December 30, 2013
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The Patriots hosted the Bills in the finale of the regular season.
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Julian Edelman recovered a first-quarter fumble by teammate Shane Vereen for a first down.
Stevan Ridley was upended by Jairus Byrd after picking up 29 yards and a first down.
Sealver Siliga forced Bills quarterback Thad Lewis to fumble.
Edelman gained some yards after a catch.
Chandler Jones celebrated after the Patriots' defense stopped the Bills on a fourth-and-one in the second quarter.
LeGarrette Blount looked back at Jim Leonhard after a 36-yard touchdown run to add to the Patriots' lead.
Danny Amendola celebrated with Blount after the second-quarter touchdown.
Patriots fans sang along to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain" as it was played over the loudspeakers.
Edelman went airborne as he was sandwiched by Leodis McKelvin (left) and Leonhard after a 7-yard reception in the third quarter.
Blount eluded the defenders on his 83-yard return.
The Patriots celebrated Blount's return.
Blount would finish the game with 24 carries for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bills began to threaten the Patriots' lead in the second half.
Tom Brady tried his foot at punting, getting off a 32-yarder against the Bills during third-quarter action.
Blount was brought down by Nigel Bradham, creating a big splash.
Combined with his 145 kick return yards, Blount set a franchise record with 334 all-purpose yards.
The running back straight-armed Chris Hogan in a 62-yard return in the fourth quarter.
Stephen Gostkowski watched the flight of his 35-yard field goal.
Blount's dive to the end zone capped off a 35-yard touchdown run.
The celebrations continued for Blount.
Amendola jumped on Edelman after Edelman caught a pass for a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
Coach Bill Belichick had a smile and a hug for Blount after the running back was removed from the game late in the fourth quarter.
Blount and the Patriots beat the Bills 34-20 and secured a first-round bye in the postseason.
The Patriots also sewed up the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
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