- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BUFFALO (8-7) at NEW ENGLAND (12-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 3 1-2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 8-7, New England 9-6

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 67-41-1

LAST MEETING - Patriots 37, Bills 22, Oct. 12, 2014

LAST WEEK - Bills lost to Raiders 26-24; Patriots beat Jets 17-16

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 16, Patriots No. 2





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots clinched top seed and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs after winning 11th division title in 12 years. Bills missed playoffs for 15th straight season, longest active playoff drought. … Patriots have 13-game home winning streak against Bills. Since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000, Patriots are 26-3 vs. Bills. … Patriots lead NFL with 30.6 points per game. Bills have allowed fifth fewest, 18.7. … Victory gives Bills first nine-win season since 2004. … Buffalo leads NFL with 50 sacks, with DE Mario Williams getting eight in past seven games to raise season total to 13 1-2. … Bills’ 30 takeaways rank second in NFL, 19 INTs rank fifth. … Last Sunday, Bills rushed for 13 yards, fourth-lowest total in team history. They have 1,378 yards rushing, below franchise-low of 1,552 for 16-game season set in 2006. … WR Sammy Watkins leads AFC rookies with 925 yards receiving and is second with 62 catches. … With 31 more completions, Bills would set franchise record with 378 in a season. … In previous meeting, TE Scott Chandler had career-high 105 yards receiving. … Patriots have won past 35 home games against AFC teams, longest streak in either conference since 1970 merger. … QB Tom Brady is 23-2 vs. Bills with most recent loss coming in 2011 on field goal on final play. … Rob Gronkowski leads all TEs with 1,124 yards receiving, 12th overall, has eight TDs in past eight games. … DE Chandler Jones had 1 1-2 sacks last Sunday after missing previous six with hip injury, has six for season. … Patriots outscored past five opponents 64-12 in second half without allowing TD. … DT Vince Wilfork had nine tackles last Sunday, his most since 10 on Dec. 4, 2011, also tipped 52-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk that would have given Jets 19-17 lead with about five minutes left.


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