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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills by the score of 28-24 Sunday. The Jets very easily could have lost this game including the Jets scoring to take the lead in the final two minutes Buffalo did not go away quietly. Buffalo drove the ball down the field and had at least a couple of chances to win the game but failed to get into the end zone. Steve Johnson dropped what probably would have been the winning touchdown during the final drive. The Jets didn’t win because they played a great game, rather the Jets just survived with the Bills crumbling in the final moments of the game.
Mark Sanchez had a good game going 17-35 for 180 yards throwing four touchdown passes and one interception with Shonn Greene providing 13 rushes for 78 yards and, Santonio Holmes with two rushes for 28 yards along with Joe McKnight providing four rushes for 21 yards. Dustin Keller led the receivers with four catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Plaxico Burress had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown, Holmes had two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown and McKnight had three catches for 19 yards. Greene had three catches for 12 yards. Nick Folk was 4-4 on extra points he didn’t attempt a field goal.
McKnight had four kickoff returns and averaged 26.5 yards with his long being 39 yards. T.J. Conley had five punts with an average of 41.6 yards. He had two inside the 20 and a long punt of 51 yards. Darrelle Revis led the defense with eight tackles. David Harris had a sack and Aaron Maybin had two sacks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Bills was 26-39 for 264 yards and three touchdowns. C.J. Spiller rushed for 55 yards on 19 attempts. Fitzpatrick had five rushes for 34 yards. Brad Smith had one rush for three yards and Johnny White had one for two yards. Smith had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Stevie Johnson had eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown but will be most remembered for his mocking touchdown celebration of Burress and the Jets crash landing. He also will be remembered for dropping what most likely would have been the game winning touchdown.
David Nelson caught five balls for 47 yards and a touchdown for the Bills and, Scott Chandler had six for 50 and Spiller had three catches for 15 yards. Dave Rayner was 1-1 in field goals and made three extra points. The field goal was a 53 yarder. Leodis McKelvin had two kickoff returns for 21.5 yards and Smith had one for 28 yards. Brian Moorman had seven punts and averaged 44.7 yards. He had three inside the 20 and his long punt was 54 yards.
Drayton Florence had an interception on defense. Nick Barnett led the defense with six tackles and two assists. Buffalo did not record a sack in the game.
The Jets are now 6-5 on the season and kept their playoff hopes alive. They are on the outside looking in right now. The Jets will travel to Washington to take on the Redskins on Sunday at 1:00PM. The Patriots who are in first place in the AFC East will be at home against the winless Indianapolis Colts.