Battle for the AFC East: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

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Are the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots Rivals?

Yes, the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots are rivals within the National Football League. As both teams are members of the AFC East, the Bills and Patriots play one another twice each regular season, once at each team’s home stadium. Between 2009 and 2022, either the Bills or the Patriots were winners of the AFC East, receiving an automatic berth into the NFL playoffs every year. The Patriots won the division 10 straight years from 2009 to 2019, and the Bills won the next three years in a row.

Who are the Buffalo Bills’ Biggest Rivals?

As an established member of the National Football League, the Buffalo Bills have tallied a number of rivals since 1960, their first season in the league. The Bills’ historic rivals are the Tennessee Titans. More recently, they’ve developed rivalries with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs. Finally, the Bills have divisional rivalries with their counterparts: the New England Patriots, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.

Who are the New England Patriots’ Biggest Rivals?

The New England Patriots are one of the most successful franchises not only in the NFL, but perhaps all major American sports leagues. With 17 divisional titles, eight conference championships and six Super Bowl victories between 2000 and 2022, they’ve had an unprecedented run of success in the NFL. As such, the Patriots have acquired a number of intense rivalries with other franchises. The Patriots have divisional rivalries with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. They also have conference rivalries with the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans.

Game Results Between the Patriots & Bills

Between 1960 and 2023, the Patriots and Bills have played 127 times, with New England holding the edge in the series head-to-head: 77-49-1. They’ve also played twice in the postseason in that time, splitting the head-to-head. However, the Bills currently have the edge, winning four in a row and six out of seven since 2020.

DateHome TeamAway TeamLocationWinnerScore
01/08/2023BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo35-23
12/01/2022PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumBuffalo24-10
01/15/2022BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo47-17
12/26/2021PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumBuffalo33-21
12/06/2021BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England14-10
12/28/2020PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumBuffalo38-9
11/01/2020BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo24-21
12/21/2019PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England24-17
09/29/2019BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England16-10
12/23/2018PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England24-12
10/29/2018BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England25-6
12/24/2017PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England37-16
12/03/2017BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England23-3
10/30/2016BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England41-25
10/02/2016PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumBuffalo16-0
11/23/2015PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England20-13
09/20/2015BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England40-32
12/28/2014PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumBuffalo17-9
10/12/2014BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England37-22
12/29/2013PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England34-20
09/08/2013BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England23-21
11/11/2012PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England37-31
09/30/2012BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England52-28
01/01/2012PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England49-21
09/25/2011BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo34-31
12/26/2010BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England34-3
09/26/2010PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England38-30
12/20/2009BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England17-10
09/14/2009PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England25-24
12/28/2008BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England13-0
11/09/2008PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England20-10
11/18/2007BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England56-10
09/23/2007PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England38-7
10/22/2006BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England28-6
09/10/2006PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England19-17
12/11/2005BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England35-7
10/30/2005PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England21-16
11/14/2004PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England29-6
10/03/2004BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England31-17
12/27/2003PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England31-0
09/07/2003BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo31-0
12/08/2002PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England27-17
11/03/2002BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England38-7
12/16/2001BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England12-9
11/11/2001PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England21-11
12/17/2000BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England13-10
11/05/2000PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumBuffalo16-13
12/26/1999PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumBuffalo13-10
11/28/1999BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo17-7
11/29/1998PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England25-21
11/15/1998BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo13-10
11/09/1997BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England31-10
10/12/1997PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England33-6
10/27/1996PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England28-25
09/08/1996BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumBuffalo17-10
11/26/1995BillsPatriotsHighmark StadiumNew England35-25
10/23/1995PatriotsBillsGillette StadiumNew England27-14

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots History

While the Bills vs. Patriots rivalry runs deep, with the first playoff match occurring in 1963, the stakes ramped up in the 1990s, when the Bills had a dominant run behind the stellar play of hall-of-fame quarterback Jim Kelly. During that run, the Bills won eight out of nine games, but New England struck back with the acquisition of Drew Bledsoe at quarterback. Kelly retired in 1996, and the Bills pivoted to Doug Flutie, who played for the Patriots for two seasons, adding contention between the two teams.

At the turn of the millennium, New England went on a historic run behind legendary coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Between 2001 and 2019, New England won 34 out of 38 games against Buffalo. In every year that New England lost to Buffalo in the regular season, they went on to play in the Super Bowl, winning in 2003, 2014 and 2016 (and losing in 2011).

Fortune turned for Buffalo in 2018 when the Bills drafted quarterback Josh Allen, who has been a perennial MVP candidate since taking the reins. One season later, Brady left the Patriots for Tampa Bay, and Buffalo immediately took control of the head-to-head series. Buffalo has beaten New England six times in seven games since 2020, including a 47-17 display in the 2021 Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

Where Do the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills Play?

The New England Patriots play in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. As the home of the Pats since 2002, Gillette Stadium is viewed as one of the best home field advantages in football, especially in postseason play, going 19-5 at home in playoff games. Gillette Stadium has a maximum capacity of 65,878 and also plays host to the MLS franchise New England Revolution.

The Buffalo Bills call Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, their home. Formerly called Rich Stadium and commonly known as “The Ralph,” Highmark has been the home of the Bills since 1973, making it one of the oldest stadiums in the NFL. The stadium currently has a 71,608 fan capacity and cost a mere $22 million to construct.

Other NFL Rivalries

Bengals vs. RavensBears vs. Cardinals
Browns vs. RavensCardinals vs. Rams
Ravens vs. Steelers49ers vs. Cardinals
Bills vs. ChiefsCardinals vs. Seahawks
Bills vs. DolphinsFalcons vs. Panthers
Bills vs. PatriotsFalcons vs. Saints
Bills vs. JetsFalcons vs. Buccaneers
Bengals vs. BrownsPanthers vs. Saints
Bengals vs. ChiefsBuccaneers vs. Panthers
Bengals vs. SteelersBears vs. Lions
Browns vs. SteelersBears vs. Packers
Broncos vs. ChiefsBears vs. Vikings
Broncos vs. RaidersCowboys vs. Packers
Broncos vs. ChargersCowboys vs. Rams
Colts vs. TexansCowboys vs. Giants
Jaguars vs. TexansCowboys vs. Eagles
Colts vs. JaguarsCowboys vs. 49ers
Chiefs vs. RaidersLions vs. Packers
Chargers vs. RaidersLions vs. Vikings
Chargers vs. ChiefsVikings vs. Packers
Dolphins vs. Patriots49ers vs. Rams
Dolphins vs. JetsSaints vs. Vikings
Jets vs. PatriotsBuccaneers vs. Saints
Titans vs. RavensGiants vs. Eagles
Texans vs. TitansRams vs. Seahawks
Colts vs. TitansSeahawks vs. 49ers
Jaguars vs. TitansCommanders vs. Cowboys
Titans vs. SteelersCommanders vs. Giants
Commanders vs. Eagles

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