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January 2, 2013

Bills Ground the Jets

Buffalo closes out another losing season with a win.

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The Bills (6-10) snapped a three-game skid, but still finished fourth in the AFC East for a fifth straight time while extending their postseason drought to 13 years.
In three seasons under Gailey, they’re 16-32 and 7-18 in their last 25 games since getting off to a surprising 5-2 start last year.
“There’s going to be change, and we all know that,” said Stevie Johnson, who finished with 111 yards receiving in becoming the first Bills player to surpass 1,000 yards in three straight years.
C.J. Spiller had 59 yards rushing and scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the second quarter on a 66-yard catch and run. Brad Smith scored on a 4-yard run, and Tashard Choice on 13-yard run for the Bills, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Jets.
Scott’s interception was the first of two turnovers forced by a defense that had gone three games without one. And Buffalo limited the Jets’ popgun attack to three field goals.
That was enough to cue the latest chorus of Sanchez’s critics, and raise questions as to whether the 2009 first-round draft pick has worn out his welcome.
“We just didn’t execute, and it starts with the quarterback,” Sanchez said. “I have to be better. When you’re inconsistent, it’s tough to win in this league.”
Sanchez went 17 of 35 for 205 yards, while throwing his 18th interception and also losing a fumble. That was reminiscent of his last start, two weeks ago, when he turned the ball over five times in a 14-10 loss at Tennessee.
The Jets trailed 14-9 at the half despite gaining more yards than Buffalo (204-132), getting more first downs (13-4) and holding a whopping edge in time of possession (23:15-6:45).
Sanchez was supposed to be on the bench on Sunday, and only got the start after third-stringer Greg McElroy complained of concussion-like symptoms on Thursday.

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