The Bills of The Nickel City and the Patriots of Beantown were both charter members of the AFL and have a unique, exciting rivalry that started in 1960 when both teams were formed.
History of Bills vs. Patriots Rivalry
This matchup was generally mellow but still quite competitive from the beginning until the 2000s when the Belichick-Brady Era dominance began. This rivalry has continued to remain intense, with a lot of recent players having spent time with both teams.
Head to Head Analysis of Bills vs. Patriots
The Bills and Patriots have met 117 times since 1960, and New England leads the all-time series with a record of 73-43-1 thanks to the Pats recent success. Buffalo did win the ‘70s and ‘90s with a combined record of 24-16 in those two decades. New England won the ‘60s and ‘80s with a 25-14-1 record, but they have completely dominated since 2000. The Patriots’ record since that year is 33-5, and they are currently on a 5-game win streak against the Bills. In 2007, the largest victory of this rivalry came when the Patriots won on the road 56 to 10 and finished the regular season with a 16-0 record. Tom Brady is currently 29-3 against the Bills and is the winningest quarterback in the Buffalo Bills’ New Era Field since 2001.
A Glance at Postseason Success in Bills vs. Patriots
It is the perfect time to be writing this, as the recent Super Bowl LIII resulted in the Patriots getting their sixth title. Titletown is a fitting nickname for the city of Boston, as they have had a lot of success in their championship runs between the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots. In this rivalry, though, they have only met once in the playoffs when the Patriots beat the Bills by a score of 26-8 in 1963. The Patriots dominate this rivalry in postseason numbers except for AFL Championships as the Buffalo Bills won back-to-back in 1964 and 1965. For postseason appearances, the Patriots have 26 to the Bills 16. New England has won 6 of their 11 Super Bowl appearances, while the Bills lost their 4 consecutive Super Bowl games in heartbreaking fashion from 1991-1994 in what is also known as the Four Falls of Buffalo.
Bills vs. Patriots Rivalry Outlook
The Patriots are led by some veterans, so every team is ready for those guys to retire to make the AFC East more competitive again. DE Trey Flowers is a notable name on the defensive end for the Pats, and on the offensive side RB Sony Michel had a tremendous rookie year and scored the only touchdown of the most recent Super Bowl. The Bills have more young talent right now on both sides of the football in comparison. Their rookie QB Josh Allen, WR Zay Jones, and T Dion Dawkins will hope to improve every year to bring some life back to this offense. On Buffalo’s defense, LB Tremaine Edmunds and CB TreDavious White had terrific years and are a combined 43 years of age which is only 2 years older than Tom Brady. It will be difficult for the Patriots to continue the success they have had in the Belichick-Brady Era, so you would expect the AFC East to get more exciting for a young team like Buffalo and to renew the ferocity of this rivalry.