Bills beat Jets on Ryan’s re­turn

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NEW YORK: Rex Ryan’s home­com­ing was a vic­to­ri­ous onebarely. The Buf­falo Bills raced out to a 19-point third quar­ter lead on Thurs­day be­fore with­stand­ing a fu­ri­ous rally by the New York Jets to hang on for a 22-17 vic­tory at MetLife Sta­dium. The Bills won their sec­ond in a row to im­prove to 5-4 and moved into the thick of the AFC wild card pic­ture in their first year un­der Ryan, who coached the Jets from 2009-14. The Jets (5-4) have lost three of four.

The Bills led 12-3 at the half and ex­tended the lead to 22-3 in the first seven min­utes of the third quar­ter when quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor threw a 26-yard touch­down pass to run­ning back Kar­los Wil­liams and kicker Dan Car­pen­ter booted a 29-yard field goal. But the Jets pulled within five on a pair of touch­down passes by quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick-a 14-yarder to Bran­don Mar­shall late in the third quar­ter and a 31-yarder to Eric Decker mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. The Bills went three-and-out on their next pos­ses­sion and pre­pared to punt from their own 28-yard-line. But punter Colton Schmidt dropped the snap and was swal­lowed up by sev­eral Jets as he re­cov­ered it at the Bills’ 13-yard-line with 5:12 left. But the Jets could not take ad­van­tage. Run­ning back Chris Ivory gained eight yards on first down be­fore los­ing a yard on sec­ond down. A short pass to Decker lost a yard on third down and Fitz­patrick’s fourth down pass into the end zone sailed over the head of tight end Kellen Davis. The Bills punted with less than a minute left, but Fitz­patrick’s next pass was picked off. Ryan re­sponded by pump­ing his fist so hard his hat fell off.

Run­ning back LeSean McCoy gained 112 yards on 19 car­ries for the Bills. Fitz­patrick was 15-of-34 for 193 yards, two touch­downs and two in­ter­cep­tions.Ryan jogged out of the tun­nel at to a cho­rus of boos from a sparse, latear­riv­ing crowd just priot to kick­off. The boos grew a lit­tle louder a few min­utes later, when the cap­tains-in­clud­ing Bills line­backer IK Enemk­pali, who was re­leased by the Jets af­ter slug­ging quar­ter­back Geno Smith in a locker room al­ter­ca­tion Aug. 12 — went to mid­field for the coin toss.

The Jets and Bills then went out and played the type of slug­gish, of­fen­sively-chal­lenged game that only Ryan could love. The two teams com­bined for 12 first half pos­ses­sions, only two of which yielded more than one first down. The Jets took a 3-0 lead when new kicker Randy Bul­lock capped a 10-play, 76-yard drive by boot­ing a 29yard field goal with 4:01 left in the first quar­ter.

The Bills took the lead by scor­ing nine points in nine sec­onds late in the sec­ond quar­ter. A 47-yard field goal by Car­pen­ter tied the game with 5:47 re­main­ing. Jets wide re­ceiver Devin Smith fum­bled the sub­se­quent kick­off and safety Duke Wil­liams picked up the ball and raced un­touched into the end zone for a 19-yard touch­down. Car­pen­ter’s 41-yard field goal with three sec­onds left ex­tended the lead to 12-3. —Reuters

EAST RUTHER­FORD: Buf­falo Bills run­ning back Kar­los Wil­liams makes a touch­down catch against the New York Jets dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game, Thurs­day, in East Ruther­ford, NJ. —AP

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