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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Cautious Pats refused to throw in the wind


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 13-0 on Sunday despite Matt Cassel throwing eight passes in gusty Orchard Park, N.Y.

Elias Sports Bureau has determined that's the fewest attempts in a game since the Carolina Panthers installed a gadget, direct-snap offense to deal with the sudden need to use third-string quarterback Chris Weinke. DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams combined for 49 carries in a 10-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

The last time the Patriots threw so infrequently was in December 1982, the infamous Snow Plow game. Steve Grogan threw only five times to beat the Dolphins 3-0.