Gillette Stadium is at all times a hostile surroundings for opposing groups, and Bills huge receiver Stefon Diggs had clearly heard sufficient from the opposing fans.
Diggs caught a touchdown go 1:45 earlier than halftime to put Buffalo up 17-7 over the Patriots, and after working out the again of the top zone, he went over to the stands the place some New England fans have been pointing at him.
Audio of the play from CBS’s broadcast captured Diggs showing to say, “You, you, you” at every of the fans. One fan appeared to name him a “f—ing coward,” to which Diggs responded, “Shut the f— up.”
The Bills got here out of the gate robust in opposition to the present high staff within the AFC East, scoring a touchdown with 6:37 left within the first quarter when Josh Allen hit Isaiah McKenzie for a 3-yard touchdown. The Patriots tied the sport with a 16-yard touchdown rush by Damien Harris within the second quarter, however a 25-yard discipline objective gave Buffalo the lead once more with 9:01 remaining within the half.
Diggs’ scoring play got here after the gifted wideout rushed forward on a seam route up the center for a 12-yard rating.
Buffalo got here into the sport trailing New England by a recreation within the AFC East standings, with the Bills sitting at 8-6 and the Patriots checking in at 9-5. The Bills try to avenge an earlier season loss to the Patriots, when New England defeated Buffalo 14-10 at Highmark Stadium in a blizzard in Orchard Park, New York.
Diggs was quiet within the final recreation, catching 4 passes for 51 yards and no touchdowns. Back on Dec. 28, 2020, he had the most effective video games of his profession in opposition to the Patriots, catching 9 passes on 11 targets for 145 yards and matching a career-high with three receiving touchdowns.
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The stakes within the matchup are excessive, as FiveThirtyEight would give the Bills an 88 p.c likelihood to win the division with a win in opposition to the Patriots, whereas New England would have solely a 12 p.c likelihood to win. With a New England win, the Patriots would have a 99 p.c likelihood to win the division, whereas Buffalo would drop to 0. They might clinch the division with a win in opposition to the Bills and a Dolphins’ loss on Monday to the Saints.