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Buffalo Bills News - December 31, 2001

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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?'

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December 30, 2001

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker Bills can spoil Jets' push to the playoffs [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Home field has not been much of an advantage for the Jets, who are just 3-4 in the Meadowlands.'

Marker Blue chips [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have five [2001] draft picks in the starting lineup, more than any other team in the league, and 11 of their [2001] draft choices still are on the team, also the highest total in the NFL.'

Marker Gentle giant [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Mentally, I'm a much better player than before," he said. "I've been struggling with injuries this year but for the future, I feel really good."'

Marker Donahoe's warm spot for Miller could ice a deal [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bears remain lukewarm on Miller and Donahoe is not able to reach an agreement on lowering Rob Johnson's price tag for next season (Johnson is scheduled to get $6.15 million from the Bills in 2002), then the Bills just might be interested in negotiating with Miller.'

Marker Bills have let too many close ones slip away [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are 2-6 in games decided by seven points or fewer, the Jets 7-2 including three one-point victories.'

Marker Q & A with Peerless Price [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] You were a Dallas fan growing up, so how much did you enjoy those Super Bowls against the Bills? [A:] ''I hated Buffalo. I was an NFC kid. I loved the Cowboys, so if they didn't win, I'd root for another NFC team.'

Marker Scouting report [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Jets lead the league with a remarkable plus-23 turnover ratio thanks mainly to a league-best 38 takeaways.'

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