The weather was the highlight of the game, as the game was altered by extreme winds combined with snow. As a result, the Patriots only passed one time during the first 53 minutes of the game. The Patriots' Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson dominated the game, putting New England in scoring position often enough to win.
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- Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
- Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
- Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.
- Damien Harris: 10 carries, 111 yards (75 yards before contact), 1 TD
- Rhamondre Stevenson: 24 carries, 77 yards
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Monitor Damien Harris‘ injury: Harris was the MVP of the first quarter with a 64-yard touchdown run, which made the difference for the game. Late in the first half, he took himself off the field with a hamstring injury. He attempted to play again in the second half but didn’t look good after another first down run. He didn’t come back in for the rest of the night.
If this injury is serious, Rhamondre Stevenson would be the primary runner for New England and a must-start.
The Bills' 3-man backfield: The Bills also attempted to establish the run, but couldn’t stick with it due to their lack of success. Devin Singletary led the team in both carries and routes run among running back but only averaged a little more than two yards per carry. Matt Breida, who was a star for the past month, only touched the ball twice. Zack Moss had been inactive recently but nearly matched Singletary's carry total. It’s possible to trust a Bills back in a good matchup if one of the three is inactive. If it’s a three-man backfield or against a good run defense, it’s a situation to avoid.
Don’t overreact to the wide receivers or tight ends: No wide receiver or tight end had a good game outside of maybe Gabriel Davis, who scored a touchdown. This was entirely related to the weather. The Patriots' snap distribution looked especially odd because they were constantly in run situations. N’Keal Harry is their typical wide receiver in one wide receiver sets, which is why his snap count was so high. Similarly, Jonnu Smith has been used in run situations while Hunter Henry plays in passing situations, so Smith dominated in snaps for the first time in New England. This should all go back to normal when they aren’t playing in extreme weather.