Bill Belichick’s hunt for another Super Bowl ring ended when the New England Patriots were beaten by the Buffalo Bills – but was it the Patriots’ worst loss in the NFL Playoffs?
It was a horror show for the Patriots as they were knocked out of the NFL Qualifiers on Saturday night.
They went 27-3 in the second half as their only point came from a Nick Folk effort late in the second half.
Though they came back to score 14 more points in the second half, the Bills added another 20.
The final score of 47-17 was a blow – and the Patriots have lost four of their last five regular-season games, a fifth defeat in six games.
How does it compare to the Patriots’ worst loss in the NFL Playoffs?
Was the result against the Bills the worst result of Belichick’s career?
Worst Patriot loses playoff game
Bills midfielder Josh Allen throws 308 yards and five touches for the home team.
The Patriots offense simply cannot compete with the Bills’ defense, and vice versa.
The 47-17 result for the Patriots is the worst result the franchise has ever scored in the NFL Knockout Qualifiers under coach Belichick.
The 30-point margin is one of the biggest reversals the Patriots have ever suffered in the NFL.
One consolation for the Belichick and Patriots, however, is that it wasn’t the worst defeat ever in the NFL Playoffs for the team.
That honor went to Super Bowl XX in January 1986.
That day, the Chicago Bears overcame the Pats 46-10 by 36 points.
What about Belichick’s record?
The result was the worst loss ever for Belichick while he took control of the Patriots in the NFL Qualifiers.
This is also the second biggest defeat he has ever suffered when leading the Patriots.
Ironically, the heaviest defeat Belichick suffered also came for the Bills.
It was the opening game of the 2003 season, when the Bills arrived in town, and won 31-0 over Belichick and his defender – a certain T. Brady.
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