Injuries, cheap shots overshadow Pats' 23-3 win over Bills

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The New England Patriots announced their inactives on Sunday for their Week 13 matchup with the Buffalo Bills, and it included a little bit of good news.

Buffalo can keep their playoff hopes alive with a win, whereas New England can guarantee yet another double-digit win season if they pull it off. A big sack from the Buffalo 5-yard line for Kyle Williams would stop the Patriots and their momentum in their tracks. Sparked by Eric Lee's interception to thwart the Bills' impressive opening drive in the end zone, the unit held quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy in check to continue its impressive momentum.

The Patriots (10-2) didn't need Brady to be at his best to reach double-digit victories for the 15th straight season. The 26-year-old played in nine games this season for Tampa Bay and caught two passes for 21 yards and had three carries for 17 yards before being released on Nov 17.

White was evaluated for a head injury after intercepting Brady late in the fourth quarter. Burkhead finished a 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown and found the end zone on a 14-yard run up the middle to cap a 78-yard march.

Quarterback Tom Brady's emotion was at red-hot levels as evidenced by a sideline outburst in the first quarter, but with his on-field performance not quite at peak levels early, the New England Patriots needed to support him in different ways on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Rookie Nathan Peterman would replace Taylor at quarterback following his knee injury.

Stephen Hauschka booted a 49-yard field goal as Buffalo trailed 9-3 at the half. Flowers, who leads the team with six sacks, has been limited all week in practice with injured ribs. The Patriots signed Lee from the Bills' practice squad on November 21.

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