On third and 6 from the 29-yard line, Calvin Pace bullied his way en route to Bills quarterback Brian Brohm, deflecting the pass into the hands of Jets defensive back Marquice Cole. The Jets cornerback would jet 35 yards down the sideline for six points; capping the interception return with an emphatic dive towards the pile on. Cole's defensive score halted a 10 game scoring drought for New York's defense. Dwight Lowery's pick six in the closing moments of Gang Green's Week 5 matchup with Minnesota marked the last score tallied by the Jets defensive unit. New York's second teamers served as the catalyst with running back Joe McKnight gashing Buffalo's last ranked run defense, while defensive back Marquis Cole's two interceptions provided a spark for Gang Green's defensive unit.
On third and 5 from the Jets 38-yard line, quarterback Mark Brunell telegraphed a pass in the flat intended for running back Joe McKnight, with Bills cornerback Jairus Byrd jumping the route for a 37 yard interception turned touchdown. Brunell stared down McKnight, locking in on the Jets rookie running back making way for Byrd's return for a score, which narrowed New York's lead to 17-7.
New York quarterback Mark Brunell connected with wide out Santonio Holmes for a 17 yard touchdown just 22 seconds before the end of the first half; netting the well-seasoned quarterback his first touchdown pass since 2006.
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On New York's opening possession, Wildcat quarterback Brad Smith took the snap on third and 16 from his own 18 yard-line; galloping forty yards all the way down to Buffalo's 42 yard-line. Smith's first touch on the day set the tone for the game as New York leaned heavily on their ground and pound attack putting the kibosh on Buffalo's anemic run defense.
"We have 11 wins in the regular season, that's hard to accomplish," head coach Rex Ryan said. "We're fresh, we're healthy heading in there. We have two backs that are fresh. We have a quarterback that's ready and he's had experience. We have some top notch receivers and both of them play better in big games. I'm excited to see this team play in the playoffs. We have no excuses, not one excuse. We are ready to go do what we set out to do. If somebody's going to beat us, they must be really good."
In a contest that showcased New York's bench, the Jets dominated the Bills starting squad. Rookie tailback Joe McKnight topped the century mark on the ground with 40 year old Mark Brunell slinging two touchdown passes on the afternoon. The Jets decisive victory provided Gang Green with a much needed confidence boost as they embark on their playoff push. Sunday's win over Buffalo lifted New York to 11-5; their best record since 1998.