SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2008
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY
1:00 PM ET
CBS / CBS HD
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Greg Gumbel
COLOR ANALYST: Dan Dierdorf
DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket:
Channel 705 / Channel 705-1 (HD)
Buffalo Bills Radio Network
PLAY-BY-PLAY: John Murphy
COLOR ANALYST: Mark Kelso
SIDELINE REPORTER: Paul Peck
Jets Radio Network
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Bob Wischusen
COLOR ANALYST: Marty Lyons
Sirius Sunday Drive:
Channel 144 (Buffalo feed), Channel 123 (New York feed)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES RECORD: Bills lead, 52-43.
PLAYOFF RECORD: Bills 1, Jets 0.
LAST MEETING: November 2, 2008 – Jets 26, Bills 17
Olean Times Herald postgame coverage:
Bills can’t close the deal on Jets
POLLOCK: This was a bad loss for the Bills
‘Vintage’ Favre leads Jets
Bills notebook: Greer matches Spikes with TD picks
POLLOCK: Reflections of Bills’ loss to the Jets
The Bills, in the midst of a four-game skid, kept finding new and innovative ways to lose. This week’s installment? At one point, the Buffalo offense ran 27 consecutive offensive plays ... and was outscored 7-0 by the Jets defense during that stretch.
Leading 7-6 and facing third-and goal from the New York 14 on the final play of the first quarter, Trent Edwards dropped back and fired a pass to Roscoe Parrish, who had bailed him out on another third-and-long play earlier in the possession. Unfortunately for the Bills, Parrish slipped while trying to make his cut. Strong safety Abram Elam didn’t. Ninety-two yards later, Elam and his teammates were celebrating in the end zone in front of a stunned Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd.
The offense tried to regroup, setting off on another long drive. But with Marshawn Lynch sidelined after sprinting the length of the field in a futile attempt to catch Elam, Fred Jackson was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1 from the New York 8-yard line, and the Jets headed into the locker room with the score 13-7.
The teams swapped field goals early in the second half, before Thomas Jones’ seven-yard touchdown run gave the visitors a two-touchdown lead at the end of the third quarter. And when Rian Lindell’s 43-yard kick hooked wide early in the fourth, the situation appeared grim for the hometown team.
Ah, but Brett Favre still has that gunslinger’s heart. Content to dump the ball off to his backs and tight ends for most of the game, the veteran quarterback, pressured by Paul Posluszny, heaved the ball in the general direction of Jerricho Cotchery. An alert Jabari Greer jumped the route, made the pick, and sprinted 42 yards to the end zone, tying a club record with his second pick-six of the season. Lindell’s extra point cut the margin to 23-17 with 10:53 remaining, and if the defense could hold one more time, the Bills would be right back in the game.
That defensive stand never happened. The Jets played keepaway for the next 8:41, combining a heavy dose of running plays with a few short, safe passes, and Jay Feely’s fourth field goal of the afternoon restored their two-score lead with just 2:16 on the clock. Buffalo moved quickly downfield on their last-chance drive, but cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off a pass in his own end zone to end the threat, and two Favre kneeldowns finished off the win.
LAST TIME IN THE MEADOWLANDS: October 28, 2007 - Bills 13, Jets 3
Times Herald coverage:
POLLOCK: Has Losman recreated QB controversy?
Notebook: Edwards, now 3-1, gets credit for Bills’ win
Pinned inside his own 20 and with the Bills clinging to a 6-3 lead late in the fourth quarter, J.P Losman went for broke. Spotting Lee Evans streaking down the right sideline, Losman – in the game for the injured Trent Edwards – uncorked one of his patented deep balls.
“It seemed like it hung in the air forever,” Evans said. “I just tried to go up and make a play on it. It was a matter of who wanted to make the play the most.”
Jets rookie cornerback Darrelle Revis tried to fight Evans for the ball, managing to get his hands on it, but the Bills wide receiver won the battle. And when safety Abram Elam collided with Revis, knocking both defenders out of the play, Evans had clear sailing to the end zone for an 85-yard, game-clinching touchdown.
New York countered by bringing in Kellen Clemens off the bench to replace Chad Pennington; while he did manage to move the ball, he also threw two interceptions, the last on a Hail Mary to George Wilson as time expired.
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