The New England Patriots lost a total of four games to the Buffalo Bills over a span of 19 years from 2001 to 2019.
After Saturday night, they’ve now lost four games to the Bills in the last two seasons.
The Patriots-Bills “rivalry” has done a 180 since Tom Brady’s departure in 2020, with Buffalo emerging as a legitimate AFC contender led by superstar quarterback Josh Allen as New England grinds through a mini-rebuild in the post-Brady era.
That 180 was on display in Saturday’s AFC Wild Card Round matchup, where the Bills steamrolled the Patriots 47-17 behind a perfect offensive performance (seven drives, seven touchdowns, zero punts).
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Despite Saturday’s result, Patriots safety Adrian Phillips doesn’t believe Buffalo is that much better than his squad.
“Buffalo is a great team and what they’ve got going over there is great and they built up a nice roster, but I don’t think the gap is huge at all,” Phillips told reporters in a video conference. “They just made the plays that were out there to be made and we didn’t make ours.
“It’s going to be fun for the next few years, and we’ll look to see how it is at the end of those years. I don’t think it’s a gap at all. I will always ride with what we have on this side. I think we’re better than everybody else. We just…