Manuel says injuries are a matter of bad luck [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you have the injuries I’ve had, there’s always surgical things you can do to repair it, and then there’s also ways if you just get rest and certain things like that, it might repair itself,” he said. “So I just have to make that decision.”'
EJ Manuel says he will enter 2014 as Bills' starting QB [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think a lot of my injuries have just been misfortunate occurrences in a football game," Manuel said. "You're in a tough sport and I know I'm a tough guy and if I could've gotten back out there I would have, no question about it. That's all I can say about the injuries. They're behind me now, I can get healthy, and just come back ready to go."'
Buffalo Bills fire receivers coach [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hilliard oversaw a young corps of receivers, however, that included rookie draft picks Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Woods caught 40 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns, the first Bills rookie with 40 catches since Lee Evans in 2004.'
Bills got better in 2013, just not nearly enough [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“Continuity wins in this business if you can keep making progress,” Brandon said. “And like I said, (I’m) very disappointed in sitting up here at 6-10, but I have all the faith and belief in coach (Marrone) and Doug (Whaley) to continue to get this ship pointed in the right direction and see significant progress as we enter 2014.'
Bills-in-Toronto series on thin ice? Perhaps [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“We’re still in that evaluation mode,” Brandon said, four weeks after he’d first indicated the series might be reconsidered. “Nothing has changed since the last time I spoke on it.'
Bills still a work in progress after 6-10 finish [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'He then proceeded to express disappointment with a 6-10 finish in which the Bills extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons. That, Brandon says, needs to change entering Year 2 of his rebuilding plan.'
Highs and lows of the Bills' 6-10 season [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Biggest Disappointment: Manuel's knee injuries. The first-round draft pick's development was stunted because he couldn't stay healthy.'
Bills fire WR coach Ike Hilliard [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Hilliard oversaw a young group of receivers that included rookies Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Hilliard completed his third season as an NFL coach. He previously spent 12 seasons playing in the NFL, split between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay.'
Bills' Marrone tells Manuel he'll start in 2014 [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I do know I'm the leader and the quarterback right now of this team," Manuel said, likely throwing water on the fire some have built for the Bills to consider drafting another young quarterback. "You know, with that being said, I'm going to continue to work hard."'
Bills want Jairus Byrd back [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We've had a conversation -- myself and Russ -- sat and talked to Jairus, and we're gonna make an offer to the guy and we're gonna try to keep him," said Bills General Manager Doug Whaley during the team's season-ending press conference. "We're gonna try to the best of abilities because we're in the business of collecting good players and he's a good player."'
Bills let one coach go, Crossman still employed [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hilliard served as the team's wide receivers coach for the past season. He joined Marrone's staff last off-season after having the same title with the Washington Redskins in 2012. When asked why Hilliard was let go, Marrone didn't get into too many specifics. "It's just a difference, in really, a philosophy," he said on Monday.'
Brandon, Whaley, and Marrone talk 2013 Bills [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Obviously it’s been a season of missed opportunities for us. We are obviously disappointed in the outcome of our season. We fell short of our stated goal which was to make the playoffs, but everything in this organization’s focus is to get to the second season next year. I am pleased with the direction of the franchise and the leadership of Coach Marrone and Doug Whaley.'
Bills WRs coach Hilliard relieved of duties [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Again the evaluation starts with me,” Marrone said in the team’s season-ending press conference. “We’ve already made one change. Ike Hilliard is no longer with us. We appreciate what Ike has done in helping us try to reach our goal this year and we fell short.”'
Seven announced as reserve/future signings [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed the below seven players as reserve/future signings...'.
NFL releases tentative draft order, Bills to pick 9th [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The draft order is determined by the following procedures...'.
Jackson's inspiring performance not enough [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It just shows his tenacity, man,” Thad Lewis told BuffaloBills.com. “That guy there is just unbelievable. One of his favorite guys is The Incredible Hulk, so we kind of call him that.”'
As Expected, Bills Were A Six-Win Team [10:31 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But Bills’ fans are used to disappointment ... as in 14 straight years without a playoff appearance.'
Patriots make Bills pay for unforced errors [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Patriots (12-4) were good, but the Bills made it too easy for them. Let’s count the ways...'.
Defense plays big role in latest Foxborough flop [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the defense wasn’t up to it. By now, we should expect this sort of thing. These guys are great front-runners. But put them in a meaningful situation – at the Steelers and Jets, against the Falcons in Toronto, fill in your own game – they come up small again.'
Dareus angry at himself after second straight benching [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I just hate that I put my team in a position like that,” Dareus said Sunday at his locker stall. “As a player, I’m just going to get better. Me and coach talked about it. I’m going to grow as a player in the offseason and continue to just work.”'
Mark Gaughan’s quarter-by-quarter report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bad penalties: The Bills took two of them on the same play.'
Running game gets Bills’ only decent grade [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sure, Marcell Dareus’ first-half absence made it harder for Buffalo to stuff the run. But any group of professional humans should keep a player under 100 yards with 12:14 still left in the second quarter.'
Buffalo Bills close out season with loss to New England [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're where we are and if I get up here and start talking about closer and this and that ... you've got to go out there and do it at the end of the day and we haven't done that," Marrone said.'
Groundhog Day at Gillette Stadium [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Inconsistent, non-winning quarterback play? Yep, Thad Lewis followed right along in the footsteps of ghosts past — Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards, J.P. Losman, Drew Bledsoe, etc.'
Three and out [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' On a miserable day for throwing, the Patriots simply altered their plan and ran the ball right down the Bills' throats to the tune of 267 yards. It was absurd.'
Report card [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills really thought they had a chance to pull the upset, and that would have accomplished some goals, namely, ending their Gillette jinx. But as has happened so often against the Patriots, they made too many mistakes to have a chance to win. It's an old, tired story.'
Special teams costs Buffalo Bills again in loss to Patriots [1:50 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Once again, mental mistakes, drops and missed tackles cost the team a win.'
Bills Postgame Quotes - 12/29/2013 [1:50 AM]
Patriots.com reports: 'I felt really good about coming in and winning this football game. I really did. I felt that we had good plans. I felt that we had a good formula for what we needed to do to win. I think it was explained well during the week. I think all the players understood it. You know, we went out there and didn’t execute.'
Monday's New England Coverage [1:49 AM]
LeGarrette Blount, Patriots secure first-round bye (Boston Globe)
Patriots’ toughness on display in finale win (Boston Globe)
Bills can’t weather Blount force (Boston Globe)
The real season begins now for the Patriots (Boston Globe)
Julian Edelman reflects, a bit, on breakthrough year (Boston Globe)
Rain falls, but so do records for Stephen Gostkowski (Boston Globe)
They started by feasting on bison (Boston Globe)
Photo gallery (Boston Globe)
Patriots float into postseason with Blount as latest hero (Boston Herald)
Patriots land in good spot (Boston Herald)
Edelman joins Pats’ century club (Boston Herald)
Sealver Siliga’s fortunes change (Boston Herald)
To be perfectly Blount (Boston Herald)
Death, taxes and 12 wins (Boston Herald)
Ankle injury can’t keep Logan Mankins from doing job (Boston Herald)
Best & Worst from Pats-Bills game (Boston Herald)
Play of the game: Many happy returns (Boston Herald)
Photo gallery (Boston Herald)
New England steamrolls its way into playoffs (Providence Journal)
In winning AFC East and earning bye, Patriots take unusual route to familiar place (Providence Journal)
Save for his dad, Pats’ Edelman has silenced all the critics (Providence Journal)
Talib’s tip to bring Blount to New England hit the jackpot (Providence Journal)
Gostkowski grew more confident (Providence Journal)
Patriots to host playoff game Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. (Providence Journal)
Photo gallery (Providence Journal)
Seeds of success (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Blount force (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Kicking game marches on through weather (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Patriots earn a bye (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
WR Edelman reaches new heights (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Driving rain a rallying call for Patriots fans (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Driving rain a rallying call for Patriots fans (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
LeGarrette Blount helps Patriots clinch bye (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
Edelman key as Patriots take care of business (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
Patriots' line earns praise for work in trenches (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
Gostkowski sets Patriots points record in win (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
LeGarrette Blount carries New England Patriots to AFC's No. 2 seed in 34-20 win over Buffalo Bills (Springfield Republican)
LeGarrette Blount has career-best performance in 34-20 win over Buffalo Bills (Springfield Republican)
No longer a quarterback who plays wide receiver, Julian Edelman pieces together career year (Springfield Republican)
The New England Patriots begin playoff run Jan. 11 (Springfield Republican)
Recap & highlights (Springfield Republican)
Belichick proud of players after 12-win regular season (Brockton Enterprise)
Blount carried team, Bills defenders on back (Brockton Enterprise)
Blount force nets Pats the No. 2 seed (Metro West Daily News)
Season starts anew now that playoffs are here (Metro West Daily News)
Edelman making loss of Welker irrelevant (Metro West Daily News)
Blount's record-setting day leads Patriots into playoffs (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Hector Longo's Two-Minute Drill (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Once again, They did it the old-fashioned way (Manchester Union Leader)
5 Things We Learned from Sunday's Game (New Bedford Standard Times)
Let’s celebrate first-round bye, not being Bills fans (Nashua telegraph)
Edelman locks up personal best year (Nashua telegraph)
A fine body of work for Blount (Portland Press Herald)
A day in the rain may precede a reign (Portland Press Herald)
LeGarrette Blount Picks Right Time To Make Statement With Patriots (Hartford Courant)
Beat-up Patriots earn some rest (Lowell Sun)
LeGarrette Blount Carries Patriots to Victory Over Bills With Record-Setting Performance (NESN)
Julian Edelman’s 100-Catch, 1,000-Yard Season for Patriots Did Not Come Easy (NESN)
Bill Belichick Says He Talked to Aqib Talib About LeGarrette Blount Before Patriots Traded For Him (NESN)
Patriots’ First-Round Playoff Bye Will Be Extra Valuable After Injury-Plagued Regular Season (NESN)
LeGarrette Blount, Sealver Siliga Among Five Stars of Patriots’ Win Over Bills (NESN)
Patriots get Blount with the Bills, 34-20 (CSN New England)
Edelman hits 100-catch, 1000-yard marks for Pats (CSN New England)
Overachieving Pats will be a 'tough' out (CSN New England)
Belichick took Talib's word on Blount before trade (CSN New England)
Gostkowski breaks two Patriots franchise records (CSN New England)
Curran's Patriots - Bills preview review (CSN New England)
Patriots to play Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 pm (CSN New England)
Superlatives: Patriots-Bills (CSN New England)
LeGarrette Blount Steps Up, Alters Playoff Picture With Dominant Performance (WBZ-TV)
Patriots Secure No. 2 Seed In AFC, First-Round Playoff Bye With Win In Week 17 (WBZ-TV)
Julian Edelman Becomes Third Patriot In History To Catch 100 Passes In A Season (WBZ-TV)
Andre Carter Reflective Prior To What May Be Final Regular-Season Game Of 13-Year Career (WBZ-TV)
Four Ups, Four Downs From Patriots’ 34-20 Win Over Bills (WBZ-TV)
Tampa Two helped change fortunes of 2013 Patriots (WEEI-FM)
Juian Edelman reaches two franchise milestones in win over Bills (WEEI-FM)
LeGarrette Blount: "We had to man up and play tough football" (WEEI-FM)
Stephen Gostkowski's record-breaking season could pay dividends in postseason (WEEI-FM)
Snap judgments (WEEI-FM)
Game Notes: Bills vs. Patriots (Patriots.com)
Patriots Postgame Quotes - 12/29/2013 (Patriots.com)
Bills Postgame Quotes - 12/29/2013 (Patriots.com)
Bill Belichick Postgame Press Conference Transcript (Patriots.com)
Tom Brady Postgame Press Conference Transcript (Patriots.com)
Rob Ninkovich Press Conference Transcript (Patriots.com)
Photo gallery (Patriots.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (WGRZ-TV)
Blount leads Pats to bye with 34-20 win over Bills [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'While the Patriots earned their eighth bye in Bill Belichick's 14 seasons as coach, the Bills (6-10) missed the playoffs for the 14th straight year, the league's longest current streak.'
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