Brian Tyms makes most of opportunity with long TD catch

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms played only eight snaps in Sunday's 37-22 victory against the Buffalo Bills, but all it took was one to make his presence felt.

Tyms' 43-yard touchdown catch on a long bomb from quarterback Tom Brady early in the third quarter was one of the plays of the game. The Patriots' deep passing game had basically been non-existent this season up to that point.

"Brian found a way to kind of slither his way through there and get behind him, and I threw it up and gave him a chance to make the play," Brady recalled. "Like he has continued to do, he goes up and makes them. That was a big play for our team."

Tyms was matched up against cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

"Gilmore is really good. I knew regardless if I ran past him, he had make-up speed so I have to attack the ball," he said. "That's just my M.O. I always try to attack the ball. I don't like to let the ball come to me. There are a lot of good players in this league that can make a play. I wanted the ball more."

Tyms made his mark in the preseason, showing a knack for coming down with the deep ball while playing mostly with backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

"I've seen him do that several times this year in the preseason and it was good to see it today," coach Bill Belichick said. "Nice job by Tom creating the coverage -- low safety there -- and put it up there and give Tyms the chance for the ball and he made the play."