Orchard Park, NY — The AFC Wildcard division match-up showcased many possible movie titles. “Rookie QB vs Veteran QB”, “AFC East Wildcard showdown”, and even Or if you want to keep it simple, it featured EJ Manuel & the Buffalo Bills defeating Tom Brady & the New England Patriots.
After coming fresh off a victory against the Patriots last week, the Buffalo stayed true to their game plan to shut down the Patriots’ offense in a 40-7 victory. The Bills’ defense held the Patriots to only 180 offensive yards; while gaining 345 yards of their own. The Patriots weren’t on the scoreboard until the beginning of the 3rd quarter, when Danny Amendola caught a pass from Tom Brady and took it to the house for 79 yards. However, the score didn’t seem to phase the Buffalo Bills at all as they were able to score on their next drive, as Stevie Johnson hauled in a bullet pass deep in the end zone in a 3 play drive.
During the Bills’ press conference, Coach Doug Marrone said; “This was a great victory for us. We worked hard the whole week in the weight room, film, and even practiced outside in the snow for this game. We played all three phases of football; offense, defense, and special teams that took us one step closer to kissing the Lombardi trophy.
It was over when…
Tom Brady threw a costly interception that could have brought some momentum back to his team. Stephon Gilmore recovered a breakaway from Mike Jenkins and intercepted a pass from Brady. He was able to return it for 18 yards to the Bills’ 12 yard line that eventually sealed a Buffalo Bills victory.
Not only EJ Manuel was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, but he was also the game’s MVP! The sensational rookie QB ended the night with a perfect passing rating of 158.3, threw 15/19 for 3 passing touchdowns. He also rushed 6 yards for another touchdown, ending the night with 4 offensive scores.
Did you know?
This is the first time that Tom Brady lost to a Rookie quarterback in back-to-back weeks.