Almost only counts in . . . [6:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Containing Flutie most of the time just isn't enough. That was a point Pats coach Bill Belichick made at his postgame press conference. That final, overtime drive for the Bills' winning field goal "was not what we were looking for," Belichick said.'
Brown's brilliance goes unrewarded [6:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Brown, with an all-purpose performance that also included a team-high 49 yards on three catches, once again stepped up as one of the few weapons with impact during yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo.'
J.R. picks up longest yard [6:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'In yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo, the Patriots ran eight plays from the Bills' 1-yard line and came away with just one score - a touchdown run from rookie J.R. Redmond.'
Friesz handles the chill [6:10 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'That they voiced their displeasure with a chorus of boos was not surprising, and the least surprised guy in Foxboro was Friesz himself.'
Milloy can't knock QB now [6:09 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Milloy was subdued if not outright contrite yesterday. The safety might not have been personally taken to the cleaners, but he had to accept the fact that Flutie once again put a defense through the rinse cycle.'
Flutie figures out a way [6:08 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'For a long stretch during the second half of yesterday's overtime win over the Patriots, Doug Flutie didn't play like a man who has magic dust in his veins. Instead, he looked more like a guy who should be holding a clipboard.'
Christie gets his kicks in OT [6:07 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Before designated snapper Ethan Albright could center the ball, the Patriots called timeout to give Christie time to contemplate his situation. "Actually, it gave me time to clean the mud out of my boots, so it was a good thing," Christie said.'
Lucky break for Drew? [6:06 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'And make no mistake, if the right thumb Bledsoe jammed in the first quarter of New England's 16-13 overtime loss to the Bills is broken, it would be a great stroke of good fortune for him, and possibly even for the Pats.'
Bishop looks at idle time [6:05 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Michael Bishop had a feeling he would be the Patriots' No. 3 quarterback for the rest of the season - and that was before he spent virtually the entire game on the bench yesterday.'
Pats loss a big pain in the back pocket [6:04 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So Drew bashers, hope you had a good look at life without Bledsoe. Pats bettors did and it hurts.'
The defense rests: Verdict for Bills [6:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'If you thought a 2-6 start represented rock-bottom for the Patriots, think again.'
Christie aces toughest test yet [6:01 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Oakville, Ontario, native now is responsible for winning kicks in four of the Bills' five wins. All four have come in the final minute or in overtime. He's won three games on the final play.'
Friesz falls short in his first rescue mission for Pats [6:00 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Friesz is the first to admit that he didn't exactly light it up.'
Prospect of losing Bledsoe clouds already difficult season [5:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots will be hurting, big-time, if Bledsoe can't play.'
Pats Can't Reach Goal [5:58 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'How often has an allegedly professional football team have a first down on its opponent's 1-yard line three times on the same possession and fail to score? It happened to the Patriots in the third quarter Sunday.'
Friesz's Performance Brings Cool Reception [5:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'It was not," Friesz said, "the first time I was booed." It was the first time Friesz was booed as a Patriots quarterback.'
Some Tough Questions [5:55 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Bledsoe, who had no cast or bandage on his hand afterward and said he hoped to play next week at Cleveland, was aggravated himself. Aggravated by the loss and perhaps by his own misplaced inference that his toughness was being questioned.'
Flutie too much [5:54 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Doug Flutie almost never loses in Foxboro. The New England Patriots almost never win there anymore, either.'
When It Counts, Poof [5:58 PM]
Patriots Football reports: 'It's pretty sad when you predict exactly how your team will lose a game with 2:08 to play, and you turn out right on the button.'
Bills 16 Pats 13 OT [5:57 PM]
Patriots Football reports: 'The Patriots' inability to finish off teams in close games continued Sunday afternoon, as Steve Christie kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime to give the Buffalo Bills a 16-13 win over New England.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13, OT [5:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Steve Christie did it again, only this time he saved the Buffalo Bills twice in one game.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13 [4:38 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The rain and wind at Foxboro Stadium were the perfect backdrop for another Doug Flutie miracle.'
Bills - Patriots preview [10:17 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'The New England defense needs to return to form and match the performance of Buffalo's outstanding unit.'
Putting heat on Bledsoe is crucial for Bills [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the Patriots figure to rely heavily on their biggest gun - Drew Bledsoe. That should be good news for the Bills' front seven.'
Butler's bargaining position improves as season moves along [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The more pressing business is assuring that John Butler stays with the Bills as their general manager. Butler, whose contract with Buffalo expires after this season, will be pursued with as much passion by rival teams as any free-agent player.'
Bills have recent history of Foxboro flops [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills, 17-13.'
This Coach wears the headset [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is out with its new Buffalo Bills pets calendar and, as always, Phillips is pictured with his 12-year-old bulldog, Coach. This year, there's a twist - Coach is wearing a headset.'
Bills' defense worth a nickel [9:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"I'm worried that the dime defense has given up some big plays ... and we pride ourselves on not giving up big plays. With the nickel, it gives us a little different look."'
Bills hope for a playoff run [7:47 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've got an eight-game season now and we'll see how we react," said strong safety Henry Jones, who has gone to the playoffs seven of his previous 10 seasons as a Bill. "We need to continue to work hard and stay focused and take it one day at a time. We've got some things we need to clean up . . . but we're going to go out and fix them."'
Pats have had fill of flaky Flutie [7:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'The New England Patriots are sick of Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie stealing their thunder.'
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