The New England Patriots just pulled off what could go down as their most stunning win of the season. They defeated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in a thriller at Gillette Stadium, 29-25, after Mac Jones led a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minute.
Jones was 8-of-9 passing on the final drive, which he capped with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki with just 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The game-winning drive came right after the Bills had come back from down 22-10 to go up by three points late in regulation.
The Patriots got the ball to start the game, after the Bills won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half. They strung together a solid opening drive, moving 63 yards in eight plays before a Chad Ryland field goal made it 3-0 Patriots.
With a chance to even things up, Josh Allen and the Bills got off to one of the worst starts possible. Allen threw an interception on their first offensive play, a floating duck that Patriots safety Jabrill Peppers saw the whole way. Apparently, Allen didn’t see him.
For the first time in the 2023 season, the Patriots were able to translate a turnover into points. They drove 45 yards in seven plays for the first touchdown of the game, a powerful 2-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott, to extend their lead to 10-0.
That score would hold until early in the second quarter, after the Patriots were able to stop the Bills in the red zone and hold them to a field goal, which made it 10-3 Patriots.
Midway through the second quarter, the Patriots threatened again, after a 33-yard catch-and-run by Kendrick Bourne set them up in the red zone. Bourne was stopped short of the sticks on a third-down catch, but Ryland drilled another field goal to extend the Pats’ lead to 13-3.