Patriots carry on, get big payoff

Facing three-game skid, Bill Belichick sticks to plan and ground game delivers

Updated: October 1, 2012, 6:42 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The vultures were circling around the New England Patriots. Even Bill Belichick acknowledged that his team was close to absorbing a knockout punch from the Buffalo Bills.

Honestly, what were you thinking right around the time the Patriots gave up a 68-yard catch-and-run touchdown four minutes into the third quarter, falling behind 21-7?

Perhaps it was one of these: Maybe this team just doesn't have it this year … Fire offensive coordinator Josh ...

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