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NFL: New England 49, Buffalo 21

Jan. 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM   |   Comments

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Tom Brady tossed three touchdowns Sunday and the New England Patriots erased a 21-0 deficit en route to a 49-21 regular season-ending win over Buffalo.

Brady went 23-of-35 passing for 338 yards and an interception as the AFC East-champion Patriots (13-3) clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason for the second straight year.

The Pats wrapped up a 7-1 home season mark as Brady surpassed 5,000 yards through the air -- only the third player in NFL history to do so.

The signal-caller could use a bye week to heal a sore left shoulder.

Aaron Hernandez made seven grabs for 138 yards and a touchdown while Rob Gronkowski added eight catches for 108 yards and two scores for New England.

The Bills (6-10), who ran off the tracks after a 4-1 start, were intercepted four times. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 29-of-46 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns, but also tossed all four pick-offs.

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