Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Five Plays That Shaped The Game
By Matt Ehalt
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- This season, we'll take a look back at the five key plays that defined each Jets game. Here are the top five plays from the 48-28 win over the Bills at home on Sunday, in chronological order.
1. Revis Island. After Mark Sanchez started the game off with an interception, Buffalo had a chance to put up some quick points and get the Jets worrying. That never happened as Darrelle Revis recorded an interception, a sign of things to come. The Bills were driving into Jets territory when Revis made the pick, the first of three by the home team.
Jeremy Kerley returned a punt 68 yards for a TD.
2. Sanchez leads TD drive. Sanchez had gone all preseason without a touchdown, but it only took him two drives in the regular season to put up seven. A key third-down pass to Jeremy Kerley helped keep the drive moving, and he later found Kerley for a score to give the Jets a 7-0 lead. The touchdown capped an eight-play, 61-yard drive that had fantastic execution and gave the Jets life.
3. Hill's debut.Stephen Hill showed why the Jets valued him, as he scored two touchdowns in his NFL debut. His first came on the first play of the second quarter as he beat Buffalo rookie Stephon Gilmore down the left sideline and hauled in a 33-yard score to give the Jets a 14-0 lead. There had been questions about how NFL-ready Hill was, but he looked the part with the nifty grab.
4. Special teams score. The offense was scoring. The defense was causing turnovers. So why not let have some special teams fun? With the Jets up 14-0, Kerley, already with a touchdown catch to his name, took a punt 68 yards to the house to put the Jets up three scores and all but end this game less than three minutes into the second quarter. After having some struggles in the preseason, Kerley showed why the Jets were so high on him after last season.
5. Fumble. With the Jets up 24-7 and less than two minutes left in the first half, C.J. Spiller caught a pass and was at midfield when the ball was stripped from him. The Jets would recover and tack on a field goal to make it 27-7 at the half. Had the Bills scored a touchdown there, it's suddenly 24-14 going into the half and Buffalo's in the game. Instead, the turnover led to a 20-point edge.