The New York Jets went into Ralph Wilson Stadium and controlled the game against the Buffalo Bills from the opening whistle until the final seconds ticked off the clock in the fourth quarter. The 27-11 score suggests the game was closer than it actually was. The Jets easily could have run away with the game in the first half, but mistakes kept the Bills alive for a while. A physical, dominant defensive performance by the Jets was the highlight of the game.
The Jets held Fred Jackson to under 100 yards rushing, and Ryan Fitzpatrick completed only 15 of his 31 passes, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. Plaxico Burress had five catches, and Santonio Holmes found the end zone.
After forcing a three-and-out by the Bills offense, the Jets took over for their first possession on their own six yard line. They drove all the way down to the Buffalo seven yard line in 14 plays, taking over 10:09 off the clock. The drive ended when Mark Sanchez was intercepted in the end zone. The next offensive drive for the Jets also seemed destined for points, but a big Shonn Greene run was called back because of a holding call on Matt Mulligan.
After another three-and-out for Buffalo, the Jets took over on their own 25 yard line. They drove down to the Buffalo 31, and Nick Folk drilled a 49-yard field goal to make the score 3-0. The Jets took that lead into halftime.
A second Folk field goal gave the Jets a 6-0 lead, the Jets finally got into the end zone with 8:34 left in the third quarter when LaDainian Tomlinson jumped over the pile from one yard out. The score was set up by a 19-yard catch by Plaxico Burress, as he physically dominated two Bills defenders on the play. The drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Jim Leonhard. The 13-0 lead seemed insurmountable given the way the Jets defense was dominating.
The Bills finally answered with a 24-yard filed goal with 4:47 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 10. The Jets fired right back via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to Santonio Holmes, set up by a pass interference call against the Bills on a deep throw to Holmes the play before. The touchdown extended the lead to 20-3.
The Jets sealed the game early in the fourth quarter when they stuffed Fred Jackson on a fourth down run. Bart Scott knifed into the backfield and wrapped Jackson's legs, Calvin Pace finishing him off. The ensuing drive for the Jets offense ate up 7:58 and covered 84 yards, John Conner plunged in from one yard out to make the score 27-3 with 6:27 remaining in the contest.
Buffalo did put together a drive in response, going 80 yards in 3:13, a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to David Nelson pushing the ball across the goal line. The two-point conversion brought the Bills within 16, down 27-11. Darrelle Revis recovered the onside kick, putting the game on ice for the Jets.
The Jets now return home to MetLife Stadium to face the New England Patriots next Sunday.
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