The 2019 season is behind us, but the stories live on. Every week brought a different narrative and we look back on the season to tell those stories through the plays that defined the game. Sit back and get ready for the tale of Week 17:
In an all-too-familiar ending to the regular season, the Buffalo Bills had a meaningless Week 17 game. In a not-so-familiar twist, it was because they had already clinched a playoff spot and the results of their game against the Jets didn’t have a whole to do with seeding. Happy throngs of fans ready for the post season piled into a rainy stadium to cheer on the backups.
Lorenzo Alexander’s last regular-season snap (Q1, 7:03)
Lorenzo Alexander played one snap earlier in the quarter and then was sent onto the field for this ceremonial appearance. In a game with no meaning to the standings, head coach Sean McDermott still found a way to make the game plenty meaningful by calling a timeout to take Alexander off the field. In a day of surprises, Alexander got to see his daughter sing the national anthem and then was pulled off the field to show appreciation for his time as a Buffalo Bill.
Josh Allen pass (Q1, 3:59)
Josh Allen wasn’t on the field for much longer than Alexander, attempting five throws in two drives. He left the field after a failed third-down conversion rather than after a timeout and it was more about keeping starters healthy for the playoffs.
Trent Murphy sack (Q2, 0:11)
Yes. The Jets won the game. However they struggled to do it. Only Trent Murphy and Ed Oliver broke 60% of playing time on defense for the usual starters. With the ability to focus blocks on fewer threats, the Jets still did a poor job containing Murphy. Two sacks, two quarterback hits and plenty of pressure made for a good day on Murphy’s part and a baffling day for the Jets’ o-line.
Stephen Hauschka field goal (Q3, 1:32)
The Buffalo Bills finally got on the board as the third quarter neared its end. With a score of three and playing mostly backups, the Bills were now tied with the Jets as the fourth quarter began. That last sentence is insane.
Isaiah McKenzie, cornerback (Q4, 3:03)
The starters were sitting and Taron Johnson was hurt late in the game. What to do? Have a depth safety or linebacker give it a whirl? Nah, the gadget receiver should be fine. Sam Darnold was so scared of Isaiah McKenzie at corner he didn’t even bother throwing a pass his way.
Which play best defines the Bills game against the Jets?
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Zo’s last dance
Josh Allen throws a pass
Trent Murphy’s big day
Isaiah McKenzie, shutdown corner