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