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NFL Week 18 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 35, New England Patriots 23

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Nyheim Hines (20) is greeted by teammates after scoring his second kickoff return for a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the third quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills survived a tough battle with the New England Patriots to win their first game since Damar Hamlin‘s on-field cardiac arrest, ending with a 35-23 victory.

Offensive spotlight: Stefon Diggs once again tormented the Patriots, catching seven of the 10 passes thrown his way for 104 yards and a touchdown. Diggs averaged 3.25 yards per route run, and passes sent his way generated a 137.1 passer rating.

Defensive spotlight: Tre’Davious White had arguably his best game since returning from injury. He allowed just one catch for 10 yards and tallied an interception.

Rookie spotlight: Rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam was beaten downfield by DeVante Parker for a touchdown and gave up 51 yards in total on three catches.

Offensive line spotlight: Josh Allen was under significant pressure during the game, with four of his five starting linemen giving up multiple pressures, one of which led directly to an interception in the red zone.

Box Score

Passing
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Mac Jones 19.22 26 / 40 243 6.1 3 3
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Josh Allen 22.76 19 / 31 254 8.2 3 1
Rushing
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Mac Jones 19.22 4 5 1.2 0 4
Rhamondre Stevenson 13.2 6 54 9 0 18
Damien Harris 6.2 13 48 3.7 0 19
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Josh Allen 22.76 9 16 1.8 0 7
James Cook 7.1 9 45 5 0 10
Devin Singletary 3.2 7 29 4.1 0 18
Receiving
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
DeVante Parker 25.9 7 6 79 11.3 2
Rhamondre Stevenson 13.2 6 5 28 4.7 0
Jakobi Meyers 12.2 7 3 32 4.6 1
Hunter Henry 10.2 7 6 42 6 0
Kendrick Bourne 8.5 5 4 45 9 0
Damien Harris 6.2 4 1 4 1 0
Tyquan Thornton 2.3 2 1 13 6.5 0
Nelson Agholor 0 1 0 0 0 0
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Stefon Diggs 26.4 10 7 104 10.4 1
John Brown 11.2 1 1 42 42 1
Dawson Knox 9.3 2 2 13 6.5 1
James Cook 7.1 2 2 6 3 0
Gabe Davis 6.9 10 3 39 3.9 0
Isaiah McKenzie 3.9 3 2 19 6.3 0
Khalil Shakir 3.8 2 1 28 14 0
Devin Singletary 3.2 1 1 3 3 0

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