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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Jets 31, Bills 27


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets are in trouble. Or are they?

The Jets went into Sunday in charge of their own destiny, but oh-so nearly forfeited control with an unbelievable 31-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills at the Meadowlands.

The Bills were protecting a three-point lead with about two minutes to play, but J.P. Losman was sacked and fumbled. Jets defensive lineman Shaun Ellis picked it up and scored a touchdown to help the Jets remain tied for first place in the AFC East.

The Jets were desperate for a victory after dropping two in a row against opponents they were favored against. Maybe beating the Bills will inject some confidence, but how they escaped must be disconcerting to their fans.

That the Jets needed such a miraculous defensive play should be disturbing because the Bills went into the game having scored zero touchdowns on their past 22 possessions.

Bills running backs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson and even Losman gashed the Jets' run defense, which might not deserve its elite reputation anymore.

But the Jets always seemed to come up with the big play. With the Bills about to take a 17-14 lead into halftime, Leon Washington ripped off a 47-yard touchdown run to put the Bills back in their place.