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September 22, 2013

Manuel stumbles in Buffalo loss in New Jersey

Late TD pass from Geno Smith sparks Jets over Bills, 27-20

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —

Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 69-yarder to Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter, and the New York Jets overcame a team-record 20 penalties to hang on and beat the Buffalo Bills, 27-20, Sunday.
Smith, who also ran for a score, slightly outplayed EJ Manuel in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2013 NFL draft. But this one was tough to watch with the barrage of penalties. The Jets (2-1) rolled up 158 yards in penalty yardage, and nearly gave it away against the Bills (1-2).
Capping a drive kept alive by four straight penalties on the Jets, Manuel connected with Scott Chandler for a 33-yard touchdown, then hit Stevie Johnson with a pass for 2-point conversion that tied it at 20 with 10:39 left in the game.
But Smith got the Jets right back onto the scoreboard with his big heave to Holmes, who broke away from Justin Rogers as he caught the ball and zipped into the end zone. Holmes had a career-high 154 yards receiving.
Rex Ryan lost two challenges in a span of three plays in the third quarter and it ended up hurting the Jets. Manuel scrambled for 21 yards but lost the ball when he was hit by Dawan Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett recovered. But officials ruled Manuel was down — and Ryan had no more challenges, with replays showing Manuel appeared to fumble.
New York then had a horrendous sequence of four straight penalties, three on Kyle Wilson, who was benched briefly after the last of the calls. That kept Buffalo’s offense on the field. It appeared Fred Jackson also had a fumble during the drive that the Jets recovered, but penalties also negated that and put the Bills in position to tie.
Smith, the second quarterback drafted at No. 39, finished 16 of 29 for 331 yards and also had two interceptions. Bilal Powell ran for a career-high 149 yards on 27 carries. Stephen Hill also caught a touchdown pass from Smith.

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