The Patriots have cut the Buffalo lead to just four points after Stephen Gostkowski started off the second half with a field goal.
While the Patriots' hopes of knotting things up before the half died when Tom Brady had a pass tipped by his receiver for an interception, the Bills' 45-yard field goal attempt ended up wide of the mark, leaving the score 21-14 when New England received the ball to start the second half.
The offensive execution was not terribly pretty coming out of halftime. After Aaron Hernandez picked up 19 yards on a reverse, Rob Gronkowski dropped what could have been a big gain, and Stevan Ridley fumbled--mercifully out of bounds--after a 13-yard run. Brady and Gronkowski again failed to hook up on the ensuing first down, this time because Brady threw it into the dirt, but they finally made it work on the next play as Gronkowski picked up 17 yards over the middle.
Unfortunately, that was where the drive died out. Stevan Ridley was stopped at the line, Wes Welker couldn't recover after slipping to the ground, and Brady couldn't connect with Aaron Hernandez on third down, forcing the Patriots to turn to Stephen Gostkowski for the field goal.