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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Buffalo Bills reached their first winning record in 10 seasons. So what if the New England Patriots kept key players out of the game with the AFCs top seed already secured?Kyle Orton threw for one touchdown, Anthony Dixon ran for another and the Bills beat the going-through-the motions Patriots 17-9 on Sunday.With home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs clinched, the Patriots used quarterback Tom Brady for only the first half and held out tight end Rob Gronkowski and five other starters.The victory snapped several streaks: Buffalos 0-12 record at Gillette Stadium, and New Englands 35 home wins against AFC teams and 16 at home against any opponent.It was a price the Patriots (12-4) were willing to pay to protect starters, although left tackle Nate Solder didnt return after hurting his knee late in the first half.The Bills (9-7) were eliminated a week earlier from the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season, the longest current drought. But after winning just 28 games the past five seasons, they matched their record in 2004.With leading receiver Julian Edelman and starting linemen Dan Connolly and Sebastian Vollmer also inactive, New England failed to score a touchdown for the first time since the fifth game last season, a 13-6 loss at Cincinnati. Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 24, 44 and 35 yards.The sellout crowd lacked its usual energy, but cheered when backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took off on several runs.Brady played all five offensive series in the first half and failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season. He completed 8 of 16 passes for 80 yards and was sacked once.On his next-to-last possession, he was tackled by Stefan Charles for a 7-yard loss. On his final series, he kept the ball for a 2-yard keeper for a first down, then ran for 7 yards before sliding to avoid being hit on the final play.Orton completed 16 of 23 passes for 176 yards and went over the 3,000 mark in yards passing for the third time in his career.On the games first series, he quickly led the Bills on an 80-yard march capped by his 6-yard scoring pass to Robert Woods. He also completed passes of 18 yards to Lee Smith and 43 to Sammy Watkins on the drive.The teams then exchanged punts before Gostkowski kicked his 24-yarder.Orton led another 80-yard drive, lasting 7:24, to a 1-yard touchdown run by Dixon for a 14-3 lead.Gostkowski kicked his 44-yarder after a fumble recovery by Jamie Collins before Dan Carpenter gave the Bills a 17-6 halftime lead on a 48-yard field goal.Gostkowski added a 35-yarder late in the third quarter.The Bills rushed for 104 yards one week after picking up just 13, fourth fewest in team history, in a 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders.___AP NFL websites: and Texas Rangers Jerseys . -- David Freese is starting to pick up his run production, which is something the Los Angeles Angels have been waiting half a season to see. Nolan Ryan Jersey . The closer wasnt available. The road trip, a disaster to that point. - The Kansas City Chiefs activated linebacker Joe Mays from short-term injured reserve on Saturday. Adrian Beltre Jersey . - Ryan Spooner scored twice to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-1 victory over the New York Islanders in a preseason game Friday night. Rougned Odor Jersey . And rest hardly led to rust for the two-time defending NBA champions.TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping to see what more Frazer McLaren could do beyond fighting, but that experiment will have to wait. An MRI revealed that McLaren suffered a fractured right pinky finger at practice Sunday, according to coach Randy Carlyle. The team did not set an official time frame for the enforcers return. "At one point those were always four to six (weeks), but I would not say that its four to six right now," Carlyle said Monday. "Thats not the message that we had gotten back. Itll be immobilized for at least two weeks to let the healing process start." Carlyle said McLarens finger will not require a pin be inserted into it. Instead, itll have a splint. McLaren suffered the injury when he was slashed on thhe right hand during practice.dddddddddddd Carlyle mentioned Friday that the Leafs considered giving McLaren some penalty-killing duties in addition to his role as a fighter. There was potential of trying that in the pre-season after seeing McLaren kill penalties for the Worcester Sharks in the AHL. "Thats where the growth is possible for him to take the next step," Carlyle said. "Do you use him in the exhibition season killing penalties? Hes had that role before at the lower level. Is it time to experience that now, give him a little bit of an opportunity?" The 25-year-old participated in 35 games last season for Toronto and one for the San Jose Sharks. He has played just four seconds of short-handed time in his NHL career. ' ' '

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