Tom Brady throws 4 TDs as Patriots defeat Bills

Associated Press
Patriots Spoil Bills’ Big Day

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots still own Buffalo no matter who’s signing the Bills’ checks.

Brady threw four touchdown passes, the last two to Brandon LaFell, in a 37-22 win Sunday that spoiled the Bills’ first game under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. Brady went 26 of 36 for 352 yards to become the NFL’s fifth player with 60 300-yard games. He’s two short of matching Brett Favre.

Brady also improved to 23-2 against AFC East rival Buffalo, and the Patriots won their sixth straight in the series.

LaFell scored on 17- and 56-yard passes less than six minutes apart in the fourth quarter. Tight ends Tim Wright and Brian Tyms also scored. The Patriots’ defense forced three turnovers and New England never trailed.

The Patriots (4-2) took over first place in the division, moving ahead of the Bills (3-3), who failed to build on a come-from-behind 17-14 win at Detroit a week earlier.

Kyle Orton was inconsistent in his second start since taking over for EJ Manuel. The 10-year journeyman went 24 of 38 for 299 yards with touchdown passes to Robert Woods and Chris Hogan.

But Orton threw an interception and lost a fumble.

The loss put a huge damper on the buzz that had been generated all week in Buffalo.

The Pegulas’ NFL-record $1.4 billion bid was approved by league owners Wednesday. On Friday, during his inaugural news conference as owner, Terry Pegula created a stir by emotionally discussing how important it was to him to preserve the Bills in western New York.

The script, however, fell apart against the Bills’ longtime nemesis.

The Patriots took control on their drives before and …read more