The last time the Bills and Patriots met in Orchard Park, Bill Belichick and company came out on top in a cold, low-scoring matchup. The only similarity between then and Sunday was the cold.
Josh Allen and the Bills caught fire in the first quarter and stayed hot all game, torching the Patriots in a 47-17 win, the most lop-sided defeat in the Belichick era, to send the Bills to the divisional round.
Should the Chiefs beat the Steelers on Sunday, the Bills will face off with Kansas City on the road. If Pittsburgh wins, Buffalo will host Cincinnati.
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The Bills made history in the first half when they became the first team in the Super Bowl era to end each of their first five drives of the game with a touchdown, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The scoring started with Allen finding tight end Dawson Knox in the back of the end zone with a floating pass that Knox was able to haul in. Patriots quarterback Mac Jones threw an interception in the end zone on the next drive, and Allen capitalized on the turnover with another touchdown to Knox in the other end zone.
Devin Singletary rushed for two second-quarter touchdowns, and it wasn’t until six seconds remained that kicker Nick Folk put New England on the scoreboard with a field goal to make it a 27-3 halftime score.
Even with the big lead, Buffalo kept piling it on, scoring on three more touchdown passes in the second half to keep the rout on. The Patriots’ only responses were touchdown passes in the third quarter and in the fourth from Jones to Kendrick Bourne, the first and second postseason touchdowns in Jones’ career.
Allen finished the game having completed 21-of-25 passes for 308 yards and five touchdown passes.
The 47 points was the most-ever scored against New England in the postseason since Belichick took over as head coach. The 30-point differential also surpassed his previous worst playoff loss, 19 points to the Ravens in 2010. It was the second-biggest loss of his New England career overall, with a 31-point loss to the Bills in 2003 being the only worse loss for the Patriots under Belichick.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Patriots vs. Bills on Saturday night. Read below for complete results from the 2022 NFL wild-card playoff game.
Patriots vs. Bills score
Patriots vs. Bills live updates, highlights from NFL playoffs
11:09 p.m.: Mitch Trubisky begins the process of kneeling. Buffalo will advance to the divisional round.
11:06 p.m. Patriots scoring play: Bourne catches his second touchdown pass of the day on 4th-and-goal. Bills still lead 47-17.
11:01 p.m.: Jones finds Agholor for an 18-yard completion to move the Pats to the Buffalo 5-yard line. Stevenson rushes for a yard before the two-minute warning.
10:53 p.m.: Patriots start their drive at their own 27.
10:49 p.m. Bills scoring play: Even the offensive linemen are getting in on the scoring action. Allen flips it to offensive tackle Tommy Doyle to keep piling on. Bills extend lead to 47-10.
10:47 p.m.: Buffalo isn’t slowing down. Allen lobbed a deep ball up to Knox for a 38-yard gain out to the Patriots’ 1.
10:43 p.m.: The Patriots pick up a first down, but are unable to cross the 50 and have to punt it away. Hyde nearly returned the ensuing punt for a touchdown before he was tripped up at the New England 39 for a 52-yard return.
10:39 p.m.: Pats will begin their drive from their own 24.
10:35 p.m. Bills scoring play: The Bills just keep pouring it on. Allen fires a dart to Davis, who fights through the tackle and dances into the end zone for another Buffalo touchdown. This PAT is good. Bills extend lead to 40-10.
End Third Quarter
10:29 p.m.: Cole Beasley makes his impact, catching a side-arm pass from Allen and taking it 19 yards up the middle to move the Bills into New England territory up to the 36.
10:26 p.m.: McKenzie returns the kickoff out to Buffalo’s 23.
10:20 p.m. Patriots scoring play: Bourne was wide open in the left corner of the end zone to catch the pass from Jones and give New England its first touchdown of the game. Bills still lead 33-10.
10:20 p.m.: Two straight passes for Jones to the end zone go incomplete. Patriots going for it on fourth down.
10:18 p.m.: Meyers catches a short pass from Jones and is able to just get to the first down marker to set up 1st-and-goal at the Bills’ 3.
10:12 p.m.: Jones to Bourne for a big strike. Bourne catches a pass at the 50 and takes it 22 more yards for a gain of 43.
10:10 p.m.: Patriots take the touchback.
10:06 p.m. Bills scoring play: Emmanuel Sanders could not have been more wide open in the end zone. He sneaks in up the left side and catches the pass from Allen for a 34-yard strike. The extra point is missed. Bills extend lead to 33-3.
10:04 p.m.: Allen checks down on three straight passes to move Buffalo up 17 yards, and then McKenzie takes a handoff 15 yards to the right to put Buffalo at the New England 34.
9:58 p.m.: Jones’ pass is tipped up in the air by Matt Milano, and Wallace picks it off at the Buffalo 42. Second interception of the game for Jones.
9:57 p.m.: Rhamondre Stevenson picks up the first down on the screen pass for a 10-yard gain. Harris follows that up with a 14-yard gain to give New England back-to-back first downs.
9:55 p.m.: Patriots will start the second half with possession at their own 24.
End Second Quarter
9:39 p.m. Patriots scoring play: Nick Folk puts New England on the board with a 44-yard field goal just before halftime. One second remaining. Bills still lead 27-3.
9:37 p.m.: Jones connects with Meyers for a first down at the Buffalo 26 to convert on fourth down, and they’re able to get up to the line quick enough to spike it with seven seconds left.
9:35 p.m.: Patriots keep moving the chains with a pass of eight yards to Brandon Bolden and a 2-yard scramble by Jones to the 50. He’s sacked on the next play at the New England 48, prompting Bill Belichick to call a timeout with 30 seconds left.
9:34 p.m.: Bourne makes a 10-yard catch along the sideline to move the chains on the first play of the drive.
9:33 p.m.: Patriots let the ball reach the end zone, and they’ll start at their own 25.
9:30 p.m. Bills scoring play: Buffalo has yet to end a drive in anything but a touchdown. Singletary rushes out to the right and celebrates on his way into the end zone for the 16-yard score. Bills extend lead to 27-0.
9:27 p.m.: Allen breaks the ankles of De’Vante Bausby on a nine-yard scramble with a juke move right before the two-minute warning.
9:23 p.m.: A short pass and now a deep pass. Allen hits Stefon Diggs with a deep ball 45 yards down the field to move back into New England territory.
9:22 p.m.: McKenzie catches a pass behind the line and turns on the burners, darting down the field 19 yards to open the drive.
9:19 p.m.: The Bills are back on offense as the Patriots punt. Hyde returned it out two yards to the Bills’ 11. They have yet to end a drive without scoring.
9:17 p.m.: Jones is sacked back at the 42 for a loss of eight, and the Patriots get further backed up on a delay of game penalty. New England is now facing a 3rd-and-20.
9:15 p.m.: Patriots pick up the first after Levi Wallace is called for defensive pass interference on Agholor. Ball is spotted at the Pats’ 47.
9:13 p.m.: Olszewski returns the kickoff from the five out to the 21, as New England now finds itself down three scores.
9:07 p.m. Bills’ scoring play: Singletary finds enough of a gap behind the left guard to cut into the end zone for the four-yard touchdown, and Buffalo is clicking on all cylinders. The PAT was blocked. Bills extend lead to 20-0.
9:05 p.m.: Singletary cuts up nine yards to give Buffalo a first-and-goal.
9:03 p.m.: Another New England penalty keeps the Bills moving closer to the goal line. Bills have a first down at the Patriots 17 with 9:23 left in the half.
9:01 p.m.: A New England penalty moves the chains again for Buffalo before Allen connects with Gabriel Davis for a 22-yard gain to move back into Patriots’ territory.
8:59 p.m.: Singletary cuts through the left for a gain of three as he’s able to pick up the first down at the Bills’ 31.
8:54 p.m.: Damien Harris nearly reaches the first-down marker, but he couldn’t quite break it outside, and the Patriots are forced to punt. Hyde calls for the fair catch at the Bills’ 19.
End First Quarter
8:48 p.m.: On this kickoff, the Patriots will take the touchback and take the ball at their own 25 with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
8:44 p.m. Bills scoring play: The Knox-Allen connection continues to be strong in this one. Knox hauls in the 11-yard grab in the end zone on a laser from Allen as the Bills capitalize on the turnover. Bills lead 14-0.
8:44 p.m.: Allen just barrels up the middle for five yards to convert on another third-down try for Buffalo.
8:41 p.m.: Isaiah McKenzie makes an impressive leaping grab to pick up 19 yards and move Buffalo up to the Pats’ 22.
8:40 p.m.: Singletary gives Buffalo their second third-down conversion of the day, rushing for a six-yard pickup to move up to New England’s 41.
8:38 p.m.: Allen finds Knox wide open down the field for a 24-yard gain on the first play of the drive.
8:34 p.m.: Jones tries to find Nelson Agholor in the end zone, but he is picked off on a diving attempt by Micah Hyde, who slides out of bounds for a touchback. Bills will take over at their own 20.
8:34 p.m.: And now Jones shows that he too can make plays with his legs. He escapes pressure in the pocket and scrambles 16 yards up the right side to convert on another 3rd-and-long.
8:31 p.m.: Jones escapes a sack, and uses his mobility to extend the play before finding Hunter Henry at the 50-yard line for a 30-yard completion.
8:29 p.m.: Mac Jones has attempted a pass. This one goes out nine yards to Kendrick Bourne to give the Patriots a first down.
8:27 p.m.: Patriots kick-returner Gunner Olszewski takes the ball out of the end zone, but gets to only the 13 on the return.
8:22 p.m. Bills scoring play: This time, Allen uses his feet to roll out of the pocket, avoid a sack and float a pass up to tight end Dawson Knox, who was able to leap up and haul in the pass to open the scoring for the Bills. Bills lead 7-0.
8:21 p.m.: Allen again gashing New England’s defense with his legs. He rushes out to the right for a 15-yard gain to make it a 1st-and-goal from the New England 9.
8:18 p.m.: Josh Allen shows off the wheels, rushing for 26 yards out to the New England 31.
8:17 p.m.: Devin Singletary is able to fight across the marker for a gain of four to give the Bills the early first down.
8:15 p.m.: The Bills receive the opening kickoff, and will start at their own 30.
Patriots vs. Bills start time
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET.
The NFL’s second wild-card game on Saturday will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET from Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
What channel is Patriots vs. Bills on today?
- TV channel (national): CBS
- TV channel (Boston): WBZ 4
- TV channel (Buffalo): WIVB
- Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
Patriots vs. Bills will air nationally on CBS at 8:15 p.m ET. Ian Eagle and Charles Davis will call the game from the booth while Evan Washburn reports from the sidelines.
In Canada, viewers can watch Patriots vs. Bills with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.
NFL playoff schedule: Wild Card round
Saturday, Jan. 9
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||TV channel|
|Raiders at Bengals||4:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Patriots at Bills||8:15 p.m.||CBS|
Sunday, Jan. 10
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||TV channel|
|Eagles at Buccaneers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|49ers at Cowboys||4:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Steelers at Chiefs||8:15 p.m.||NBC|
Monday, Jan. 11
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||TV channel|
|Cardinals at Rams||8:15 p.m.||ABC, ESPN, ESPN2|