New England put up 37 points behind a diverse offensive attack in which no single player dominated the highlight reel. This was a total team effort.
Their defense was in classic "bend mode," giving up 31 frustrating points and getting slapped around until the very end of the game, when they finally came up with a huge stop to eek out the victory.
Still though, the closeness of this game remains troubling. The Bills overcame 148 yards' worth of penalties to put themselves in perfect position to steal this game down the stretch. Ultimately, it was a horrendous throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick which slid the game in New England's favor.
Nevertheless, that's how the cookie crumbled on Sunday. Details aside, the fact is that the Patriots won. That's all that matters.
Here are New England's biggest winners and losers from their 37-31 victory over the Bills.