Pictures from New England Patriots 49-21 stomping of Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots closed out its 2011 regular season by beating visiting Buffalo Bills 49-21 at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2012. With the win the Patriots secured the AFC number 1 seed, meaning the Patriots will play a divisional playoff game, and, should they win it, the AFC Championship Game, at home.

Patriots got off to a rough start, falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter. At that point boos rained down at the home team, but the fans turned quickly as soon as the home team showed some sign of life and by the time New England cut Buffalo’s lead to 21-14 the crowd seemed about as joyous and confident as one could have expected if the team had a 14-point lead.

It took until the fourth quarter for the Patriots to get there but once they did the Bills caved completely and New England added another 14 points.

For a couple of weeks in a row Patriots defense have started out breaking, thenm bending, then dominating. Against the Bills, Sterling Moore made two excellent interceptions. The first one set up Patriots go ahead touchdown in the third quarter, the second one was returned by Moore for a touchdown.

New England Patriots runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores his second touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills on January 1, 2012.

New England Patriots runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores his first touchdown against Buffalo Bills o Jabuary 1, 2012.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambles in the second quarter as New England's defense turns up the heat.

C. J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills runningback, scores his teams third touchdown in the first quarter against New England Patriots.

C.J. Spiller breaks free from New England Patriots defenders.

New England Patriots runningback Danny Woodhead scores a two-point conversion to put Patriots up 28-21 in the third quarter asgainst Buffalo Bills.

Stevan Ridley was the New England Patriots leading rusher against Buffalo Bills, with 81 yards on 15 carries.

Tom Brady is sacked in the first quarter by Arthur Moats.

Tom Brady throws a short pass to tight end Aaaron Hernandez.

Tom Brady throws another short pass to Aaron Hernandez.

Tom Brady throws a short pass to Wes Welker.