NFL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Jets|
(Sunday, November 27th)
Final Score: NY Jets 28, Buffalo 24
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez completed fewer than
50 percent of his passes and heard boos from the crowd. But those same
fans cheered in unison when the third-year quarterback found Santonio Holmes
for a 16-yard touchdown with 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift
the New York Jets to a much-needed 28-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Sanchez set a career-high with four touchdown passes while finishing with 180
yards and one interception for the Jets (6-5), who snapped a two-game losing
"One thing we can say is we finished," said New York head coach Rex Ryan. "It
might not have been the prettiest thing, but we finished and I'll take that
any day of the week."
Ryan Fitzpatrick connected on 26-of-39 throws for 264 yards and three
touchdowns for Buffalo (5-6), which has dropped four straight. The Bills'
current slide began with a 27-11 home loss to the Jets on November 6.
The teams were tied entering the fourth quarter, and Dave Rayner kicked a 53-
yard field goal to put the Bills up 24-21 with a little more than five minutes
New York was forced to punt on its next possession, but got the ball back with
5:44 to play. Sanchez found Patrick Turner for a 12-yard gain on 3rd-and-8
from the Buffalo 47. On the first play following the two-minute warning,
Plaxico Burress made a one-handed grab near the sideline on 3rd-and-11 to move
the ball to the Buffalo 18. Two plays later, Sanchez rolled to his right and
found Holmes in the end zone.
The Bills marched to the New York 24, but the game ended with Fitzpatrick
throwing three straight incompletions.
"You never like to lose, but these close ones usually hurt the most,"
Buffalo went three-and-out on its first drive of the game, but converted a
trio of third downs during its second possession, one that ended with
Fitzpatrick finding David Nelson for an eight-yard touchdown.
The Jets, who had just one first down on their first two drives, answered with
a 10-play, 78-yard sequence, tying the game on Dustin Keller's three-yard TD
reception early in the second quarter.
Later, New York was pinned deep in its own territory and Sanchez's throw from
the end zone was picked off by Drayton Florence. A seven-yard return set the
Bills up at the Jets' 20-yard line.
Three plays later, Stevie Johnson beat Darrelle Revis on a five-yard slant for
the go-ahead touchdown. He then proceeded to mock Burress by pretending to
shoot himself in the thigh in the end zone -- calling to mind a 2008
accidental shooting that led to Burress serving time in jail. He also imitated
Holmes' touchdown celebration of acting like an airplane before throwing
himself to the ground as if the plane crashed.
His actions resulted in a costly penalty, and the Jets wound up tying the game
Rayner had to kick off from the 20 after Johnson's infraction and compounded
the problem by driving the ball right into the front line of the New York
blockers. The Jets recovered and capitalized on the short field, as Sanchez
hooked up with Burress for a 14-yard touchdown with 1:03 remaining in the
New York grabbed its first lead of the game when Sanchez closed the Jets'
opening drive of the third quarter with an 18-yard scoring strike to Keller.
The Jets then stopped the Bills, but Antonio Cromartie muffed the punt.
Buffalo recovered at the New York 36 and, on the next play, former Jet Brad
Smith made a juggling catch off a deflection against Cromartie and scored the
Sanchez completed 17-of-35 passes. He has thrown 18 TD passes this season, a
new career-high...Burress has caught six of his seven touchdown passes at
home...The Jets have won the last five meetings in the series...Fitzpatrick
(51) became the fifth quarterback in team history with 50 career TD passes.
He joins Jim Kelly (237), Joe Ferguson (181), Jack Kemp (77) and Drew Bledsoe
(55)...Shonn Greene gained 78 yards on 13 carries for the Jets.
11/27 18:10:06 ET