But the real story here was that questionable hit in the fourth quarter on Bills' cornerback Tre'Davious White following an interception of Tom Brady. While Burkhead scored a pair of touchdowns, with 75 yards to boot, this game was further proof just how valuable Lewis can be when healthy. He ran for 32 yards on three carries and was sacked three times.
Gronkowski was not ejected from the game, but could face a suspension or fine.
Rookie Nathan Peterman replaced Taylor and led the Bills to the 1-yard-line on his first series before turning the ball over on downs. Burkhead would finish with over 100-all-purpose yards on the day. New England was an 8.5-point favorite in most spots (it might have closed closer to 7.5 points, but whatever) and expected to hammer its lowly division rival. The former Buffalo Bills back will not get a chance to take it to his former team on Sunday. With over 30-all objective yards on the drive to be capped off by a 14-yard rushing touchdown for Burkhead would extend the lead even further in the Patriots favor making it 23-3.
Ultimately it didn't matter because the Patriots ended up rolling the Bills in this game.More news: Georgia Leads Auburn by 3: SEC Championship First Half Analysis
Setting up this year's Patriots-Bills matchup, Brady said on Westwood One, "They've got a lot on the line".
Stephen Hauschka booted a 49-yard field goal as Buffalo trailed 9-3 at the half. The Patriots signed Lee from the Bills' practice squad on November 21. RT Cameron Fleming started in place of Marcus Cannon (ankle). This effort was particularly impressive because it came without leading sacker Trey Flowers, who missed the game with an injury to his ribs, and with linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who is usually an every-down player, playing a limited role.
Of course, this isn't the first time a sex toy has found it's way onto the field in Buffalo.