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ORCHARD PARK, N. ... mme-ig-53/ .Y. -- Theres nothing wrong with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots that a game against their familiar AFC East patsies -- the Buffalo Bills -- cant fix. Not even after Brady and Co. spotted them a 14-point, third-quarter lead. Brady responded by directing six straight touchdown drives in the second half on Sunday en route to a 52-28 blowout. It was a game in which the Patriots (2-2) produced 580 total yards, forced six turnovers and avoided their first three-game losing streak in 10 years. "Down 21-7 and on the road, backs against the wall, and I thought we showed a lot of heart," Brady said. "Thats what this team is made of. And were going to battle until the end, I know that." Brady finished 22 of 36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns, plus one rushing. The 580 yards was the fourth-most in team history. Cornerback Devin McCourty had two interceptions in keying a defence that forced six turnovers and had three sacks. Running back Stevan Ridley scored twice. Wes Welker had nine catches for 129 yards, and tight end Rob Gronkowski had five for 104 yards and a touchdown as both players bounced back from first-half fumbles. "You cant panic," Gronkowski said. "When you panic, nothing good happens from there. We just stuck to the game plan." The comeback began immediately after Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Donald Jones for a 68-yard touchdown pass on the Bills first possession of the second half. Brady responded with an eight-play, 80-yard drive by hitting Danny Woodhead for a 17-yard touchdown. After tying the game with a 4-yard run, Brady capped a five-play 63-yard drive by hitting Gronkowski with a 28-yard touchdown pass. The Patriots scored 35 points in a span of 12:41 in building a 42-21 lead on Brandon Boldens 7-yard run. "We just played and executed better," coach Bill Belichick said. "Its no magic." Magic no. Familiar, yes. New England improved to 17-1 in its past 18 meetings against Buffalo, and 22-2 dating to the 2000 season. The Patriots lost their last trip to Orchard Park, 34-31 after blowing a 21-0 lead. This time it was the Bills turn to unravel. After Jones scored, nothing else went right. Buffalo combined for two first downs and 31 yards on its next four drives, two of which ended with turnovers. Bills coach Chan Gailey was embarrassed. "I dont like to play like that, and I dont like to think thats who we are," Gailey said. "But thats who we were today. You cant sugarcoat it." The news gets even worse as Buffalo enters a stretch in which it will play four of its next five on the road. Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn and starting right guard Kraig Urbik both hurt their right ankles and did not return. Gailey said both could miss games. The Bills offence sagged despite the return of its two top running backs. Fred Jackson had 29 yards rushing and 50 receiving in his first game back since spraining his right knee in a season-opening loss. Spiller had 33 yards rushing and 5 receiving after hurting his left shoulder in at Cleveland last weekend. Both also fumbled, with Spillers coming on a goal-line plunge late in the first quarter. It was a dreadful outing for Mario Williams -- who signed a six-year, $100 million contract in March -- and the Bills high-priced defensive line. Buffalo managed one sack. Otherwise, the defence gave up the second most yards in franchise history, and most points since a 56-10 loss to New England on Nov. 18, 2007. "A loss is a loss. I dont label it anything," Williams said, when asked if it was embarrassing. He placed the blame on the Bills inability to stop the run. Bolden had 137 yards rushing and Ridley 106. "When you have two guys rushing for 100 yards, somethings up," Williams said. "We have to have a reality check and see whats going on." Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 39 for 350 yards and four scores -- including two to Scott Chandler. The game had additional significance to the Patriots, as it featured the return of the NFLs regular officials after they reached a new eight-year agreement on Thursday. It came after Belichick was fined $50,000 by the NFL for grabbing an officials arm to question whether Justin Tuckers 27-yard field goal would be reviewed following a 31-30 loss at Baltimore last weekend. Patriots owner Robert Kraft made sure to welcome back John Parry and his crew, by waiting in the tunnel following the game and attempting to shake each of the officials hands as they made their way off the field. Kraft then waited for Bradys arrival, and shook the quarterbacks hand, as well. The two then smiled and chatted in making their way to the locker room. NOTES: Brady improved to 19-2 against the Bills, a stretch in which he has 49 touchdowns and seven 300-yard games. .... Buffalos 4-22 in its last 26 games against division opponents. ... The win was the 194th of Belichicks career, moving him into eighth place on the NFL list, one ahead of Chuck Knox. . Now hes looking for a few more hits. Pence belted his first grand slam in more than four years, Matt Cain dodged trouble for five-plus innings and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday night. ... +-3-bo-93/ . -- If he had it do over again, U.The Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers swapped a pair of blueliners, moving a puck-mover for a stay-at-home defensive defenceman. Numbers Game breaks down the deal. The Wild Get: D Tom Gilbert. Gilbert, 29, is a skilled defenceman whose production has fallen since his first couple years in the league, to the point that he has modest totals of three goals and 17 points in 47 games this season. Gilbert also has a minus-4 rating, while playing nearly 23 minutes per game. To his credit, Gilbert ranked best among Oilers defencemen in shot differential this season (plus-0.1, per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play; while facing the second-highest level of competition. While Gilbert has size (6-foot-3, 206 pounds), he tends to play a passive game (his 1.15 hits per game this season was lowest among Edmonton defencemen), but his strength is in a puck-moving role and the Oilers have developed a couple of replacements this season, as Jeff Petry and Corey Potter have played significant roles for the Oilers. As a rookie, in 2007-2008, Gilbert scored a career-best 13 goals, then followed up with a career-high 45 points the next season, but his numbers have declined since. Going to Minnesota is a good opportunity for Gilbert, a Minnesota native. The Wilds defencemen have been the least productive group in the league this season, with 10 defencemen combining for 11 goals and 74 points on the season. Gilbert will play a prominent role for the Wild, offering improved puck skills. Gilberts cap hit is $4.0-million for the next two seasons (, making him the highest-paid member of the Wilds defence, but a fair price for a player that is capable of playing in all situations and will log 22-23 minutes per game. ... mme-mk-53/. The Oilers Get: D Nick Schultz. Schultz is a 29-year-old defensive defenceman that has established his credentials as a stay-at-home shutdown-style blueliner. Hes struggled somewhat this season, managing three points with a career-low minus-10 rating in 62 games. He also had the worst shot differential (minus-8.5 per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play) among Minnesota defencemen. Admittedly, Schultz tends to face quality opposition and has a long track record (plus-8 in 743 career games) to lean on, but Schultz offers a defensive presence that the Oilers sorely need. His 19:43 average ice time per game this season is his lowest since 2005-2006. Signed for two more years, at a cap hit of $3.5-million, Schultz will be counted on to provide stability to a unit that has been shaky, at best, in recent seasons. Edmontons ineffective defence prompted this move, but the Oilers may have overpaid, given the relative skill sets of the players involved. Since Schultz contributes so little at the offensive end, he will have to be substantially better than Gilbert defensively in order to provide equitable value. The bottom line is, individual value aside, that the Wild and Oilers both add players with skill sets that they sorely need. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '

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