Final

Bills 26

(5-11, 1-7 away)

Jets 30

(4-12, 4-4 home)

1:00 PM ET, January 1, 2006

 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 3 10 10 326
NYJ 3 14 3 1030

Top Performers

Passing: K. Holcomb (BUF) - 184 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: W. McGahee (BUF) - 22 CAR, 113 YDS

Receiving: E. Moulds (BUF) - 8 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Miller, Law help Jets edge Bills in season finale

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- When Justin Miller started his high-flying act down the sideline, Buffalo looked on in disgust.

It was over when ...
Ty Law intercepted a Kelly Holcomb pass with 47 seconds left.
Game ball goes to ...
Law. He had three interceptions to give him 10 on the season, the most of his career and the most ever by a Jets cornerback.

Miller scooted past every Bills player, speeding for a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 5:58 remaining to lift the Jets to a 30-26 victory Sunday. Ty Law sealed the win with his third interception of the game, helping New York (4-12) end the season with some dignity.

"We've been through a horrific season," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "It's not fun for the players, it's not fun for the organization. We just kept fighting. That's something to say about those men in that locker room."

The loss, however, was most undignified for the Bills (5-11), who came into the game yielding 18.6 yards per kickoff return -- tops in the NFL. It was the first time they gave up a kickoff return for a score since allowing two in an overtime loss to the Jets to open the 2002 season.

"I never imagined we'd lose the game on a touchdown, the way our unit had been playing," linebacker Mario Haggan said. "We came in with high hopes but to give it up like that really hurts. Until we kick it off in 2006, this will be in the back of our minds."

Both organizations are probably happy the season is over. The injury-ravaged Jets must deal with a new round of questions on the status of Edwards, who affirmed his commitment to the team again Sunday despite speculation linking him to Kansas City.

Now that Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil has decided to retire, that link will probably keep gaining strength. Edwards, who makes about $2 million a year, might try to use the situation to lobby for a contract extension because he needs time to clean up the team.

As for Buffalo, coach Mike Mularkey, the subject of much criticism this season, is expected to stay but general manager Tom Donahoe could be out. Mularkey said he wasn't concerned with his job security. Owner Ralph Wilson said he planned to meet with Mularkey in the next few days. "I'm going to talk to Mike and see what he has to say and see what he thinks he needs," Wilson said. "But there are going to be some changes. What's that old song? 'There are going to be some changes made?' Frankly I forget the words beyond there are going to be some changes made."

Law also could be out of New York, and if he played his last game with the Jets, he went out strong. His three interceptions brought his season total to 10, setting a career high and a record for most interceptions by a Jets cornerback. He also moved into third on the team's all-time single-season list.

Though Law took a hit to the head in the third quarter and was woozy, he insisted on returning to the game after sitting out a few series. The team's lone Pro Bowl selection, Law is expected to become a free agent in the offseason because he is due $11 million to trigger the remainder of his contract. The 11-year veteran is proud he was able to return from a broken right foot to have one of his most productive seasons.

"There was a lot of doubt if I'd be able to come back," Law said. "If there's a chance, I'd love to play with these guys again. We all know this is a business, it's something you can't control."

After Buffalo went ahead 26-23 on Rian Lindell's 36-yard field goal, Miller took the ensuing kickoff and tiptoed down the sideline, finally providing the special teams score the Jets lacked all season. Buffalo had one final shot with 47 seconds left, but Law intercepted Kelly Holcomb's deep heave.

Miller said all he saw was "green and daylight. I saw all my teammates blocking and laying it on the line ... so it was my goal to get into the end zone."

Lindell had four field goals in all (21, 24, 52, 36), and Holcomb was 23-of-37 for 184 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Most of the first-half highlights came from the Jets defense, which got three interceptions. Law had two, and Mark Brown had the other, when the football landed into his arms after it bounced off fullback Daimon Shelton's shoes. Brown raced 33 yards for a touchdown to put the Jets ahead 17-6 early in the second quarter.

Though Buffalo came back, the Jets were able to hold on to end the season on a positive note.

"I don't want to be standing here next year talking about the character of the team," linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. "I want to be talking about winning and the playoffs."

Game Notes
Jets DE John Abraham had a sack, giving him 10.5 sacks this season, his highest total since 13 in 2001. ... Buffalo had four sacks, including two from DT Sam Adams. ... Willis McGahee had 22 carries for 113 yards and went over 100 yards for the first time in eight games. ... Mike Nugent added three field goals (49, 25, 34) for the Jets.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Buffalo
NY Jets
1st Downs2112
3rd down efficiency
8-143-12
4th down efficiency
0-11-1
Total Yards331207
Yards per play4.84.1
Total Drives32
Passing172126
Comp-Att
23-3711-20
Yards per pass
4.66.3
Interceptions thrown
40
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-124-27
Rushing15981
Rushing Attempts
3027
Yards per rush
5.33.0
Penalties3-306-40
Turnovers40
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
40
Possession33:5826:02

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Holcomb23/371845.0242-12
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bollinger11/201537.7004-27

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee221135.1017
Evans13939.0039
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Houston16553.4110
Blaylock4143.506

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moulds89612.0122
Parrish4235.8115
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coles47919.8043
Cotchery14545.0045

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFNYJ
FG5:31Rian Lindell 21 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 53 yds, 3:38
30
FG10:02Mike Nugent 49 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:31
33
SECOND QUARTERBUFNYJ
FG0:48Rian Lindell 24 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 62 yds, 5:46
63
TD1:29Cedric Houston 3 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 46 yds, :41
610
TD1:45Mark Brown 33 Yd Interception Return (Mike Nugent Kick) 617
TD11:03Eric Moulds 22 Yd Pass From Kelly Holcomb (Rian Lindell Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 67 yds, 4:52
1317
THIRD QUARTERBUFNYJ
FG3:08Rian Lindell 52 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 27 yds, 3:08
1617
FG9:34Mike Nugent 25 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 69 yds, 6:26
1620
TD14:24Roscoe Parrish 3 Yd Pass From Kelly Holcomb (Rian Lindell Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 50 yds, 4:50
2320
FOURTH QUARTERBUFNYJ
FG4:25Mike Nugent 34 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 55 yds, 5:01
2323
FG8:47Rian Lindell 36 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 47 yds, 4:22
2623
TD9:02Justin Miller 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Mike Nugent Kick) 2630