NFL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Jets
(Sunday, October 18th)
Final Score: Buffalo 16, NY Jets 13 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - After missing the potential game-
winning field goal at the end of regulation, Rian Lindell snuck a 47-yard
field goal just inside the right upright with 2:44 remaining in overtime to
give the Buffalo Bills a 16-13 victory over the New York Jets in a battle
between these two AFC East foes.
Paul Posluszny's pick of a Mark Sanchez pass with 6:25 to go in the extra
session set up the Bills at their own 42. Later, on a 1st-and-10 at the Jets
33, Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Lee Evans on a 29-yard pass. The play was
reversed after it was determined Evans bobbled the ball before going out of
bounds. Three plays and four yards later, Lindell booted the game-winning
Starting quarterback Trent Edwards completed each of his five passes for 43
yards before leaving the game early in the second with a head injury.
Fitzpatrick took over and connected on 10-of-25 passes for 116 yards, a TD,
and an interception for the Bills (2-4), who snapped a three-game skid. Evans
caught four passes for 68 yards and a score for Buffalo, which came back from
a 13-3 deficit.
"He stepped in and he's been someone we have always talked to throughout the
course of the week, throughout the course of the game.?He stepped in calm,
poised and didn't miss a beat," Evans said of Fitzpatrick.
Thomas Jones rushed for a franchise single-game record 210 yards and a score
on 22 carries for the Jets (3-3), who have now lost three in a row. Sanchez
connected on 10-of-29 passes for 119 yards and five interceptions in defeat.
The Jets started at their own 15 after receiving the ball to begin the
overtime session. A Braylon Edwards 22-yard reception and a 33-yard Leon
Washington run put New York in field goal range and the field goal unit was
sent in on 4th-and-13 at the 32-yard line. But, a bad snap forced holder Steve
Weatherford to attempt a throw, which fell incomplete.
After a series of punts, Fitzpatrick threw what could have been a costly
interception. However, the Buffalo defense came up huge. On 3rd-and-10 at
the Jets' 46, Sanchez dropped back and threw a bad pass that Posluszny
collected, leading to the winning possession.
"Obviously, you're not going to win too many games when you throw five picks.
I thought about pulling him, but I still believe in him.? He bounced back and
we had some balls that were catchable that were dropped," said Jets head coach
Rex Ryan of Sanchez's rocky outing. "You know, I thought momentum was headed
our way and it just never happened.? I still think he gives us the best chance
to win and he'll remain our quarterback."
The Bills scored during their first possession of the game to take an early
3-0 edge as Lindell's 33-yard field goal capped a 10-play drive.
New York responded with a 14-play, 75-yard drive to tie the contest. A 25-yard
run by Washington helped set up a 23-yard Jay Feely field goal with 35 seconds
left in the first.
Buffalo punted after failing to take advantage of a Jairus Byrd interception
early in the second and the Jets took over on their own nine-yard line. Jones'
64-yard run on first down set up New York at the Bills' 20 and Feely kicked a
41-yard field goal for a 6-3 edge.
On the second play of the next Jets drive, Jones scampered 71 yards into the
end zone for a 13-3 lead with 7:31 remaining. Feely missed a 44-yard field
goal at the end of the half to keep it a 10-point game.
New York turned the ball over on its first possession of the third, as
Sanchez was picked off by George Wilson at the Jets 43. Buffalo drove down to
the seven-yard line, but had to settle for a 25-yard Lindell field goal to cut
the gap to 13-6 with 7:45 on the clock.
"I don't know if we did confuse him, you'd have to ask him that," said Bills
head coach Dick Jauron of his team picking off five Sanchez passes. "I'm just
happy we got them.?Anytime you can win the turnover battle...you stand a great
chance of winning it...the percentages are really with you."
On the ensuing Jets possession, Byrd intercepted a Sanchez pass and returned
it 10 yards to the Buffalo 36. Fitzpatrick threw an interception to Lito
Sheppard on third down, but Sheppard was flagged for illegal contact on the
play which gave Buffalo a first down.
Buffalo capitalized on its near-mistake by scoring the game-tying TD. Facing
a 3rd-and-7 at the Jets' 37, Fitzpatrick hit Evans with a perfect pass at the
about the 30. Evans sprinted untouched down the middle of the field and into
the end zone, tying the game at 13 with 2:30 to go in the third.
Following another Sanchez interception and a series of punts, the Bills took
over at the New York 49 with 3:55 remaining in the fourth. Fitzpatrick took a
QB sneak two yards for a fresh set of downs on 3rd-and-1 at the New York 28.
Two plays later, Lindell set up for a 46-yard field goal with four seconds
left -- but the kick sailed wide right and the contest went into overtime.
The Bills lead the all-time regular season series with the Jets by a 53-44
count, but were swept by their longtime division rival in a 2008 home-and-
home...New York plays at Oakland next Sunday, while Buffalo travels to
Carolina....James Ihedigbo was ejected from the game after being called for
unnecessary roughness in OT...Bills LB Chris Draft posted his first sack as a
Bill and first sack since December 12, 2007 vs. Atlanta (with the Rams)...The
Bills had played 96 consecutive games without going into overtime, which was
the longest active streak in the NFL...The last time the Bills recorded six
interceptions was on December 9, 1967 at Boston...Evans posted his 34th career
TD reception -- is now tied with Bob Chandler for 4th place on team's all-time
TD reception list...Byrd is the first Bills rookie to post three interceptions
in season since Nate Clements in 2001...Jones becomes only the third player in
franchise history to gain 200 rushing yards in a game, joining Curtis Martin
and Freeman McNeil...Jets tackle Kris Jenkins left in the second quarter with
an injured left knee...Jones' 71-yard TD run is the fifth-longest in team
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