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Elise Amendola, Associated Press
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) hauls in a touchdown pass after beating New England Patriots defensive back Kyle Arrington (24) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady led the New England Patriots back from a three-touchdown deficit as they scored 49 straight points and clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 49-21 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Brady finished the regular season with the second most yards passing in NFL history, 5,235, after throwing for 338. Drew Brees, who last week broke Dan Marino's record of 5,084 with the Miami Dolphins in 1984, added 389 Sunday for the New Orleans Saints and ended with 5,486.

The Patriots (13-3) finished the season with eight straight wins. But for the second straight game, they fell behind early. They beat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 after trailing 17-0 at halftime then rallied after the Bills (6-10) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, drawing boos from the home fans.