January 02, 2012
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
New England scored the final 49 points of the game to win, 49-21, and clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Patriots Antwaun Molden, Devin McCourty, and Patrick Chung appeared to walk on air following McCourty’s interception against the Bills in the regular-season finale.
Defenders Aaron Williams (left) and Bryan Scott are powerless to stop Rob Gronkowski from giving the Patriots a 28-21 lead with a third-quarter TD reception.
Sterling Moore picked off a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass intended for Ruvell Martin (left) in the third quarter. The interception set up the Patriots’ go-ahead TD.
Gronkowski finished the season with 1,327 receiving yards, setting the NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end in a season.
By throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns, Patriots QB Tom Brady (above, getting some help from Matt Light) surpassed the 5,000-yard mark for the season.
Bills running back C.J. Spiller was stopped in his tracks by a trio of Patriots: Patrick Chung, Mark Anderson, and Brandon Spikes (bottom).
Aaron Hernandez struck a pose just for the Bills’ George Wilson as he strode untouched into the end zone in the second quarter.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis went above and beyond, diving over Bills defenders for a second-quarter touchdown.