Facing a superb Bills run defense, the Jets needed Chad Pennington to win this game through the air, and he did just that. He had the most completions of his career with 31. With Santana Moss and Justin McCareins being covered tightly, Pennington did a good job utilizing No. 3 wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, who finished with eight catches. Pennington had a lot of success rolling to his right, like on two plays on the Jets¹ first touchdown drive. He rolled right and hit Chrebet for a gain of 16 yards. A few plays later he rolled out right again and hit Chris Baker for a touchdown. Pennington had a pretty play-action fake late in the second quarter, when he faked a handoff left and rolled right to hit Baker for 17. On the next play, he hit Moss for 41 yards. Pennington had two bad passes of note. He overthrew Curtis Martin as he was being sacked in the fourth quarter, and the pass wasintercepted by LB Jeff Posey. Then he overthrew Jerald Sowell in the seam on the final drive on a play that could have been a score. Pennington was very resourceful. As he was being sacked by DE Chris Kelsay, he flipped to Martin for a gain of 5 early in the game. Late in the game, he hit Sowell as he was being sacked.
Curtis Martin rushed 22 times for a hard-fought 77 yards. He took a beating from the Bills¹ talented front seven.
Martin broke a tackle on DT Pat Williams on his first carry, making a 2-yard gain into 7 yards. Martin was called for holding picking up a cornerback blitz by Terrence McGee on the Jets¹ first drive. Martin did his best rushing on the last drive of the first half, when he gained 30 yards on five carries.
Jerald Sowell broke the tackle of LB Takeo Spikes, leaving his shoe behind, on a key fourth-quarter reception for 10 yards on the game-winning drive.
Sowell finished with seven catches.
Anthony Becht didn¹t sustain his block well on Curtis Martin¹s second carry of the game that went for no gain off tackle, but played a terrific game after that. On the first drive, he took a quick out 9 yards. Becht had a great block on DE Chris Kelsay, driving him back several yards on Martin¹s gain of 11 off tackle in the third quarter. Becht had a beautiful diving catch on a pass late, beating S Pierson Prioleau on the play for a gain of 11.
Chris Baker hurdled CB Terrence McGee running after a catch on a gain of 17 yards in the second quarter. A few plays later, he had a 15-yard reception, but CB Nate Clements forced a fumble from behind, recovered by the Bills. Baker had a drop in the third quarter.
The Jets¹ top four receivers all made key plays. Justin McCareins beat CB Terrence McGee on a slant for 15 yards on the Jets¹ first pass. Then he beat LB London Fletcher for a gain of 17 on the game-winning drive.
On the Jets¹ first drive, Santana Moss took a reverse 8 yards to convert a third down. A few plays later, he got behind CB Nate Clements for a gain of 21. Moss found a big hole in the Bills secondary for a second-quarter gain of 41. He had a brilliant move on S Pierson Prioleau in the open field to help gain the final 20 yards of the play. Moss drew a pass interference penalty on Prioleau in the end zone in the second quarter, setting up the Jets¹ first score. He short-armed a quick slant in the second quarter that fell incomplete.
Wayne Chrebet had a terrific game. He beat Fletcher on a square out on third down for a gain of 9 in the second quarter. A few plays later he beat McGee for a gain of 16. Chrebet found a hole in the Bills secondary for a gain of 27 in the third quarter. Chrebet beat McGee for a gain of 11 at the beginning of the fourth quarter and again for a key third-down reception on the Jets¹ last drive.
Jonathan Carter was called for a false start in the second quarter. Carter showed a lot of guts on a third-quarter quick slant. He was crushed by S Rashad Baker, but held on or a gain of 13.
The offensive line had an inconsistent game. Chad Pennington was sacked twice, and pressured on a number of occasions. DE Chris Kelsay split the blocks of Kareem McKenzie and Brandon Moore to sack Pennington on the first drive. A few plays later DE Aaron Schobel beat Moore to stop Curtis Martin for a loss of 2.
Jonathan Goodwin, filling in after Moore pulled a hamstring, gave up a QB pressure to DT Ron Edwards in the second quarter. Goodwin got better as the game progressed.
Kevin Mawae had a nice block up the middle on Edwards on a gain of 6 at the end of the half. Mawae did a good job pulling on a third-quarter Martin sweep that gained 11.
Schobel beat Jason Fabini for a third-quarter sack.