The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 13-9, in Week 12 and improved to 10-1 on the season. The Patriots have won at least 10 games in 17 consecutive seasons dating back to 2003 and surpassed the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (16 seasons from 1983-98) for the most consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories in NFL history.
Wide receiver MATTHEW SLATER blocked a punt for the Patriots in the first quarter. New England has blocked three punts in 2019, tied for the second-most in a team’s first 11 games of a season since 1990. Only the 1990 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (five) had more.
Buffalo running back FRANK GORE registered 65 rushing yards in the Bills‘ 20-3 win over Denver.
Gore, who has 15,289 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (15,269 rushing yards) for the third-most rushing yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (18,355) and WALTER PAYTON (16,726) have more.
Gore, who has 611 scrimmage yards in 2019, has recorded at least 500 scrimmage yards in 15 consecutive seasons, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (15 seasons from 1996-2010) for the third-longest such streak in NFL history. Only LARRY FITZGERALD (16 seasons from 2004-19) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (16 from 1998-2013) have a longer streak of seasons in league annals.