Sunday, October 12, 2014

Patriots ride mid-game momentum shift to victory


The New England Patriots went into halftime against the Buffalo Bills with a 13-7 halftime lead.

After the Patriots turned a quick fumble recovery into a field goal just before the break, they knew they had to come out fast to stave off a hungry Bills squad at home.

In the locker room at halftime, "We said, 'look this is what we asked for. We will see what we are made of, we go on the road, in the division and games don't get any bigger than that,'" quarterback Tom Brady said after the game, via WEEI.

"We made a good play before halftime--we stripped the ball. We made a good situational play getting a few extra yards before we kicked the field goal and great momentum going in at the half. So we have a six point lead and then capitalized with the drive to come out and play pretty well in the second half."

The Patriots went on to a 37-22 victory, with Brady throwing three of his four touchdown passes in the second half. He went 15-for-17 for 274 yards after the break and 27-of-37 for 361 yards overall.

"It was a great complimentary win--it was great for all of us to put together a good half of football," he said.

New England advanced to 4-2 with the win, claiming sole possession of first place in the division. It hosts the New York Jets Thursday.

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