It may have been ugly but Mark Sanchez led the Jets to the 28-24 victory over the Bills on Sunday
In a game in which Mark Sanchez was held under 50% passing, it was the one throw he did make that propelled the New York Jets to a 28-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes on a 16-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone with 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Jets the important division win.
The Bills tried to respond on their final drive getting deep into Jets territory, but failed to convert on a series of passing attempts towards the endzone.
Stevie Johnson had a critical drop while running down the middle of the field on the Bills final drive. Johnson had open space down the field and could have possibly scored on the play. However, the ball just fell innocently to the ground.
The drop was one of two key mistakes Johnson made in the game; a game in which he actually scorched one of the best corners in the NFL, Darrell Revis.
After scoring on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, Johnson celebrated in the back of the endzone by pretending to imitate Jets receiver Plaxico Burress by shooting himself in the leg
Johnson’s celebration didn’t end there though. Johnson continued his celebration by pretending to fly a jet before crashing to the ground.
Johnson’s celebration was penalized since falling to the ground on a celebration is considered unsportsmanlike and the Bills were forced to kickoff from their own 20-yard line.
On the ensuing kickoff attempt, Rayner skulled an attempted squib kick and the Jets recovered the ball deep in Bills territory.
A few plays later, Sanchez made the Bills pay for their mistakes as he found Plaxico Burress in the back of the endzone to tie the game at 14-14 entering the half.
Both teams went on to trade scores before the Bills took a 24-21 lead on a 53-yard Rayner field goal with 9:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Bills couldn’t hold on the lead however, as the Jets scored on their final drive as they went on to win 28-24.
The loss severely hurts the Bills playoff hopes as they fall to 5-6 and will need to win out to have any chance to extend their season.
The Bills return to action next week where they’ll try to avenge Sunday’s heartbreaking loss at home where they’ll take on the Tennessee Titans.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Despite the loss, Fitzpatrick had a great game versus the Jets. He was effective and spread the ball out well. Fitzpatrick appeared to play like he did earlier in the season and was the main reason the Bills had a chance to win the game.
Brad Smith: The Bills gave Brad Smith a nice, lucrative contract for a return-man/wildcat quarterback in the offseason. The contract hadn’t been paying off for the Bills until Sunday. Smith had an amazing touchdown reception against Antonio Cromartie and had a solid game as a whole.
Stevie Johnson: Stevie was one of the best players on the field on Sunday. However, his game will be judged by two mistakes in which he cost the Bills deeply. Johnson’s late drop and selfish celebration penalty was costly and hurt the Bills badly on Sunday.
Bills Defense: As a whole, it wasn’t a horrible effort by the defense as they had five rookies starting. The problem, the defense crumbled at the end of the game and cost the Bills the victory as they allowed Mark Sanchez and the Jets to drive for a game-winning touchdown.
-Bills get swept by the Jets in 2011
-Bills fall to 5-6 on the year, take on Tennessee Titans next week
-Ryan Fitzpatrick: 26-39, 264 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 111.5 QB rating
-CJ Spiller: 19 carries, 55 yards, 3 receptions, 15 yards
-Stevie Johnson: 8 receptions, 75 yards, 1 touchdown
-Brad Smith: 4 receptions, 77 yards, 1 touchdown
-Scott Chandler: 6 receptions, 50 yards
-David Nelson: 5 receptions, 47 yards, 1 touchdown
-336 total yards, 318 yards allowed, 36:11 time of possession