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(Sunday, November 6th)
Final Score: NY Jets 27, Buffalo 11
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez threw for 230 yards and a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes as the New York Jets shut down Buffalo, 27-11, in an AFC East clash at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Sanchez finished 20-of-28 with an interception for the Jets (5-3), who have won three in a row in advance of their final regular-season meeting with the Patriots next Sunday night.
LaDainian Tomlinson and John Conner added rushing scores, while Plaxico Burress posted 79 yards on five receptions.
"I think our team is where we want to be right now," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. "We came in knowing this was going to a tough game. Buffalo was undefeated here and playing really well. We also knew our team was going to come out with guns blazing. I like the way our team played overall."
Ryan Fitzpatrick went 15-of-31 for 191 yards, one score and two picks for the Bills (5-3), who have lost two of three.
Fred Jackson gained 82 yards on 18 carries but committed a costly fumble early in the third quarter as Buffalo failed to capitalize on the momentum of last week's shutout victory against Washington.
"It was very frustrating," Fitzpatrick admitted. "Even when we haven't had it going on early in the game we seemed to find a way to get it going, and for whatever reason we couldn't. That was the frustration I guess. Not having that spark, that big play, whatever it was out there."
It was 6-0 for the visitors on their second possession of the second half after Nick Folk made a 50-yard attempt. On the next play, Taylor had the ball ripped out by Sione Pouha and Jim Leonhard recovered at the Bills' 19-yard line. Tomlinson made it 13-0 on his touchdown leap one play after Burress bulled his way to the one for a 19-yard catch.
Buffalo's ensuing drive was aided by Stevie Johnson's 52-yard catch-and-run to the Jets' 23. It ended on a 24-yarder by Rian Lindell after Fitzpatrick fired incomplete in Jackson's direction on 3rd-and-4 from the six.
New York took a 20-3 edge on its ensuing possession after Sanchez hit Holmes for an eight-yard score. The Jets defense later held Jackson to no gain on 4th-and-1 from the 16, and the offense followed by bleeding nearly eight minutes off the clock to take a 27-3 edge on a one-yard plunge from Conner.
Fitzpatrick found David Nelson for a seven-yard score with 3:14 to go then ran in for the conversion to make it 27-11. But the Bills were called for offsides on the onside kick, and New York picked up a crucial first down while running off the remaining time.
"It's pretty simple: they played well and we played poorly," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "This was a big ballgame. We haven't had this happen at home this year. And we've got to get better."
A low-scoring first half was defined by turnovers on both sides.
The Jets put together a drive of almost 10 minutes in the first quarter but came up empty after Jairus Byrd picked off Sanchez in the end zone.
New York dodged a bullet with three minutes left in the half, as a pick by Buffalo's George Wilson was reversed upon replay -- revealing that the ball hit the turf. Folk came on and connected from 49 yards out for a 3-0 Jets lead with 2:55 on the clock.
A series of miscues defined the final minute of the second quarter. Folk missed a 50-yarder wide right, then Fitzpatrick was picked off by David Harris two plays after. On the next down, Sanchez fumbled and Marcell Dareus recovered at the Jets' 46.
The Bills failed to move the ball and it remained 3-0 at the break.
"The worst part for me -- and I'm not afraid to make bad reads or bad throws -- is that you hate to let your guys down," Sanchez admitted.
The Jets have won four in a row and six of the last seven meetings with the Bills, including four straight with Buffalo playing host...Shonn Greene finished with 76 yards on 19 carries for New York...Fitzpatrick's two-point conversion was Buffalo's first successful try in 52 games dating back to September of 2008...The Bills picked up just 14 first downs, and went 3-for-11 on third-down attempts, while the Jets operated at 6-of-11 efficiency and totaled 24 first downs.
11/06 18:52:55 ET