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Patriots Can’t Clinch AFC East in 33-21 Loss, Bills Now in Favor of Winning Division

Patriots vs. Bills

The New England Patriots dropped to 9-6 Sunday against the division rival Bills, failing to clinch the AFC East in what was practically the AFC East Championship — as Buffalo is likely to win the division now since they possess the tiebreaker.

The Patriots opened the ballgame before the Bills struck first, with a 13-play drive that resulted in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen. New England would answer right back, however, as Damien Harris trotted in for a 16-yard score to tie it at 7-7 early in the second quarter.

Buffalo grabbed a field goal with nine minutes left in the half, and a minute later picked off Mac Jones after several deflections. The Patriots would get a crucial red-zone stop on fourth down, but Allen would connect with Stefon Diggs for a 12-yard touchdown just three minutes later, with two minutes left in the half, after a New England three-and-out.

The Bills began the second half with a field goal to make it 20-7, only for Harris to notch his second tally of the day with a 1-yard touchdown, to put the scoreline at 20-14. The two sides would trade touchdowns, as it was Harris yet again with an 8-yard touchdown. Buffalo missed their 2-point conversion, as it was 26-21 with seven and a half minutes to go in the ballgame.

Buffalo drove down the field, and after a 19-yard shovel pass to Diggs, the Bills found their way into the end-zone the same way with a 2-yard shovel pass to Dawson Knox that put the ballgame on ice. Jones hurled another interception with a minute left as 33-21 was the final.

Jones ended his day going 14-for-32 with 145 passing yards and two interceptions.

ESPN slates the Bills to have an 88% chance of winning the division now when New England would’ve had a 99.9% chance of winning, basically clinching. The Patriots have just a 12% chance of capturing the AFC East title now. The Bills have the tiebreaker, due to their division record.

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