NFL Game Recap - NY Jets at Buffalo
Sun Dec 9, 2018 1:00 PM EST

JAX
9
TEN
30
F
NYG
40
WAS
16
F
NO
28
TB
14
F
NE
33
MIA
34
F
BAL
24
KC
27
F OT
IND
24
HOU
21
F
ATL
20
GB
34
F
CAR
20
CLE
26
F
NYJ
27
BUF
23
F
DEN
14
SF
20
F
CIN
21
LAC
26
F
PIT
21
OAK
24
F
PHI
23
DAL
29
F OT
DET
17
ARI
3
F
LAR
6
CHI
15
F
MIN
7
SEA
21
F

NY Jets 27, Buffalo 23

Dec 9, 2018, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

NY Jets (4-9)

3

10

0

14

27

Buffalo (4-9)

14

3

3

3

23

Darnold leads Jets to 27-23 win over Allen, Bills
Sun Dec 9, 2018 6:30 PM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Sam Darnold had difficulty containing his excitement after the New York Jets rookie enjoyed his first fourth-quarter comeback victory in the NFL.

On the other side of the tunnel, Buffalo rookie Josh Allen had difficulty keeping his frustrations in check after his three turnovers contributed to costing the Bills.

Darnold, drafted third overall, one-upped Allen in their first meeting as AFC East rivals by rallying the Jets to a 27-23 win Sunday.

"As a kid, you dream of converting two-minute drives and going down there and scoring," Darnold said. "To be able to score a touchdown and put the ball in their hands at the end of the game was awesome."

Allen, drafted seventh overall, was left dejected in a game he outran, out-passed and ultimately out-turnovered Darnold.

"I've got to be smarter with the football," said Allen, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. His fumble and first interception led to the Jets kicking two field goals.

His second interception sealed the loss with 59 seconds left, when he was picked off by Trumaine Johnson at Buffalo's 45.

Running back Elijah McGuire scored on a fourth-and-goal run from the 1 with 1:17 remaining to cap a drive during which Darnold completed three of five passes for 52 yards. The rookie quarterback particularly showed off his deft touch on a 37-yard pass to Robby Anderson, who made an over-the-shoulder catch up the right sideline.

Darnold finished 16 of 24 for 170 yards with a 7-yard touchdown to Anderson and an interception in his first start since missing three with a strained right foot. Aside from shaking off the rust, Darnold also overcame a scare in the first quarter when he left for one series after hurting the same foot.

Darnold was cleared to return after having the injury examined.

The Jets (4-9) snapped a six-game losing streak, and bounced back a week after squandering a 16-0 lead in a 26-22 loss at Tennessee.

The Jets won when embattled coach Todd Bowles elected to gamble after Darnold was stopped at the 1 on third-and-goal from the 4.

McGuire scored by taking a handoff and running to his right before finding a crease to squeeze his way into the end zone. He finished with 60 yards and was playing in place of starter Isaiah Crowell, who left with a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

"No decision whatsoever. We came up here to win the game," Bowles said on deciding to go for the touchdown. "I'm just happy for them. ... To see them smile makes me smile."

Buffalo dropped to 4-9.

Allen went 18 of 36 for 206 yards and scored on a 6-yard run. He also had 101 yards rushing to become just the second quarterback in NFL history to top 90 yards in three consecutive games, joining Tobin Rote, who did that with Green Bay in 1951.

Allen didn't care much for the feat, and wasn't in the mood to discuss the matchup with Darnold. The two became friends while spending the pre-draft process working out with each other.

"I mean, it was cool," Allen said. "But, I'm playing against their defense, and we just didn't make as many plays as we needed to."

Buffalo squandered a 14-3 lead, and was undone by a special teams unit that allowed Andre Roberts to return five kickoffs for 176 yards. Roberts' 86-yard return set up Trenton Cannon's 4-yard run, which cut Buffalo's lead to 17-13 with 6:31 left in the second quarter.

It was the first touchdown scored by the Jets' offense in 24 possessions, dating to the first quarter of a 27-13 loss to New England two weeks ago.

The Jets' special teams also blocked Stephen Hauschka's 49-yard field-goal attempt at the end of the first half.

New York trailed until Darnold capped an 11-play, 85-yard drive by hitting Anderson for a 7-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 20 with 12:06 left.

The Bills responded with Hauschka hitting a 36-yard field goal with 2:31 remaining.

Allen scored on a 7-yard run and Isaiah McKenzie also scored on a 15-yard run.

BANGED UP BILLS

Buffalo was down to third-string running back Marcus Murphy after LeSean McCoy was sidelined by a hamstring injury in the first quarter and Chris Ivory hurt his ankle in the third quarter. Starting linebacker Matt Milano was carted off the field after getting his leg tangled while stopping Darnold at the goal line. Coach Sean McDermott provided no updates on his injured players.

CATCHING ON

Bills undrafted rookie Robert Foster had 104 yards receiving in his first career start after the Bills released Kelvin Benjamin on Tuesday. Foster now has two 100-yard outings, both of them coming against the Jets. He had 105 yards receiving in a 41-10 win at the Meadowlands on Nov. 11.

LEE SUSPENDED

Jets linebacker Darron Lee served the first game of a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "A great disappointment," Bowles said. "He made a big mistake and only time will tell whether he will learn from it or not."

UP NEXT

Jets: Host Houston on Saturday.

Bills: Close their non-conference schedule by hosting Detroit on Dec. 16.

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Passing

NYJ Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. McCown 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6 0
S. Darnold 24 16 66.7 1 170 37 1 83.7 0
BUF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
Z. Jones 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6 0
J. Allen 36 18 50.0 0 206 38 2 44.4 3

Rushing

NYJ Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. McGuire 17 60 3.5 34 1
S. Darnold 4 10 2.5 9 0
BUF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Allen 9 101 11.2 31 1
C. Ivory 12 42 3.5 15 0

Receiving

NYJ Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Anderson 4 76 19.0 37 1
E. McGuire 3 23 7.7 11 0
BUF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Foster 7 104 14.9 38 0
I. McKenzie 4 47 11.8 19 0

Team Stats Comparison

NYJ BUF
Points For 27 23
Total Yards 248 368
Rushing Yards 78 176
Passing Yards 170 192
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/25 18/37
Turnovers 2 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/1
First Downs 15 24
Rushing Touchdowns 2 2
Passing Touchdowns 1 0
Penalties - Yards 7/93 7/47
Time Of Possession 26:13 33:47
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/13 7/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 3/4 2/5
Sacks Against 0 3
Punts - Average Yards 3/40 1/40
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 0/0 1/4
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 6/31 5/20

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NYJ BUF
BUF 5:48 TD Josh Allen 6 yd run (Stephen Hauschka kick) 0 7
NYJ 10:26 FG Jason Myers 47 yd FG 3 7
BUF 13:53 TD Isaiah McKenzie 15 yd run (Stephen Hauschka kick) 3 14
2nd Quarter NYJ BUF
NYJ 3:50 FG Jason Myers 21 yd FG 6 14
BUF 7:46 FG Stephen Hauschka 31 yd FG 6 17
NYJ 8:29 TD Trenton Cannon 4 yd run (Jason Myers kick) 13 17
3rd Quarter NYJ BUF
BUF 1:38 FG Stephen Hauschka 29 yd FG 13 20
4th Quarter NYJ BUF
NYJ 2:54 TD Robby Anderson 7 yd pass from Sam Darnold (Jason Myers kick) 20 20
BUF 12:29 FG Stephen Hauschka 36 yd FG 20 23
NYJ 13:43 TD Elijah McGuire 1 yd run (Jason Myers kick) 27 23

Game Information

Stadium: New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York
Attendance: 59,119
Game Time: 3:12
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