Patriots Beat Bills 24-17, Win 11th Straight AFC East Crown
By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer
Tom Brady passed for 271 yards and a touchdown, sneaked for a third-down conversion to set up another score and threw a downfield block on another scoring drive to help the New England Patriots clinch their 11th AFC East title in a row by beating Buffalo 24-17.
With Bills visiting for a rare late-season matchup while the division was still at stake, Sony Michel ran for 96 yards and Rex Burkhead rebounded for an opening-drive fumble to catch four passes for 77 yards and run for 20 more.
Both teams had already clinched playoff berths; the Patriots remain in contention for a first-round bye or even the No. 1 seed in the AFC.