It was all set up perfectly.
After a huge defensive stop held the Patiots to only a field goal, the Bills were about to get the ball back trailing by only six points, with a chance to win the game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had been on fire all afternoon, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in the contest.
After driving down into the New England redzone, it appeared as if the Bills were poised to upset the Patriots.
They had fought through tough circumstances the entire afternoon, dealing with penalties and a defensive unit that couldn’t generate stops.
However, with less than one minute left in the game, the Bills still had a chance.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his first and only interception of the afternoon, trying to squeeze a pass to rookie wide receiver TJ Graham in the back of the endzone.
The pass, unfortunate. The loss, even more unfortunate for the Bills and their fans.
Entering Sunday, not many people gave Buffalo a chance at upsetting New England.
In fact, many people had already circled the game as a loss for the Bills.
But when game time came, the Bills came out strong and gave the mighty Patriots a tough contest.
With an opportunity to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season, the Bills needed to find a way to finish off the game and pull out the victory.
Not only did the Bills need a win to stay around .500 but they also needed a win to change the losing vibe around the team that had set in over the past few weeks.
A win would have gotten the Bills to 4-5 overall with a much easier stretch of games in front of them.
At 4-5, players as well as fans could reasonably say that the Bills were capable of making a run, and who knows, possibly get back into playoff contention.
It wouldn’t have been an outrageous statement. For crying out loud, they would have just beaten the Patriots!
But with the outcome ending in a loss instead of win that can no longer be said.
Buffalo now sits at 3-6 overall, 2.5 games behind Pittsburgh for the final wild card spot in the AFC.
What looked like an easier stretch ahead for the Bills is now composed of must-win games if the team still wants to be in contention come December.
Buffalo’s next four games take place against Miami, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and St, Louis.
While the Bills are definitely capable of winning against any of those teams, they now have zero room for error.
At 3-6, things look bleak for the Bills, especially after blowing a great opportunity to upset the Patriots.
With only seven games left in the season, it’s now time that we see what the Bills have left in their tanks.
How they finish off this season will determine the direction the Bills take from here on out.
While an opportunity to upset the Patriots was wasted, it’s now time to see what the Bills are truly made of.
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