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Points after: Patriots 37, Bills 31

By Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills played admirably, but dropped to 3-6 and remain last in the AFC East, one game behind the Miami Dolphins, who lost big to the Tennessee Titans. The Patriots are 6-3. (The 3-5 New York Jets visited the Seattle Seahawks at 4:05 p.m.)

Yellow flags: Referee Bill Leavy's crew penalized the Bills 14 times for 148 yards, their worst game since the NFL-AFL merger. The Bills were whistled 10 times for 119 yards in the first half. Four-fifths of the offensive line had at least one penalty.

Play of the day: With 28 seconds left on second down and the ball on the Patriots' 15-yard line, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception in the end zone on a pass intended for T.J. Graham.

Star of the game: Patriots safety Devin McCourty snagged Fitzpatrick's end zone interception and forced a Fred Jackson fumble on the goal line. Both plays came in the fourth quarter.

Bills star of the game: After getting six carries in the Week Nine loss to the Houston Texans, Spiller ran nine times for 70 yards and had four catches for 61 yards.

Jackson no slouch: Spiller's backfield mate ran with a purpose before leaving with an injury late. Jackson had 16 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for another 35 yards. But he fumbled twice.

Gronk report: Amherst boy Rob Gronkowski got into the end zone again. He had three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown, giving him at least one in his six career games against the Bills.

Preliminary injury report: Bills receiver Donald Jones and Jackson left the game inside the final 75 seconds. Jones fell hard while trying to make a catch and returned to the game. Jackson fumbled when he got drilled by linebacker Brandon Spikes and didn't come back. The Patriots lost starting guards Logan Mankins (ankle) and Dan Connolly (back) in the third quarter.

Coming up: The Bills have a short week, hosting the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium on "Thursday Night Football."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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