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Bills become the first team in NFL history to pitch a ‘perfect’ offensive game in playoff win over Patriots

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The Buffalo Bills had an offensive performance for the ages, a feat that has never been executed in NFL history. In the Bills’ 47-17 blowout victory over the New England Patriots, Buffalo never punted, kicked a field goal, nor turned the ball over — the first team in league history to go an entire game with no kicks, punts, or turnovers. 

Buffalo’s first negative play from scrimmage came on the second-to-final play of the game, a kneeldown from backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky to run the clock out. The Bills scored on their first seven possessions, the first team in NFL playoff history to accomplish that feat. 

Here was the “perfect” offensive game by the Bills:

  • Scored a touchdown on all seven offensive drives (excluding kneeldowns)
  • Averaged 12.3 yards per pass
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per rush
  • Did not take a sack
  • Went 6-for-7 on 3rd down and the only 3rd down they did not convert was the final kneeldown of the game
  • Had more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (four)
  • Gained yards on 49 of 51 plays (excluding kneeldowns)
  • Only negative yardage plays were two kneeldowns at the end of the game

The Bills are the second team in the Super Bowl era to score a touchdown on seven straight possessions in a playoff game. The only other team to accomplish that feat was the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Houston Texans. The 47 points were the most points a Bill Belichick coached team has ever allowed in a playoff game, including his time as a head coach and defensive coordinator.

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No team may ever accomplish what the Bills did in the playoffs Saturday — a new first in the NFL record books. 

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