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Patriots stock report: LeGarrette Blount has a milestone day

Posted by Erik Frenz  December 29, 2013 07:28 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots picked up a 34-20 win over the Buffalo Bills in rain-soaked conditions at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, earning a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs for their troubles.

The 14-point win is the third-largest margin of victory on the season. With any such performance, there are bound to be more ups than downs, but here's a look at some players on each end of the spectrum.

Stock up:

Stephen Gostkowski: franchise record of 36 set in 2008, broken with 37th before halftime, 157 points this season is a new franchise record

LeGarrette Blount: Made Bill Belichick look like a genius with two big kick returns, of 83 and 62 yards, totaling 145 return yards on the day. Also had 24 carries for 189 yards (7.9 YPA) and two touchdowns. His 189 yards are a career-high. Blount has been the lead back for the Patriots over the past few weeks, and has been strong in that role. The Patriots should continue to have faith in Blount as they head into the postseason.

Julian Edelman: Went over 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards with his performance on Sunday, finishing with nine receptions for 65 yards. This is also his first season in which he's stayed healthy for the entire 16 games.

Stock down:

Kanorris Davis: Had an opportunity to down a punt at the one-yard line but was unable to control the ball as it bounced off him and into the end zone. The Bills were then able to drive down the field for a touchdown to score their first touchdown of the game.

Logan Ryan: It's been a strong season for the rookie cornerback out of Rutgers, but he was on the wrong end of a few plays. He had a shot at an interception that was dropped, though it's hard to fault him too much, given the constant rain that fell on Sunday. He was also burned by Bills receiver T.J. Graham on a big completion and was out of position on Graham's touchdown catch.

Defensive line: Yielded 169 yards on 35 carries (4.8 YPA), marking the 10th time this year they've allowed over 120 rushing yards to an opponent.

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