Final

Jets 19

(6-6, 3-3 away)

Bills 13

(4-8, 2-4 home)

Coverage: NFL

8:20 PM ET, December 3, 2009

Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 3 13 0 319
BUF 3 7 0 313

Top Performers

Passing: M. Sanchez (NYJ) - 104 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 23 CAR, 109 YDS

Receiving: J. Cotchery (NYJ) - 4 REC, 68 YDS

Sanchez hurts knee but defense shuts down Bills as Jets climb back to .500

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Looks like quarterback Mark Sanchez needs to take some more sliding lessons. At least the New York Jets' bid to make a late-season playoff push is back on better footing.

T.O. Lost On Revis Island

Entering Thursday's game, Terrell Owens had 14 receptions for 293 yards and 2 TDs in his last two games. Then he ran into the Jets' Darrelle Revis.

When Revis covered Owens
Targets 8
Receptions 2
Yards 16
TD-Int. 0-1

Sanchez threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards before hurting his right knee, and the Jets' stingy defense finished the job in a 19-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.

The Jets (6-6) won their second straight game and moved within a victory of AFC East-leading New England (7-4), which plays at Miami on Sunday.

Not all the news was good.

Sanchez was wearing a brace after sustaining what coach Rex Ryan described as a mild sprain which happened when the quarterback hurt himself with a headfirst dive at the end of an 8-yard run early in the third quarter. Sanchez had hurt his other knee in a 17-6 win over Carolina last weekend, which led to the team bringing in Yankees manager Joe Girardi to provide sliding lessons for the first-year quarterback.

"He's got to understand that it's in the organization's best interests to slide, and that was disappointing," said Ryan, who added it's uncertain whether Sanchez will be able to play at Tampa Bay on Dec. 13. "I love the kid, but he's got to grow up and understand that he represents our entire organization."

Bills O Goes M.I.A.

The Bills' offense was nearly silent in the second half as the Jets pressured quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and stymied Buffalo's running game.

Bills fewest yards in 2nd half
Since 1991
Date Opponent Yards
Sept. 20, 1996 Cowboys 30
Thursday Jets 36
Nov. 15, 1993 Steelers 41
Nov. 14, 2004 Patriots 48

The Jets, at least, didn't let down after Sanchez was escorted to the locker room.

Thomas Jones had 109 yards rushing to lead a Jets' ground attack that registered 249 yards. In two games against Buffalo, including a 16-13 overtime loss at the Meadowlands on Oct. 18, the Jets combined for 567 yards rushing.

And New York's defense did the rest, limiting Buffalo to 36 yards and four first downs in the second half.

The win was sealed with two big defensive plays to end the Bills' final drive.

Shaun Ellis burst up the middle to sack Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 10-yard loss. On the next play, Fitzpatrick attempted a desperation heave up the right sideline intended for Terrell Owens. The pass was underthrown, which allowed Darrelle Revis to intercept it with 2:02 remaining. The Jets were able to run out the clock.

"They had our number today," Fitzpatrick said. "Very disappointing. We had opportunities all day. Just real disappointed with what happened out there."

Buffalo (4-8) failed to build off the momentum it gained following a 31-14 win over Miami, and dropped to 1-2 since Perry Fewell took over as interim coach after Dick Jauron was fired.

"We just didn't get it done, bottom line," Fewell said. "But we had an opportunity to win the football game in the fourth quarter."

Revis' interception capped another solid outing for the cornerback in the Darrelle-versus-Terrell season sequel. He limited Owens to three catches for 13 yards in their first meeting. This time, Owens managed three catches for 31 yards.

"I just try the best I can," Revis said. "We know he's a big-time receiver. I get that job every week."

The game was Buffalo's second in Toronto, part of a five-year, $78 million deal the Bills reached with Toronto-based Rogers Communications last year to play one annual regular-season game and three preseason contests in Canada's largest city and financial capital.

Fast Facts

• Thomas Jones' 319 yards vs. the Bills this season are the second-most vs. the Bills in one season (Ricky Williams -- 325 yards in 2002).

• Thursday was the ninth straight game the Jets have eclipsed 100 yards on the ground, their longest streak since gaining at least 100 rushing yards in nine straight games in 1991.

• The Jets ran for 567 yards against the Bills this season, the most vs. one opponent in a season in Jets' history.

• The Bills are 0-2 all-time in Toronto and have lost four of their last five games overall.

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"This is my first time going outside of the country. I got my passport for the first time," Revis said. "It was a good time."

Owens chalked up the loss to missed opportunities due to breakdowns by Buffalo's patchwork offensive line, which lost right tackle Kirk Chambers to an injured left ankle late in the second quarter.

"We had an opportunity there at the end to at least establish something, but it was too little, too late," Owens said.

The teams traded the lead three times in the first half. Down 10-9, the Jets went ahead for good when Sanchez scrambled out of trouble and hit Edwards over the middle with 44 seconds left in the half to cap a six-play, 86-yard drive.

Sanchez finished 7-of-15 for 104 yards in an abbreviated night that was a much better performance than his previous game against Buffalo, when he threw a season-worst five interceptions, including one that set up the winning field goal.

Sanchez was disappointed in himself for the way he got hurt.

"I'm probably going to take some heat for not sliding. But in the heat of the momentum I was just trying to get the first down," Sanchez said. "Tough play."

And yet, he was hopeful he won't miss any playing time.

"I'm optimistic," Sanchez said. "I'll do anything I can to play next week."

Jay Feely hit four field goals, including a 49-yarder for the Jets.

Marshawn Lynch scored on a 15-yard run and Rian Lindell had two field goals, including a 49-yarder.

Game notes


The Bills have lost 10 straight prime-time games, dating to a 13-10 win at Jacksonville on Oct. 18, 2001. They are 1-2 since opening their Bills-in-Toronto series with a 24-21 preseason win against Pittsburgh on Aug. 14. ... With 1,068 yards rushing, Jones broke the 1,000-yard plateau for a fifth straight season. Of that total, he has 319 in two games against Buffalo. ... Owens inched closer to becoming the NFL's sixth player to register 1,000 receptions. He has 994.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
BUF
1st Downs1710
Passing 1st downs
55
Rushing 1st downs
125
1st downs from Penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
5-161-11
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6550
Total Yards331194
Yards per play5.13.9
Total Drives1313
Passing8271
Comp - Att
8-179-23
Yards per pass
4.83.1
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-363-27
Rushing249123
Rushing Attempts
4324
Yards per rush
5.85.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-41-2
Penalties3-181-5
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:1024:50

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Sanchez7/151046.9102-18
Clemens1/2147.0003-18
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpat...9/23984.3013-27

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones231094.7029
Greene11595.4017
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch66010.0135
Fitzpat...5326.4011

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Cotchery46817.00456
Edwards34515.01276
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Evans13838.00387
Owens33110.30159

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJBUF
bufFG10:45Rian Lindell 49 Yd 03
nyjFG03:39Jay Feely 38 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERNYJBUF
nyjFG13:21Jay Feely 49 Yd 63
bufTD10:25Marshawn Lynch 15 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick) 610
nyjFG06:09Jay Feely 31 Yd 910
nyjTD00:44Braylon Edwards 13 Yd Pass From Mark Sanchez (Jay Feely Kick) 1610
FOURTH QUARTERNYJBUF
nyjFG14:56Jay Feely 37 Yd 1910
bufFG05:28Rian Lindell 32 Yd 1913