Buffalo Bills Lose to the Patriots and Video Review
Any fan of the Buffalo Bills knows it's frustrating watching the Bills often futile attempts at beating the New England Patriots. But it's quite another thing watching the Bills play well enough to win but being stymied by questionable video reviews.
The Bills played the Patriots dead even for nearly three quarters until some back luck and favorable calls going the way of the Patriots helped turn a close game into a rout. After the Bills took a 16-13 lead early in the third quarter it was all Patriots after that. The Patriots tied it then pulled away with three straight touchdowns for a 37-16 victory.
A key play was when Tyrod Taylor took a 15-yard sack on the Bills first offensive play after the Patriots had tied it at 16-16. The Bills were forced to punt from deep in their own end of the field and the Patriots drove for the go-ahead touchdown aided by a 29-yard pass interference penalty.
It was all downhill for the Bills from there. Once the Patriots get rolling they're hard to stop. The Bills had their feet on their throats and let them get away leading to another tough day in Foxboro.
Bills fans will be talking for months about the touchdown the Bills scored just before halftime only to have it taken away by a questionable video review. Kelvin Benjamin scored with 2 seconds left in the first half, but a review reversed what had been called a touchdown on the field. The Bills were forced to settle for a field goal and that's pretty much how things go when the Bills play the Patriots.
The loss drops the Bills to 8-7 and throws a critical blow to the Bills playoff hopes. Even if they win next week's game at Miami, there are quite a few factors that have to fall into place for the Bills to sneak into the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Right now Baltimore and Tennessee have the inside track to earn the two wild card playoff spots.