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Rapid Reaction: Patriots 13, Bills 0

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New England Patriots did their part. Now they must wait. Right about the time their flight touches down they'll know their playoff fate.

The Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills, 13-0, in windswept Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Patriots are 11-5, but still might not make the playoffs depending on what happens in two games that kick off at 4:15 p.m.

The Patriots need either the New York Jets or Jacksonville Jaguars to win. If it's the former, then the Patriots would claim the AFC East title. If it's the latter, then the Patriots would make the playoffs as the second wild card.

Buffalo, meanwhile, finished 7-9 for the third straight season under head coach Dick Jauron, who might not keep his job after guiding the Bills to a 5-1 start and then overseeing their collapse.

Conditions were so nasty in Orchard Park, N.Y., that Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel's stat line looked more like a drive breakdown: 6 of 8 for 78 yards.

Patriots running backs Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan combined for 149 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries.

The Bills coped with the loss of Marshawn Lynch, who was deactivated because of a shoulder injury. His replacement, Fred Jackson, ran 26 times for a career-high 133 yards, but the Bills couldn't get into the end zone.

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was 14 of 25 for 128 yards and no interceptions, but he did lose a fumble.