ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Two things I think the TV cameras didn’t show …
- Stephen Gostkowski‘s 26-yard field goal attempt into the wind didn’t just go right … it was lifted up into the air and was thrown backward and to the right. The press box (usually a pretty quiet, professional environment) let out a collective roar of amazement when we watched it. I hope someone has a side angle of it. The end-zone camera angle didn’t do it justice.
- The play that ran the clock out at the end of the half was probably the smartest play I’ve seen all year. New England’s defense recognized that Bills lineman Duke Preston spent a couple seconds shoving people downfield at the end of the play. The entire Pats defense surrounded him and the players acted like they were shoving back — though not enough to draw a penalty — and knew they didn’t have to line up to block a field goal (even with 10 other Bills lined up in field-goal formation) as long as Preston was offside. Brilliant. One smart team on the field for that play. Only one.
— Scott Hanson is reporting from Ralph Wilson Stadium