Unhappy returns: Pats eliminated in losing to Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The New England Patriots are blaming themselves after being eliminated from playoff contention following a 35-23 season-ending loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots would’ve qualified for the postseason with a win, but blew their chance in a game they allowed Nyheim Hines to return two kickoffs for touchdowns. It marks the second time in three years and just the fourth time during Bill Belichick’s 23-year tenure in New England that they failed to qualify for the postseason.

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