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Monday, November 12, 2012
Patriots' offensive streak halted

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Prior to Week 10 of the 2012 season, the last time the Patriots did not manage 350 yards of total offense was all the way back on Oct. 30, 2011.

That game against the Pittsburgh Steelers followed the Patriots' bye week, and it would not be until following the team's bye week in 2012 that it would be held under 350 yards of total offense again.

But that was the case on Sunday against the Bills, as Buffalo narrowly kept the Patriots below the 350-yard plateau with 347 yards, ending a streak of 17 consecutive games surpassing the total, an NFL record. Quarterback Tom Brady was held to 230 yards of net passing, and Buffalo limited the Patriots to 117 yards on the ground, down from 247 the last time the two teams played.

The Bills controlled the time of possession on Sunday with nearly an 8-minute edge, and also slowed the Patriots' offense down late in the game to keep the contest within reach. It was an impressive effort from a team that ranks 31st in total defense, allowing over 410 yards per game.

On Sunday, the Patriots have a chance to start a new streak when they host Indianapolis. Perhaps ironically, the Colts are allowing 350.6 yards per game thus far in 2012.