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Brady, Pats dismantle Bills for eighth straight win

 | December 4, 2017

Tom Brady became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to register 65,000 career passing yards.

bradyFOXBOROUGH: A fired-up Tom Brady notched another milestone NFL win as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots powered past the Buffalo Bills 23-3.

Brady connected on 21 of 30 passes for 258 yards as he notched his 27th career victory over the Bills. He broke Brett Favre’s league record for most quarterback wins against a single opponent.

Brady also joined Favre, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees as the only NFL quarterbacks with at least 65,000 career passing yards.

The Patriots improved to 10-2 – their 15th straight seasons with at least 10 wins – but it wasn’t always pretty.

New England didn’t score a touchdown in the first half for the first time this season and Brady’s frustration boiled over with some choice words for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the Pats’ first field goal.

Rex Burkhead rushed for two touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes for 147 yards but delivered an ugly late hit on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White with the game well in hand in the fourth quarter.

White was evaluated for a head injury after intercepting Brady late in the fourth. Gronkowski drove his shoulder into White as he lay face down on the turf after the whistle.

“There is no room in this league for that type of crap,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said, and Gronkowski himself was apologetic after the game.

“I was just really frustrated at that moment,” Gronkowski said. “I don’t really believe in those type of shots.”

The Bills lost for the fourth time in five games. Making matters worse, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was carted to the locker room with a knee injury early in the fourth quarter.

Elsewhere, Russell Wilson tossed three touchdown passes and Seattle’s defense held the NFL’s #1 offense to a season-low in points as the Seahawks upset the Philadelphia Eagles 24-10 on Sunday.

Wilson outgunned Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and the Seahawks snapped Philadelphia’s winning streak at 10 games.

“We had to play great football,” said Wilson. “They are a great football team, well-coached and great players.”

“We had to come out strong and stay the course and then finish really strong. We responded really well. They would score and then we would come back and score. The guys played great all night.”

Seattle improved to 8-4 on the season and propelled themselves back into playoff contention with the help of the Atlanta Falcons’ 14-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings earlier on Sunday.

The Eagles (10-2) dropped into a tie for top seed in the NFC with the Vikings, who also have 10 wins.

In the NFC West race, the Seahawks remained a game behind the Los Angeles Rams (9-3), who beat the Arizona Cardinals earlier Sunday.

Wentz completed 29 of 45 throws for 348 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

Wilson hit 20 of 31 for 227 yards and threw scoring passes to tight end Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett, and running back J.D. McKissic.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, making his third career start and first for the San Francisco 49ers, came away with a 15-14 victory over the Chicago Bears after veteran kicker Robbie Gould booted his fifth field goal of the game with four seconds remaining.

The field goal capped a 14-play, 86-yard drive directed by Garoppolo and gave the 49ers their first away win of the season.

In Green Bay, Aaron Jones rushed for a 20-yard touchdown with 5:59 left in overtime to lift the Packers to a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The New York Jets beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-31 on Josh McCown’s touchdown plunge from a yard out with 2:10 left to play.

The Chiefs lost for the sixth time in seven games and are now tied atop the AFC West with the surprising Los Angeles Chargers, who beat the Cleveland Browns 19-10.


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