With the Bills nursing a three-point lead and starting a drive at their own 10-yard line with 4:20 remaining in the game, four consecutive Marshawn Lynch runs took more than two minutes off the clock and pounded the ball out to the 27. Even though – or perhaps because – they knew what was coming, it looked like the Jets defense wanted no part of trying to tackle the Buffalo running back.
And then ...
On the last play before the two-minute warning, J.P. Losman took the snap, pivoted, and ... instead of handing off to Lynch again, started rolling out to his right, apparently intent on throwing a short pass to fullback Corey McIntyre. Based on the Bills’ recent track record of come-from-ahead losses, the result of the play should have been inevitable: absolute disaster. Safety Abram Elam coming untouched off the right side of the defense, bearing down on Losman from behind. Sack. Fumble. Ball bouncing perfectly into the hands of defensive end Shaun Ellis, who scooped up the early Christmas present at the Buffalo 11 and rumbled into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.
Two desperate Losman interceptions later, the Bills had found yet another creative way to lose a football game. There were reports of a shouting match between head coach Dick Jauron and offensive coordinator Turk Schonert following the game; afterward, Jauron took responsibility for the play call.