Today in Patriots History 'They Hate their coach' Pats shutout Bills, 31-0 Sun Dec 27, 2015 at 1:00 Week 16, Game 15 at East Rutherford Jets 26, Patriots 20 in OT Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Todd Bowles QBs: Tom Brady, Ryan Fitzpatrick Odds: New England favored by 3 Pats drop to 12-3, still #1 seed in AFC Jets improve to 10-5, tied with KC for wild card spot The Patriots won the coin toss but elected to kick, and the decision backfired. A 48 yard catch and run by Quincy Enunwa and a 20 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brandon Marshall set up the winning score, a 6-yard fade to Eric Decker past Malcolm Butler. The Pats could not get their running game in gear, gaining just 63 yards on 22 attempts. Combined with both Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola sidelined with injuries, the Pats had trouble moving the chains, converting just one of ten third down attempts. Brandon Marshall scored his second TD of the game on a 33 yard pass play (thanks to a no-call for pushing off on Duron Harmon) in the third quarter, giving the Jets a 17-3 lead. The Patriots closed the gap to 17-13 when Jabaal Sheard sacked Fitzgerald and forced a fumble that jamie Collins ran back for a score. Late in the fourth quarter Tom Brady hit Gronk on a deep pass down the middle for 26 yards on 4th-and-9. On the next play TB12 connected with James White for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:55 to go in regulation, forcing the overtime. One week later the Jets lost to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Buffalo 22-7, with Fitzpatrick throwing three interceptions. That loss combined with a Pittsburgh win at Cleveland put the Steelers in the playoffs over the Jets. The Patriots would lose again the next week at Miami, then beat Andy Reid and the Chiefs in Kansas City in the divisional round. Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 1:00 Week 16, Game 15 at Gillette Patriots 35, Jaguars 7 Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Jack Del Rio QBs: Tom Brady, David Garrard Odds: New England favored by 9 Pats improve to 10-5, first in AFC East Jaguars drop to 7-8, T-3rd with Titans Tom Brady threw four touchdowns, including three to Randy Moss as the Patriots clinched the AFC East for the seventh time in the decade. After having lost three of four this was the Pats third straight win, by a combined score of 72-27. Brady rebounded from two subpar games by going 23-26 for 267 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks. Sat Dec 27, 2003 at 1:30 Week 17, Game 16 at Gillette Patriots 31, Bills 0 Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Gregg Williams QBs: Tom Brady; Drew Bledsoe, Travis Brown Odds: New England favored by 9½ Pats improve to 14-2, best record in NFL Bills finish 6-10, tied with Jets for third Facing the NFL's #2 defense the Patriots scored three times in their first four possessions, over a span of 16 minutes. With four minutes left in the first half Tom Brady had thrown touchdown passes to Daniel Graham, Bethel Johnson, Troy Brown and David Givens. Buffalo's first half possessions consisted of zero first downs on the first four drives, a missed field goal and another punt. This game was the perfect bookend for the season opener, the infamous 'They Hate Their Coach' Game. Both final scores were 31-0, and both ended with the defense preserving a shutout from the one yard line of the final game. This time it was Larry Izzo intercepting a pass in the end zone, giving the Pats their third shutout of the season. Drew Bledsoe was a dismal 12-29 for 83 yards, one interception and three sacks for Buffalo. His former backup went 21-32 for 204 yards, four touchdowns and a 122.9 passer rating for the game. Bledsoe was mercifully pulled early in the fourth quarter after losing a fumble on a Tedy Bruschi sack. Sun Dec 27, 1998 at 1:00 Week 17, Game 16 at Giants Stadium Jets 31, Patriots 10 Head Coaches: Pete Carroll, Bill Parcells QBs: Scott Zolak, Vinny Testaverde Odds: Jets favored by 6½ Pats drop to 9-7, finish 4th in AFC East Jets go 12-4, winning the division Bill Parcells' Jets annihilated the Patriots in this game, building up a 31-3 lead before Scott Zolak hit Tony Simmons for the Pats only touchdown with 1:38 left to play. The Jets controlled the ball for 38:51, with former Patriot Curtis Martin rushing for 102 yards. Despite finishing fourth in the AFC East the Pats made the playoffs, losing a week later to Jacksonville. Parcells' team set a franchise record with 12 victories, and would defeat the Jaguars before losing at Denver in the AFCCG. Sun Dec 27, 1992 at 1:00 Week 17, Game 16 at Foxboro Stadium Dolphins 16, Patriots 13 in OT Head Coaches: Dante Scarnecchia, Don Shula QBs: Jeff Carlson Dan Marino Odds: Miami favored by 11 Pats finish 2-14, tied with Seattle for worst record in AFC Miami goes 11-5, wins division in tiebreaker over Buffalo The Patriots led 13-3 at the half, but being the 1992 Pats they found a way to lose. The Pats were in position to attempt a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but Jeff Carlson took a big sack that left the Patriots out of field goal range. That was actually a good thing, because it meant they got to choose Drew Bledsoe with the number one pick of the 1992 draft and leave Rick Mirer for Seattle.