivals in 1960. The Patriots have won 27 of the last 32 games between the teams since Bill Belichick became head coach of the Patriots in 2000.
HOT WHEN IT’S COLD
The kickoff temperature tonight was 29 degrees, and New England won its eighth straight regular season home game in freezing temperatures (kickoff temperature of 32 degrees or colder). The last time the Patriots lost a home game played in freezing temperatures was on Nov. 5, 2006, when Indianapolis came away with a 27-20 win in a game played in 31 degree temperatures.
PATRIOTS FREEZING WEATHER HOME WINNING STREAK
(7 Consecutive Wins With Temperature 32 degrees or Colder)
Date Opp Result Temperature*
11/23/2015 BUF W 20-13 29
12/8/2013 CLE W 27-26 30
11/24/2013 DEN W 34-31 (OT) 22
12/30/2012 MIA W 28-0 28
12/24/2011 MIA W 27-24 30
12/19/2010 GNB W 31-27 32
12/6/2010 NYJ W 45-3 27
12/21/2008 ARI W 47-7 30
BELICHICK ADDS TO HIS RECORD WITH ANOTHER 10-WIN SEASON
Bill Belichick has coached the Patriots to 13 straight seasons with 10 or more wins after reaching his 10th win of the 2015 season vs. Buffalo, adding to his NFL record streak. In 2011, Belichick became the first coach in NFL history with nine straight seasons with at least 10 victories. George Seifert has the second most consecutive 10-win seasons with eight from 1989-1996 for San Francisco.
BRADY CLOSING IN ON MARINO FOR TD PASSES
Tom Brady threw his 417th career touchdown pass tonight, a total that ranks fourth all-time and trails Dan Marino (420) by three touchdowns for third place.
MOST CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES
(regular season only) Bold indicates active players
RANK NAME TOUCHDOWNS
1. Peyton Manning 539
2. Brett Favre 508
3. Dan Marino 420
4. Tom Brady 417
5. Drew Brees 416
BRADY IS IMPRESSIVE AGAINST BUFFALO
Tom Brady owns a 25-3 record against the Buffalo Bills. He has more wins against Buffalo than any other NFL team. His 25 wins as a starting quarterback over the Bills are the second most by any quarterback against one team in NFL history. The New York Jets are second on Brady’s wins list with 21 wins. Brett Favre’s 26 wins against Detroit are the most by any quarterback against any one team.
MOST WINS BY A STARTING QUARTERBACK AGAINST AN OPPONENT
Brett Favre 26 wins against Detroit
Tom Brady 25 wins against Buffalo
Brett Favre 23 wins against Chicago
Dan Marino 22 wins against Indianapolis
BRADY’S TDS ARE SECOND MOST IN NFL HISTORY AGAINST ONE TEAM
Tom Brady has thrown 62 touchdown passes against Buffalo, the most by Brady against any one team, and the second most by any quarterback against any one team, trailing only Dan Marino’s record of 72 scoring passes against the New York Jets.
Most Touchdowns against one NFL Team
Dan Marino (Miami) 72 touchdowns against the New York Jets
Tom Brady (Buffalo) 62 touchdowns against Buffalo
Brett Favre (ATL/GB/NYJ/MIN) 60 against Chicago
BRADY HAS FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME WITH A PASS OF AT LEAST 40 YARDS
Tom Brady has his fourth straight game with a pass of at least 40 yards after his 41-yard pass to WR Danny Amendola in the third quarter. His longest streak of games with at least 40yard pass was eight straight games in 2007. He had a seven-game streak in 2009 and a four-game streak in 2003 and 2011.
BRADY HAS 5TH MOST YARDS THROUGH FIRST TEN GAMES IN NFL HISTORY
Tom Brady leads the NFL with 3,320 passing yards in 2015. It is the fifth-highest total through ten games in NFL history.
Most Passing Yards Through First 10 Games
Player Team Year Pass Yds Thru 10 Games
Peyton Manning Denver 2013 3,572
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 3,388
Drew Brees New Orleans 2013 3,369
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011 3,326
Tom Brady New England 2015 3,320
Peyton Manning Denver 2014 3,301
GOSTKOWSKI ENDS STREAK AT 31 STRAIGHT FIELD GOALS
Stephen Gostkowski extended his streak to 31 straight field goals with a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter but missed on a 54-yarder in the third quarter to end his streak. He ended a streak of 52 straight field goals at home. It was his first home miss since Sept. 12, 2013 vs. the New York Jets when he missed on a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Most Consecutive Field Goals/Patriots History
31 Stephen Gostkowski (12/07/14- 11/23/15)
25 Adam Vinatieri (11/24/96-11/09/97)
23 Adam Vinatieri (10/17/04-12/26/04)
21 Stephen Gostkowski (9/22/13-11/24/13)
20 Stephen Gostkowski (12/15/13-10/05/14)
JAMES WHITE SCORES FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWNS;
ONE RECEIVING AND ONE RUSHING TD
RB James White caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter for his first NFL touchdown. He is the 60th player to catch a touchdown pass from Brady. He scored his first rushing touchdown on a 6-yard run in the third quarter.
AMENDOLA GOES OVER 100
Danny Amendola had his second 100-yard game of the 2015 season and the seventh of his career, finishing the game with 117 receiving yards, his highest total of the season. Amendola also broke the 100-yard mark in 2015 when he had 105 yards in the win at Indianapolis on Oct. 18, 2015. It is the fifth 100-yard game of his career with the Patriots.
CHRIS HARPER LINES UP TO RETURN PUNT FOR FIRST TIME
Rookie WR Chris Harper lined up to return a punt in the fourth quarter for the first time in his career.
BRADY IMPROVES ON STELLAR NOVEMBER RECORD
Quaterbacks with the best records in November in Super Bowl era (min. 20 starts)
Player Record in November Win PCT.
Daryle Lamonica 19-4-2 .826
Tony Romo 26-6 .813
Jim McMahon 18-5 .783
Tom Brady 41-12 .774
Joe Flacco 24-10 .706
BRADY ON RECORD PACE FOR PASSING YARDS
Tom Brady has 3,320 passing yards through 10 games this season. Brady is on pace to finish the season with 5,312 passing yards, which would challenge Peyton Manning’s NFL-record 5,477 passing yards in 2013.
Most Passing Yards in a Season
Peyton Manning (2013) 5,477
Drew Brees (2011) 5,476
Tom Brady (2011) 5,235
Drew Brees (2012) 5,177
Drew Brees (2013) 5,162
Dan Marino (1984) 5,084
Matthew Stafford (2011) 5,038
BRADY ON PACE FOR 40 TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tom Brady has 25 touchdown passes through the first 10 games of the season, putting him on pace to finish with 40 scoring passes in 2015. If Brady reaches at least 40 touchdown passes in 2015, he will join Peyton Manning (55 in 2013 and 49 in 2004), Dan Marino (48 in 1984 and 44 in 1986) and Drew Brees (46 in 2011 and 43 in 2012) as the only players in NFL history to have multiple seasons of 40+ touchdown passes. Brady threw for 50 touchdown passes in 2007.
Quarterbacks with 40 or more touchdown passes in a season
Player TD Passes
Peyton Manning (2013) 55
Tom Brady (2007) 50
Peyton Manning (2004) 49
Dan Marino (1984) 48
Drew Brees (2011) 46
Aaron Rodgers (2011) 45
Dan Marino (1986) 44
Drew Brees (2012) 43
Matthew Stafford (2011)41
Kurt Warner (1999) 41
Andrew Luck (2014) 40
• Jerod Mayo tackled Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy for a 4-yard loss on the second play of the game on second-and-one, forcing the Bills into a third down that they did not convert as the New England defense began the game with a three-and-out.
• Devin McCourty helped to break up a Tyrod Taylor pass intended for LeSean McCoy in the end zone on third down in the second quarter, forcing a Buffalo field goal attempt on the next play that was missed, to preserve a 3-3 first half tie.
• Chandler Jones stopped Tyrod Taylor for a 6-yard loss on third down in the third quarter with the score tied at 10, forcing a Buffalo punt on the next play, and the Patriots took possession and marched down the field to take a 17-10 lead on James White’s 6-yard touchdown run.
• Dont’a Hightower stopped LeSean McCoy for a 1-yard loss on first down in the third quarter on the Bills’ first offensive play after the Patriots took a 17-10 lead, starting off a three-and-out for the New England defense.
• Brandon King forced a Leodis McKelvin fumble on a punt return in the third quarter with the Patriots holding a 17-10 lead. Jonathan Freeney recovered the ball, and after a fumble out of bounds, New England gained possession at the Bills’ 30-yard line, setting up a Partriots offensive possession that ended in a 35-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal and a 20-10 Patriots lead.
• Rob Ninkovich and Dominique Easley combined to sack Tyrod Taylor on a 0-yard sack on third down in the fourth quarter, forcing a Buffalo punt on the next play.
• Patrick Chung stopped Karlos Williams for a 1-yard loss on third-and-inches in the fourth quarter, helping to preserve New England’s 20-10 fourth-quarter lead and forcing a Buffalo punt on the next play.
• Logan Ryan stopped Karlos Williams for a 2-yard loss on first down in the fourth quarter.
• Jabaal Sheard tackled LeSean McCoy for a 4-yard loss on a Buffalo first down in the red zone late in the fourth quarter.
MARCUS CANNON RETURNS TO ACTION
Marcus Cannon returned to action after missing the last four games with a start at left tackle.
SEBASTIAN VOLLMER RETURNS TO ACTION
Sebastian Vollmer returned to action after missing on game. He did not start the game but was in at right tackle in the second offensive possession.