Jets Slip Past Bills and Keep Playoff Hopes Alive, 28-24
Unlike the last time these two teams played, it was back and forth all day long and included everything a football fan could ask for.
Following that touchdown the Jets responded in exactly one minute by scoring one of their own on a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress who did a simple celebration and chose not to retaliate. With that, the score at halftime was 14-14.
The game followed a similar path in the third quarter as it was tied 21-21 going into the fourth quarter.
After a 53-yard field goal, the Bills took a 24-21 lead over the Jets. They had a chance to build on their lead but could not move the ball and were forced to give the Jets the ball back with a little less than 5 minutes.
Following a few big third down conversions through the air and some nifty footwork by Plaxico Burress, the Jets were able to retake the lead courtesy of the other receiver Johnson mocked in his celebration, Santonio Holmes.
Buffalo was given the ball back with a little less than a minute left and were able to make their way into New York territory. After nearing the red zone, Buffalo's drive stalled as Steve Johnson shot his team in the foot by dropping two potential touchdown receptions. The Bills could not score and the Jets for another time this season, pulled off a comeback victory late in the fourth quarter.
This victory keeps the Jets "in the hunt" as they improve to 6-5 and will travel to FedEx Field next week to take on the Redskins, while the Bills season is essentially over as they fall to 5-6 and will return home to take on the Titans next Sunday.
In case you missed WR Stevie Johnson's dropped passes at the end of the game, watch them here!
The Bills had a chance to win this game late but couldn't cease the moment.
And on a last attempt, Ryan Fitzpatrick overthrows Steve Johnson and the Jets win. That loss will put an end to the Bills season, while the victory for the Jets will keep their playoff hopes alive.
Steve Johnson drops a second pass that could have been a touchdown.
And Ryan Fitzpatrick runs it on his own for the first down and gets out of bounds. Buffalo has the ball on the Jets 27 and needs a touchdown.
Jets are playing safe coverage and the Bills continue to drive as they have made their way into New York territory with 40 seconds left in regulation. The Bills have two timeouts remaining.
Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes connect on a big pass in the corner of the end zone to retake the lead. The Bills will need a touchdown to win the game.
Mark Sanchez connects with with his former USC teammate Patrick Turner to convert for a big first down. With the first down, the Jets have made their way into Buffalo territory. The Jets and Bills season rests in the hands of Mark Sanchez.
Poor play call by Brian Schottenheimer with the shovel pass. The two-minute warning has approached and the Jets will have to convert a 3rd and 11 if they want to continue their drive.
Jets defense gives offense a chance to come back and hopefully at least tie the game. They will start the next drive just inside their 20-yard line with 5:44 left in regulation as they trail 24-21.
The Jets defense starts off the next drive making up for the offenses poor production as usual by stopping C.J. Spiller in the backfield. This is possibly the biggest possession of the game.
Following the poor run David Harris sacks Ryan Fitzpatrick as he had no receivers open downfield.
Jets are able to stop the Bills from driving any further down field and Dave Rayner nailed a 53-yard field to give his team a 24-21 lead.
Jets go with the same exact play that lost them the game last week against the Broncos on third and short, which they recognize and get the first down on.
Here is my take on the Steve Johnson touchdown celebration mentioned earlier.
For the third time in a row, Mark Sanchez has thrown a pass that has been deflected, forcing the Jets to punt. A holding penalty takes away some of the momentum held by Buffalo right now as the Bills will start this drive inside their own 20-yard line.
Mark Sanchez continues to throw into areas where receivers are covered by two men. Sooner or later he is going to throw another interception.
After a good Joe McKnight return, the Jets start their next drive on their own 37-yard line.
Right after muffing the punt, Antonio Cromartie was abused by Brad Smith as he catches the tipped pass over Cromartie and bodies his way into the endzone. Cromartie has single-handedly given up the lead.
Jets defense forces another three and out and the Bills are forced to punt. Antonio Cromartie muffs the punt and Buffalo recovers the fumble. They will take possession right outside of the Jets 20. That play was exactly the same as the lost fumble on the kick return against the Ravens last month.
Dustin Keller comes through on his second big catch on the drive and second touchdown catch today as the Jets take the lead for the first time today.
Jets take a play out of Buffalo's playbook by running a screen to Joe McKnight. Barring any really bad plays, this may be the first "complete" Jets drive in a long time.
Jets are able to take of small chunks at a time with the running game as they switch between Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight at running back.
After several plays for good gains, the Jets defense is able to stop the Bills offense forcing them to punt after a six minute drive that stalled near mid field.
Ryan Fitzpatrick makes two great plays in a row as he hits Brad Smith down the middle and avoids a sack then runs for a gain of 9 to keep the ball moving.
Did Steve Johnson go to far on this touchdown celebration?
You be the judge. Feel free to comment below.
Both teams have issues to fix.
For the Bills, they need to find a way to get their running game going. They are not having too much trouble passing the ball but a solid performance by C.J. Spiller could really be the difference between a field goal or a punt at the end of a drive. And in a game as close and important as this one, every point counts.
For the Jets, they need to figure out how to get Mark Sanchez to pay better attention downfield. He is making poor decisions by throwing it into crowds and has led his receivers into several poor situations like on the last drive when he threw to Santono Holmes over the middle. The pass was an incompletion and Holmes got decked as soon as the ball got past him.
Jets cannot come out of the drive with points as the game goes into halftime tied.
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