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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
The rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots is a rivalry where the power has shifted hands convincingly time and time again throughout the history of those franchises. When one team is at the top of their game, the other usually struggles to find their footing, thanks in large part to the fact that the Bills and Patriots play each other regularly during AFC East competition.
This iconic east coast football rivalry began in 1960 during the time spent by both teams in the AFL. After the AFL-NFL merger, the rivalry only intensified. Buffalo has sent all-time greats like Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Jim Kelly into games against the Patriots, while the Patriots have answered in the years since with the legendary combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
The teams have traded the upper hand in this rivalry in just about every decade since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, with the Bills outplaying the Patriots in their matchups in the '70s and '90s, while the Patriots had the better of the '80s, and everything that has come after the year 2000.
Historic Bills vs. Patriots Games
Despite all of the meetings between the Bills and Patriots, the teams have met in the postseason just one time, with that contest taking place during the divisional round of the 1963 AFL playoffs. The Patriots won that game by a final score of 26-8, with their defense reigning supreme over their foes from Western New York.
In regular season action, the Patriots managed to dash the Bills' playoff hopes in the 1994 NFL season, with a win in a key game with both teams separated by just one game in the standings going in. Buffalo had scored 17 of the first 20 points in that game, but were shut down to the tune of 38 unanswered points by the Patriots, who won the game by a score of 41-17.
Jim Kelly's final season was in 1996, and he made his presence felt one last time against his heated rival by throwing a 63-yard touchdown pass to help secure the Bills the last win over the Patriots of his storied NFL career.
The 2000s saw the Patriots dominate the Bills, but Buffalo managed to pick up one of the more impressive wins over the Patriots in their history in 2003, when they shut the Patriots down to the tune of a 31-0 blowout. In a night game, this was thought to be a turning point in the rivalry, until the Patriots came back with a 31-0 win of their own later that season. The 31-0 win for the Bills was their last over the Patriots until the 2011 season.
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