Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have dominated a lot of opponents during their dynasty, but none quite like the Buffalo Bills – especially at home.
There’s an old saying that goes something like, “records are meant to be broken.”
And that’s true for the most part… unless it comes to certain, exceptional, nigh-unbreakable things. Like Tom Brady’s number of Super Bowl titles won, Bill Belichick’s number of Super Bowl titles won, and (let’s just call it what it is) Tom Brady’s record level of dominance against the Buffalo Bills.
The Patriots have been nothing less than the proverbial backyard bully to their AFC East brethren ever since Brady and Belichick first arrived on the New England scene back in 2000. Since the turn of the millennium, the Patriots are a combined 34-5 against the Bills. That is – by far – the most lopsided record between two NFL divisional rivals during that timespan.
The only things more impressive than New England’s overall record against Buffalo since 2000 are two other records of note: Brady’s personal record against the Bills since 2000, and Brady’s personal record at home against the Bills since 2000.
In his lifetime, TB12 is 31-3 against Buffalo. That’s simply an astonishing mark as far as individual dominance over another team. Brady has more wins against Buffalo than any other franchise in the league – his next-closest are the New York Jets (29) and the Miami Dolphins (23).
Even more ridiculous, Brady has never lost at home to the Bills in a game he plays from start to finish. Two of his three losses to Buffalo came in 2003 and 2011, and both were on the road in western New York.
The third and most recent loss came in the final week of the regular season in 2004; though that game was played at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC, so they rested many of their starters. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman never saw the field, and Brady was subbed out for Jacoby Brissett during the entire second half of action.
The Patriots still barely lost the game, 17-9, to Kyle Orton and the Bills.
On Saturday, Sean McDermott’s crew will arrive in Foxborough eager to prove they can slay their divisional dragon. Barring injury, Brady is sure to play all four quarters – unless the Patriots have an insurmountable late lead, which isn’t likely against this 10-4 Bills squad. Buffalo is just one game behind the Patriots in the conference standings, and a road win on Saturday would even the two rivals’ records at 11-4 apiece.
Moreover, it would set up an exciting final week of the regular season for both squads. The Bills could leapfrog the Patriots and steal the AFC East out from under them with a win on Saturday, coupled with another win against the Jets in Week 17 and a New England loss to Miami at the same time.
All of that seems unlikely to happen, especially considering the fact that Miami is one of the worst teams in the league this year, the Patriots will be home for that game against the Dolphins, and New England still has everything in the world to play for. The Pats are right in the thick of the race for AFC playoff seeding with the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, and these same Buffalo Bills.
Will Tom Brady improve to 32-3 against the Bills and preserve his lifetime mark of perfection at home against Buffalo when he plays all 60 minutes of a game? Or will Josh Allen and the upstart Bills avenge their Week 4 home defeat to the Patriots and rewrite history in the process?
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