that places him 12th on the NFL all-time list for all-purpose yards. In case you are interested in the current leader that would be Glyn Milburn who accumulated 404 yards on December 10, 1995. Blount did break the Patriots previous record of 273 by Larry Garron. Ironically, that record also came against the Buffalo Bills.
So how did he set the record? He had his number called 24 times to run the ball in the deluge and managed 189 yards and 2 touchdowns. The remaining yards came from 2 huge kickoff returns which both took the wind out of the Bills' sails as they tried to win in Foxboro for the first time since 2000 when Doug Flutie orchestrated a 16-13 overtime win.
Although Blount ended up being the man of the hour, he came close to being the goat as he almost had two turnovers. But as they say, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades and the Patriots play football. Blount definitely had some great karma going for him as he gave away 5 tickets to today's game using his twitter account. How cool is that?
So who else stood out today? Julian Edelman made some big catches and ended up with 65 yards on 9 receptions. For the regular season he has 105 catches for a total of 1,056 yards. As awesome as those statistics are, his most amazing statistic is probably his 6 fumbles. Oh you didn't know he had 6 fumbles? That's probably because none of the fumbles have resulted in turnovers. In his career he has 12 fumbles and only 2 turnovers. I'd imagine that has to be some sort of record. At the very least, it is a pretty impressive factoid for you to share with your friends.
The defense also gets a thumbs up from me today. Although they let the Bills get back into the game in the second half, they held the Bills to 4/13 on third down conversions and 0/3 on fourth down. They also managed 4 sacks and showed some quality tackling technique throughout most of the game.
With the win, the Patriots secured the 2 seed which means we get to pass go proceed to round 2 of the playoffs. Most importantly the 2 seed gives the team an extra week to get healthy and and prepare.