New England Patriots closing in on AFC East title

Jacoby Brissett Jimmy Garoppolo Tom Brady

Both of his scores came from inside the redzone, with the first coming from the 1-yard line and the second from the 14.

In what had the makings of a competitive game early, the Patriots pulled away for a convincing 23-3 win over the Bills on Sunday.

The Bills (6-6) now face the prospect of continuing their late-season playoff push minus Taylor and going back to rookie Nathan Peterman.

In last week's 35-17 win over Miami, Flowers finished with four combined tackles and two sacks. The Bills drafted Gilmore with the 10th overall pick in 2012.

Best best-friend argument: Brady had some heated words for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after a McDaniels comment obviously rubbed the Pats QB the wrong way following a first-quarter incompletion. But the real story here was that questionable hit in the fourth quarter on Bills' cornerback Tre'Davious White following an interception of Tom Brady.

Brady has had sideline eruptions at his offensive coaches before.

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After taking on sack on the first snap of the game, Taylor marched the Bills 66 yards and down to the five yard line, before throwing an interception to Patriots linebacker Eric Lee.

Burkhead's first touchdown capped a methodical 10-play, 70-yard drive.

Webb had three rushes for 27 yards, including a 22-yarder up the middle to open Buffalo's fourth possession.

The Patriots have turned to the Bills to fill several holes on their roster in recent years, with Lee the most recent example. "I think this is a dynamite football team", Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said of New England, which holds a three-game lead over the Bills in the division.

New England's 130 yards rushing in the first half were the most by the Patriots through two quarters since they had 141 in a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts on November 16, 2014.

Improving to 10-2, the Patriots will clinch the AFC East with either a Bills loss to the visiting Colts next Sunday or with a win over the host Dolphins on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

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