Sunday, October 18, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Bills 16, Jets 13 OT
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron has survived for at least another week.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, meanwhile, wants to know what the heck happened to a team that started 3-0 and had fans excited about the playoffs.
The Jets were shocked by the Bills with a 16-13 overtime triumph Sunday at the Meadowlands.
Rian Lindell made a 47-yard field goal with 2:44 left in sudden death to give the sad sack Bills a much-needed win.
Lindell missed a 46-yard attempt at the end of regulation, but Jets holder Steve Weatherford botched the snap on what could have been a winning 49-yard Jay Feely try on the first possession of overtime.
The Jets appeared to be in total control with a 10-point halftime lead and some monstrous plays on offense. Running back Thomas Jones had carries of 64 and 71 yards in the second quarter.
But the Bills clawed their way back, while the Jets failed to put a hurting opponent out of its misery.
And what about quarterback Mark Sanchez?
Sanchez, the rookie from Southern California, didn't fare well in the chilly, windy and dreary conditions. For the second time in three weeks, he threw at least three interceptions. He was 10 of 29 for 119 yards and no touchdowns.
He also lost a ball even though a defender wasn't around him in the closing moments of the first half to hurt the Jets' chances of tacking on a field goal. The Jets were forced to call a timeout. They ran another play and hurried kicker Feely on the field. He missed the 44-yard attempt one kick after setting a club record with 24 straight successful tries.
The Jets' offense disappeared in the second half. Star nose tackle Kris Jenkins left the game with a knee injury right before halftime and didn't return.
Buffalo played shorthanded, too. Quarterback Trent Edwards was knocked from the game with a head injury while being sacked early in the second quarter.
Veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 10 of 25 passes for 116 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown strike to Lee Evans. But Fitzpatrick threw a costly interception in overtime.