The Patriots had a chance to earn their ninth-straight AFC East title before taking the field on Monday night. But the hat-and-t-shirt hoopla will have to wait.
A loss or a tie for the Bills on Sunday afternoon would've allowed the Patriots to extend their record for division championships, but Buffalo got an overtime win against the Colts, delaying the inevitable.
Oddly enough several former Patriots factored into the outcome as the Bills beat the Colts, 13-7, during a snow storm in Orchard Park.
Jacoby Brissett attempted 22 passes and completed just 11 in the blizzard-like conditions for 69 yards and a touchdown. Adam Vinatieri made a 43-yard extra point in the fourth quarter to help send the game to overtime -- conjuring up memories of his 2001 postseason -- but missed a field goal from the same distance as time expired in regulation that would have won it. Kenny Moore, an undrafted rookie who spent training camp with the Patriots, was in coverage on a long completion that got the Bills into Colts territory. Soon thereafter LeSean McCoy dashed for the game-winning touchdown.
The Patriots can clinch the division with a win Monday night against the Dolphins.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.