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Bills grind clock, get picks in win over Jets

Posted Jan 3, 2016

The win lifted the Bills to a .500 record as they finished the season 8-8.


Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY

Overall records: Buffalo (8-8), NY Jets (10-6)

In a Nutshell:
All season long Buffalo has relied on their rushing attack and against the league’s number one run defense they were effective enough. The Bills offense controlled the clock staying committed to a run game with a conservative pass game to carry a 22-17 lead late into the fourth quarter. Buffalo’s defense did the rest as Leodis McKelvin, Manny Lawson and A.J. Tarpley each turned in key interceptions to protect the lead and complete the season sweep of the Jets.

The win lifted the Bills to a .500 record as they finished the season 8-8. The Jets loss combined with Pittsburgh’s win over Cleveland pushed New York out of the AFC playoffs.

It’s the first time in 15 years the Bills have posted back-to-back seasons of .500 or better. The win was also the fifth straight against the Jets.

How it went down:
--Buffalo took an early 7-0 lead when Tyrod Taylor on a broken play ran 18 yards to the front left corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

--Karlos Williams pushed the lead to 13 on a two-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, but Dan Carpenter missed the point after attempt.

--The Jets climbed back into the game on the back of Brandon Marshall. After he made a 41-yard catch to move New York into scoring territory he pulled in a 17-yard pass for the Jets first touchdown (13-7) with just over nine minutes left in the first half.

--The Bills effectively killed the last nine minutes of clock in the first half on the ensuing possession marching 70 yards on 15 plays before Dan Carpenter put a 20-yard attempt up and through for a 16-7 lead at the half.

--A Mike Gillislee fumble on the first possession of the second half led to a gold scoring opportunity for the Jets at the Buffalo 23-yard line. New York however, could only manage a 39-yard Randy Bullock field goal as the Bills defense sent the Jets offense three-and-out.

--Buffalo went on their third clocking-grinding scoring drive of the game midway through the third quarter. They ate up more than eight minutes of clock en route to a 37-yard field goal by Carpenter to push their lead to nine (19-10) with five minutes remaining in the third.

--The Jets responded with under a minute to play in the third quarter when Ryan Fitzpatrick beat a safety blitz to find Eric Decker for a 21-yard touchdown (19-17).

--The Bills pushed their lead to five with just under four minutes remaining when Carpenter hit his third field goal of the game from 42 yards out (22-17).

Subplots:
Leodis McKelvin made his second interception of the season in the Bills end zone on a pass intended for Eric Decker in the fourth quarter with the Bills clinging to a two-point lead at the time. Manny Lawson and A.J. Tarpley followed with interceptions on the next two Jets possessions.

Tyrod Taylor rushed for his fourth touchdown of the season on an 18-yard run in the first quarter.

Karlos Williams scored his ninth touchdown of the season, making him the first Bills rookie to score nine or more since Lee Evans in 2004. He also left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return.

Dan Carpenter had 10 points in the game, which gave him 103 points for the third consecutive season. He is the first Bill to achieve the feat since Rian Lindell from 2004-06. He also reached 900 points in his career.

IK Enemkpali (foot), John Miller (ankle) and Ronald Darby (groin) all left the game with injuries and did not return.

Inactives:
QB Josh Johnson, RB LeSean McCoy, LB Nigel Bradham, DE/OLB Max Valles, TE Charles Clay, DT T.J. Barnes, DE Lavar Edwards.

Up next:
The Bills 2016 regular season schedule includes the following opponents in addition to their two meetings each with Miami, New England and the Jets.

Home – Arizona, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Jacksonville
Away – Baltimore, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Seattle, Oakland

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