Sloppy Win For Gang Green In Buffalo

Jets Beat Bills 13-6 Despite Mistakes And Rain

Brandon Contes
December 29, 2019 - 2:52 pm
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The Jets had a 3-0 lead at the half in Buffalo, but two missed field goals and egregious plays from quarterback Sam Darnold kept it from being more. Darnold threw one interception, he almost tossed another, botched a snap and missed his tight end for a touchdown in rainy Buffalo.

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First, Darnold tried to force a pass to Jamison Crowder, who had no separation from Bills cornerback Taron Johnson. The ball bounced off Johnson's helmet and into the hands of his Bills teammate Levi Wallace.

It was almost a turnover exchange on the very next play, but an overturned call kept the football in the hands of Buffalo. Jets linebacker Tarell Basham quickly broke through to the backfield for a strip sack of Bills quarterback Matt Barkley, who torched Gang Green last season during a 41-10 blowout victory.

It was Barkley’s first play in relief of starter Josh Allen who was removed not to risk injury for their playoff game next week. Ruled a fumble on the field, the call was overturned, determined to be an incomplete pass after review.

The Jets’ defense still forced a three and out, but Darnold would try to give the ball back again. Darnold was picked off a second time, in another example of the young quarterback attempting to force a play. But the Jets were bailed out by an errant penalty from Bills safety Kurt Coleman. Coleman was called for unnecessary roughness on Le’Veon Bell after launching himself into a blindside hit on the Jets running back.

The penalty saved the Jets from a turnover and kept the drive alive. Not long after, Darnold would miss a wide-open Daniel Brown in the endzone, leading to a three point try. After missing a 51-yarder earlier, Jets kicker Sam Ficken connected on a 30-yard field goal attempt to give Gang Green a 3-0 lead.

After the two-minute warning, the Jets defense would step up again as linebacker James Burgess recorded his first career interception, picking off Barkley.

The Jets would take the ball into the redzone and be forced to settle for another field goal attempt after Darnold was sacked just before time expired.

The ensuing 34-yard field goal attempt from Ficken sailed wide right, ending a sloppy first half that no coach would want to display at a football clinic.

Rain continued in the second half as Darnold didn't look great against the Bills second and third string defense, but he did convert on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Crowder early in the fourth quarter. The Jets ultimately defeated the Bills 13-6 as Gang Green finished the regular season winning six of their last eight games. 

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