Clock Ticking on Jets [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets, once thought to be a playoff shoo-in, imperiled their postseason hopes yesterday with a dreadful 14-9 loss to the lowly Bills — a performance eerily reminiscent of ... well, last year's late-season collapse.'
Hackett Botches Final Call [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'He said he thought the Jets had time to run two plays after they had spiked the ball at the Buffalo 24.'
Testy QB Passes the Buck [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Vinny Testaverde threw a pair of interceptions and had no touchdown passes, but he seemed unwilling to accept at least some of the blame for either one of them in the Jets' 14-9 loss to the Bills yesterday.'
Ringing in New Year With More Of the Same Old Finish [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Good teams can make mistakes and win. Not the Same Olds. They began the day with the best turnover record in the NFL. They take it away and they don't cough it up. Yesterday, they coughed it away three times and every one of them was painful.'
Questionable Calls [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Bills confused the Jets with a "bunch" formation, resulting in a 22-yard TD pass to WR Peerless Price. CB Ray Mickens, responsible for Price in man-to-man coverage, got picked on the play, according to Edwards.'
Jets' Report Card [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Herman Edwards made several tactical errors. Clearly, the Jets underestimated the Bills.'
Jets take page from dismal past [5:03 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We had an opportunity to do something special today, but we just didn't get it done . . . I still don't believe we lost," linebacker Marvin Jones said.'
Hackett takes lumps for last call [5:03 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We just didn't have enough time," Hackett said. "We had 13 seconds and we thought we had two plays [left]. Everybody knows that, but it turned out we only had one."'
Finally, Bills get big break [5:03 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It would have been easy for us just to give up and go home," said Van Pelt. "Ever since I've been here, that's not the way we've done things, no matter what the odds are."'
Jets not looking for help to get in [5:03 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Given the way the Jets played yesterday and their recent history in critical games, a win over Oakland is hardly a given - but the Raiders' recent performance doesn't make them world-beaters, either.'
A wrong time coming [5:03 AM]
New York Post reports: 'All the Jets needed, after showing no absolutely killer instinct and letting the Bills hang around all day and making Alex Van Pelt throw like Jim Kelly and Shawn Bryson run like Thurman Thomas, was the kind of grace under pressure that champions show you with a game, and, quite possibly, a season, on the line. In other words, the moment seized them instead of them seizing the moment.'
Good soldier, but... [5:03 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets didn't need a good solider yesterday. They needed a renegade. All they had was Testaverde.'
Curtis vaults to top in rushing race [5:03 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets, who entered the game leading the NFL with a plus-23 turnover ratio and with a league-low 15 giveaways, turned the ball over three times, with Vinny Testaverde throwing two INTs and Craig Yeast losing a fumble.'
Jets' Clinch Is No Cinch [5:02 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Bills won for the third time in 15 games; the Jets provided what must have looked like a blooper film from their forgettable December past.'
No Debate: Jets Messed Up [5:02 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"Theoretically, it shouldn't be a problem," beleaguered offensive coordinator Paul Hackett said about getting off two pass plays to the end zone in 13 seconds. "We don't make that play call if you can't make two plays."'
Read It and Weep: Jets Can't Stop the Sweep [5:02 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It wasn't that the Jets allowed Bryson to break off huge chunks of yardage (he averaged just 3.8 on 28 carries), it was that they allowed Buffalo to gain a nine-minute advantage in time of possession.'
Ill Wind Blows For Jets [5:02 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Of course, everything would have been fine if the Jets' defense had been able to slow the Bills' running attack, which allowed them to keep the ball for 10:15 in the third quarter to the Jets' 4:45.'
A rapid descent for Jets as Bills prevail [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Against Buffalo, the Jets didn't play well in any phase of the game.'
Jets stop short of blaming Testaverde [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'No one pinned the Jets' 14-9 loss to Buffalo directly on Testaverde. But no one was saying he had a banner day, either.'
The play not made raises plenty of questions [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '...shouldn't Testaverde be looking to throw into the end zone when he's down five points with 13 seconds remaining? "Yeah, but he didn't," coach Herman Edwards said. Why not? "Because he didn't throw it in the end zone," Edwards said.'
Another crash with a no-fault policy [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Let's hear this band of compulsive chokers and perennial losers explain why they are deserving of even one ounce of esteem in the wake of this pathetic mess of a 14-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the 3-12 Buffalo Bills, the playing-out-the-string Buffalo Bills.'
It's try, try again in trying times [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"This year has to be different from last year," running back Curtis Martin said. "I believe it will be."'
The morning after [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Buffalo rushed for 192 yards against a poor tackling defense that didn't seem ready.'
Jets' playoff hopes take hit with loss to Bills [5:00 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'The Jets drove inside Buffalo's 20-yard line on four of their 10 possessions yet they had to settle for three Hall field goals against a defense that had allowed the third-most points in the NFL this season.'
Edwards sensed [5:00 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: '"They were able to run the football on us and they killed us," Edwards said. "They ran around the end and they made plays and we didn't. We had a chance at times to make plays and we didn't get it done."'
Time to point a finger [4:58 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'So much for a 15-year veteran and supposed team leader actually standing up and taking some responsibility. "He can change (a play call)," Hackett said. "That's happened before."'
This Time, Things Don't Go Jets' Way [4:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'The Jets, who lead the NFL in takeaway/turnover ratio, gave Buffalo the ball four times and had no takeaways.'
Bills' 14-9 upset victory throws Jets for loss [4:56 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Do the Jets, who were 3-5 at home this season, really know how to win?'
Bills 14, Jets 9 [4:22 PM]
AP reports: '"Nothing was communicated to me on the field to go to the end zone," Testaverde said carefully of the critical play to Martin that came up short. "The play came into the huddle and we tried to execute it."'
Buffalo 14, NY Jets 9 [4:16 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'New York had possession twice in the final two minutes but fell short of its fifth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. Vinny Testaverde's rushed pass as time expired went out of the end zone.'
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