The New England Patriots played one of their worst games on defense this season.
However when it mattered most, safety Devin McCourty made the play that won the game.
After giving up 35 first downs and 481 yards, New England stopped the Buffalo Bills when McCourty intercepted a pass thrown right at him in the end zone with 23 seconds left.
That interception clinched a 37-31 win on Sunday that was tougher than expected against a team that lost for the fifth time in six games.
''No matter what happens in the game, there's nothing bigger than turnovers,'' McCourty said. ''A lot of times if you can just win that turnover ratio, you end up winning the game.''
The Patriots began the day with an AFC-best plus-13 turnover differential. They increased that to plus-16 with the interception and two fumble recoveries, one in the fourth quarter that the Patriots recovered at their 1-yard line.
Not bad for a team with only the 22nd-ranked defense going into the game.
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