The Buffalo Bills 2013 season got off to the most Bills start possibly imaginable on Sunday afternoon as they fell to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in heartbreaking fashion by a score of 23-21.
The game was sloppy from the outset, starting with an early CJ Spiller fumble that set the Patriots up deep in Bills territory. With prime field position at hand Tom Brady went to work and was able to find Julian Edelman in the end zone for the first points of the match up.
Both team’s offenses struggled early, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley even managed to fumble fumbled without even being touched by a defender, Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy returned the fumble for a touchdown to make a game of things, cutting the Patriots lead to 10-7.
The Patriots offense awoke on the next drive, restoring their lead as Brady found Julian Edelmen once more for this second touchdown of the day.
Brady, who looked out of sync with his revamped offense throughout the entire game threw an interception late in the second quarter, leading to an 18-yard all-rookie touchdown from EJ Manuel to Robert Woods.
The Bills came out in the third quarter looking like they had a new-found confidence after keeping with the Patriots through 2 quarters and immediately marched down the field as EJ Manuel connected with Stevie Johnson for the first (of hopefully many) touchdown passes between the two.
Just when it looked like the Patriots were going to take back the league, Tom Brady made a very un-Brady like play fumbling the snap on 4th and goal, keeping the Patriots off of the board.
Down by 1 late in the game, Tom Brady once again began to look like Tom Brady as he marched New England down the field and comfortably into field goal range. Stephen Gostowski then stepped up and drilled a field goal to give the Patriots a lead with just 5 seconds left on the clock.