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(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 field goal.
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 history.
10/18 22:08:24 ET