ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Matt Light glanced up at the scoreboard hovering over Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday, the most pivotal day of the Patriots season, and peeked at the scores from out of town. Over the course of the afternoon, with the results from three games, Light knew their postseason aspirations would be crushed or cemented.
As word spread through the Patriots locker room following their own victory, a 17-10 survival against the Bills, the news gave the players reason to celebrate all over again. The Jets had lost to the Falcons, and the Dolphins had lost to the Titans. Barring an unthinkable collapse, the Patriots are going back the playoffs.