Final/OT

Bills 16

(2-4, 1-2 away)

Jets 13

(3-3, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, October 18, 2009

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 OT T
BUF 3 0 10 0 316
NYJ 3 10 0 0 013

Sanchez's INTs overshadow Jones' career day as Jets lose third straight

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rian Lindell made good on his second chance at giving the Buffalo Bills a stunning victory.

Lindell kicked a 47-yard field goal with 2:44 left in overtime, making up for a miss at the end of regulation in the Bills' 16-13 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

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"I told them, 'Let's get inside the 30 and hammer away,'" Lindell said. "I've got to make that."

The Bills (2-4) took advantage of rookie Mark Sanchez's fifth interception of the day to snap a three-game losing streak, and send the sputtering Jets (3-3) to their third straight loss.

"That sure was a great win for our football team," coach Dick Jauron said. "We certainly needed it. I can't say enough about that group of guys. They won't quit, no matter what happens."

Lindell was wide right on a 46-yard attempt into the wind as regulation time expired, sending it to overtime.

"We had to pick each other up," Lindell said. "We made more mistakes than we'd like to. It's nice to overcome that and battle back."

Off the Mark

Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions on Sunday in a loss to the Bills. He now is tied with Jake Delhomme for the NFL lead in interceptions. The rookie has just one TD and eight INTs in his past three games -- all losses.

Sanchez by game
First 3 Last 3
Jets record 3-0 0-3
Cmp pct 59.0 45.0
TD-Int 4-2 1-8
Passer rtg 87.7 26.5

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in ably for an injured Trent Edwards, who left early in the second quarter with a concussion, helping the Bills overcome Thomas Jones' Jets franchise-record 210 yards rushing on 22 carries. The Jets finished with 318 yards rushing, including 99 by Leon Washington, but it went for naught.

"We lost," said Jones, who broke Curtis Martin's team mark. "I could've had 2 yards. We lost the game."

And perhaps much more.

Nose tackle Kris Jenkins left late in the second quarter with what coach Rex Ryan called a "probably severe" left knee injury.

Ryan didn't want to speculate further on the future of Jenkins, one of the team's defensive stars, until he had an MRI exam. Jenkins' leg was heavily wrapped after the game, and he left the stadium on crutches.

Fast Facts

• The Jets jumped out to a 13-3 halftime lead, but didn't score again despite Thomas Jones' team-record 210 rush yards. Jones is just the second Jet to top 200 yards rushing in a game -- Curtis Martin had 203.

• Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions and now has eight in his last three games, all Jets losses.

• The Bills had six interceptions in all, also picking off Sam Weatherford after a botched field goal in overtime. They entered the game with four interceptions all season.

• Sanchez joins Ryan Fitzpatrick and Kyle Orton as rookies to throw five picks in a game since 2000. Fitzpatrick, coincidentally, replaced Trent Edwards for Buffalo against the Jets.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"We'll know much more about it [Monday]," Ryan said. "Unfortun-
ately, I think it's probably severe. I'm not sure, though."

That would be a devastating loss for a defense that has struggled to dominate as it did to start the season.

"It's a huge blow," defensive end Shaun Ellis said. "Guys are going to have to step up across the board and fill in his shoes, and those are big shoes to fill."

Jay Feely had a shot at a winning 50-yard attempt early in overtime, but holder Steve Weatherford couldn't handle the snap. Weatherford, the punter, ran to his left and lofted the ball, but it was picked off by John Wendling and gave the Bills possession.

Fitzpatrick went 10 of 25 for 116 yards and a touchdown to Lee Evans and one interception for the Bills after Edwards left. On third-and-2 from the Bills 43 early in the second quarter, Edwards was taken down by David Harris and Calvin Pace and remained on the turf for a few moments before being taken to the sideline, and then into the locker room.

"If Trent ends up being out, I'll get some more time with those guys," Fitzpatrick said. "I love playing the game. It was a lot of fun being out there."

A week after holding Cleveland's Derek Anderson to 2-for-17 passing for 23 yards in a 6-3 loss, Buffalo made things miserable for Sanchez. The rookie was 10 of 29 for 119 yards and the five interceptions, including two by Jairus Byrd, with the last coming by Paul Posluszny to set up the winning drive.

"I don't know if I could play any worse," a dejected Sanchez said. "It was totally my fault and I owe these guys a lot."

The Bills also took advantage of two third-quarter interceptions by Sanchez into a strong wind, getting 10 points to tie it. Ryan said he thought about pulling the rookie, but said he still believed in him.

"Of the six games, three losses, two of them I felt like you can blame No. 6 on offense," Sanchez said. "That's not a good feeling. I've got to turn this thing around."

On third-and-7 from the Jets 37, Fitzpatrick avoided a blitz and threw a short pass to Evans, who ran a slant and took off down the middle of the field to tie it at 13 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.

"He stepped in and we didn't miss a beat," Evans said of Fitzpatrick.

The crowd at a blustery Meadowlands let the Jets' defense have it with loud boos.

George Wilson intercepted Sanchez on the Jets' first possession of the second half, and Lindell kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 13-6.

Jones' 71-yard touchdown run, the fifth-longest in team history, gave the Jets a 13-3 lead with 7:31 remaining before halftime.

"When you have a lot of penalties and a lot of turnovers and plays that get called back, just a lot of misfortunes in the game," Jones said, "you're not going to win."

Game notes


Martin had 203 yards rushing against Indianapolis in 2000. ... Jauron said safety Donte Whitner left early with an injured ankle, defensive tackle Kyle Williams has an injured shoulder, cornerback Terrence McGee has a bruised chest and tight end Shawn Nelson suffered a concussion. ... Bills WR Terrell Owens was held to three catches for 13 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
NYJ
1st Downs2015
Passing 1st downs
75
Rushing 1st downs
810
1st downs from penalties
50
3rd down efficiency
5-163-15
4th down efficiency
0-01-3
Total Plays7372
Total Yards296414
Yards per play4.15.8
Total Drives1414
Passing15496
Comp-Att
15-3010-30
Yards per pass
5.03.0
Interceptions thrown
16
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-52-23
Rushing142318
Rushing Attempts
4240
Yards per rush
3.47.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-2
Penalties8-6414-96
Turnovers26
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
16
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession39:0333:13

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpatrick10/251164.6110-0
Edwards5/5438.6001-5
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Sanchez10/291194.1052-23
Weatherford0/100.0010-0

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch19613.2012
Jackson15523.509
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones222109.5171
Washington15996.6033

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans46817.0137
Nelson23417.0025
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Washington34615.3033
Edwards34013.3022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFNYJ
bufFG7:22Rian Lindell 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 47 yds, 6:31
30
nyjFG0:39Jay Feely 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 75 yds, 6:46
33
SECOND QUARTERBUFNYJ
nyjFG9:50Jay Feely 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yds, 2:41
36
nyjTD7:40Thomas Jones 71 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 67 yds, 0:35
313
THIRD QUARTERBUFNYJ
bufFG7:50Rian Lindell 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 4:44
613
bufTD2:38Lee Evans 37 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 64 yds, 2:44
1313
OVERTIMEBUFNYJ
bufFG2:49Rian Lindell 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 29 yds, 3:41
1613