FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Not like a few of their current AFC East titles, the New England Patriots earned this one the exhausting approach.
Quarterback Tom Brady and the offense got here to life with a fourth-quarter comeback Saturday, and the protection stiffened on a remaining drive, to assist the Patriots defeat the resilient Buffalo Payments 24-17 and clinch their 11th consecutive AFC East championship.
The Patriots trailed 17-13 coming into the fourth quarter, which marked the primary time they have been behind at house by means of three quarters towards a division rival because the 2016 season.
They scored the sport’s remaining 11 factors, sparked by Brady, working again Rex Burkhead and the return of broad receiver Julian Edelman, who had left the sport within the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. Burkhead’s 1-yard landing run with 5 minutes, 6 seconds remaining, adopted by Brady connecting with Edelman on a 2-point conversion, put the Patriots forward for good.
The gang at Gillette Stadium serenaded the quarterback with chants of “Brady! Brady! Brady!” in what was an electrical environment.
Quickly, these chants turned to “Let’s go protection! Let’s go protection!” because the Patriots held off a late cost by the Payments, who drove from their very own 25-yard line to the Patriots’ 15 earlier than they have been stopped on a remaining fourth-and-15 play in the long run zone.
Brady, who completed 26-of-33 for 271 yards and one landing, improved to 32-Three all-time towards the Payments. He accomplished 79% of his passes, his greatest completion share since Week 11 of the 2017 season. Brady hadn’t reached 56% in his earlier 5 video games.
In the meantime, the Patriots improved to 12-Three and maintained their place because the No. 2 seed within the AFC postseason chase. In the event that they beat the Miami Dolphins at house subsequent weekend, they might earn a first-round playoff bye.
The Patriots have gained 12 video games 12 instances because the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and the franchise tied San Francisco for essentially the most 12-win seasons over that span.