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Bills vs. Jets, NFL Week 17: Score, Updates, Analysis & More

The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their 2012 season with a 28-9 win over the New York Jets. Read through all of our game day coverage right here in this StoryStream.

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Bills beat Jets 28-9, finish 6-10

With rumors of organizational changes swirling, Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills finally managed to beat Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, closing their season at 6-10 with a 28-9 victory.


Wildcat TD puts Bills up 21-9 on Jets

The Buffalo Bills have taken a commanding 21-9 lead on the New York Jets in the fourth quarter of today's season finale, and they did it by taking a page out of Tony Sparano's purported play book for Tim Tebow: Brad Smith scored on a four-yard run out of the Wildcat formation.

Smith's touchdown capped off a seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive keyed by a gorgeous 37-yard reception from Stevie Johnson. In making that catch, Johnson surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for a third consecutive season; he's the first Bills receiver in team history to reach that achievement.

Buffalo's third score came after the conclusion of an ugly third quarter that featured three missed field goals. Two of those came off of the right foot of Rian Lindell, who missed first from 50 yards out, then from 46 after a Mark Sanchez fumble was recovered by Nigel Bradham. Prior to that, Nick Folk had a short field goal blocked by Marcell Dareus; that kick would've made it 14-12 Buffalo.

Instead, the Bills have a two-score lead against a terrible Jets offense with just under 11 minutes remaining. They have a very good chance of finishing 6-10 for a second straight year.


Bills/Jets live chat, second half

The New York Jets are dominating the Buffalo Bills, but big plays from Bryan Scott and C.J. Spiller have the Bills ahead 14-9 at halftime.


66-yard Spiller TD: BUF 14, NYJ 9

When Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller touches the football, good things happen. This is not a lesson that Chan Gailey has learned particularly well this season, but everyone else knows it.

Trailing 9-7 in the second quarter of today's game against the New York Jets, facing a 3rd and 10 while getting utterly dominated, Spiller caught a short screen pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick and promptly took it 66 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. Buffalo has the lead back, as they're up 14-9 with roughly three minutes remaining in the first half.

Spiller has four carries for 15 yards in the contest, and this lengthy touchdown pass won't help him in his bid to break Jim Brown's 49-year old record for the highest single season yards-per-rush average in NFL history. It's Spiller's second receiving touchdown of the season; he had a score on a screen pass in a Week 3 win over Cleveland, as well.

New York has dominated this game for a half, but two big plays - one from Bryan Scott, and now one from Spiller - has Buffalo out in front.


Jets dominating Bills, but lead only 9-7

The New York Jets have grabbed a 9-7 lead on the Buffalo Bills after Nick Folk connected on a 28-yard field goal for his third successful try of the game. Here are a few notes worth pointing out at this point:

  • The Jets got a 40-yard passing play to Bilal Powell to convert a third down, but the play was nullified by an Austin Howard holding penalty. On the next play, on a 3rd-and-16, Mark Sanchez hit Jeremy Kerley on a short swing pass that Kerley took 40 yards for a first down. That's a very Bills thing that happened right there.
  • The Jets have run 36 plays on offense thus far today, while the Bills have nine. New York has run the football 25 times for 122 yards, and obviously have a massive advantage in time of possession, as well.
  • It doesn't really look like either team is particularly interested in winning this football game. That's particularly true of the Bills, who have been awful all day save for one big play from Bryan Scott.

Megahand not mega enough; Bills lead Jets 7-6

For the first time this season, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Alex Carrington - dubbed "Megahand" by teammate Stevie Johnson for his propensity to block field goals - got his hand on a kick that made it through the uprights. The New York Jets cut Buffalo's lead to 7-6 on a 23-yard Nick Folk field goal that counts despite the fact that Carrington got a paw on it.

New York was able to get deep into the red zone thanks, once again, to its running game. The Jets are running all over the Bills thus far; with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Jets already have 90 rushing yards on 20 attempts. They may not pass the ball again all day, considering how poorly Mark Sanchez has played to this point.

Buffalo has since gone three-and-out offensively, so the Jets have the ball once again looking to re-claim the lead they gave up when Sanchez hit Bills linebacker Bryan Scott for a 20-yard touchdown.


Bills lead 7-3 after Bryan Scott pick-six

Mark Sanchez missed a wide open Braylon Edwards to stall out the New York Jets' first drive in today's regular season finale against the Buffalo Bills. Then, on the Jets' second drive of the game - holding a 3-0 lead - he served up a Bills touchdown on a silver platter.

Sanchez, who is now 1-of-4 for three yards with an interception in this contest, threw a ball directly into the arms of Bryan Scott, who raced 20 yards into the end zone unencumbered to give the Bills a 7-3 lead. It's Scott's fourth interception of the season, half of which have come against the Jets' embattled benched starter turned starter.

Of course, a very large contingent of Bills fans is likely upset by this development, as the Bills stand to pick in or very near the Top 5 of the 2013 NFL Draft if they lose today's game. Instead, they've grabbed an early lead, and the sardonic humor is likely to fly fast and feverishly this afternoon if this keeps up.


Jets run to early 3-0 lead

If you've happened to catch any of the last five football games between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills, the opening drive of today's regular season finale was a familiar sight: the Jets ran the ball down the Bills' throats en route to early points.

On a 12-play, 47-yard scoring drive, the Jets ran the ball for all 47 of those yards. Shonn Greene carried five times for 26 yards, and Bilal Powell added 14 yards on three carries. The drive ate up a healthy six minutes of game clock, and only stalled when Mark Sanchez missed a wide open Braylon Edwards on a pass that, had it been on target, would have easily converted a third down.

Buffalo comes into Week 17 with the NFL's worst run defense, surrendering 146.7 yards per game. The Jets are custom-built to exploit that weakness, and did exactly that in taking the early 3-0 lead after Nick Folk kicked a 47-yard field goal.


Bills/Jets live chat, first half

Blacked out Buffalo Bills fans discuss the events of the first half of today's regular season finale against the New York Jets. Won't you join us?


Bills vs. Jets: pre-game links

The Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets in a largely meaningless game today. Get ready by reading these links.


Five questions for the Bills/Jets finale

On the field of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 17, it's all about C.J. Spiller. Off of it, things are much more interesting (and potentially tumultuous) for the Buffalo Bills.

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