On their final drive, the Bills were forced to take an injury timeout when Jackson was hit in the head area by linebacker Brandon Spikes. Earlier, Spikes was called for roughing the passer when Fitzpatrick’s helmet fell off, and Fitzpatrick yelled at him.
“We’re not going to back down from anybody,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think he’s a punk at times and took a cheap shot at Scott (Chandler) in the first game and he was doing a lot of jabbering and talking and hitting out there. Not one of my favorite players. Not high on my list.”
Playing in Foxborough can’t be very high either, although the Bills were one errant pass away from a chance to win.
“The first thing that I learned when I got to the NFL is it’s hard to win each week,” McCourty said. “We never take that for granted.”
Not even a win over a struggling team that had lost every game it played at Gillette.
“We go into every game expecting to win, but that one, I just felt like it would have been right,” Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson said, “but this ain’t no Disney movie. This is real life and we’ve got to make these plays at the end of the game and win.”
NOTES: Running back Kevin Faulk, who recently announced his retirement after not playing this season, was honored by the Patriots at a halftime ceremony. ... Wes Welker had six receptions, extending his streak to 103 games with at least one. ... Fitzpatrick became the fifth quarterback in Bills history with at least 10,000 yards passing.