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Not pretty, but still undefeated

By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
October 10th, 2004

Jets K Doug Brien made the game winning 38 yard field goal with 58 seconds left as the Jets defeated Buffalo 16-14 to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2000.

Jets K Doug Brien made the game winning 38 yard field goal with 58 seconds left as the Jets defeated Buffalo 16-14 to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2000.

“We said ‘Let’s try to get it inside the 25,’” Brien said about his conversation with Edwards before the kick. “That was going to be a real tough kick. That ball I hit, I don’t know if it goes in from 43 yards. I don’t know if it had five yards. It was definitely a makeable kick. It was just going to be a tough one.”

The Jets easily could have went in a chaotic state after allowing the Bills to score two touchdowns within a three minute span in the fourth quarter as the Bills went up 14-13.

But the Jets responded with an 11-play, 60-yard drive that took five minutes off the clock and was capped off by Brien’s game winning field goal.

It was redemption for Brien who missed a 29-yard field goal wide left on the Jets first possession of the game.

The Jets got on the board first with 7:55 left in the second quarter when QB Chad Pennington found TE Chris Baker wide open in the end zone for a one-yard score. Brien’s extra point sailed through the up rights and the Jets led 7-0. The Jets were helped out by three Bills penalties, including a defensive pass interference on Bills SS Pierson Prioleau on 1st and 5 from the Bills 36. The ball was moved all the way down to the one-yard line.

With 2:05 left in the second quarter, the Jets got the ball at their own 28 yard line with two timeouts. After poor clock management, the Jets settled for a 37-yard field goal by Brien and went into the locker room up 10-0.

The only scoring in the third quarter came on Brien’s 33-yard field goal that put the Jets up 13-0.

It was the fourth quarter where the dramatics began. On 1st and 10 from the Bills 30 and 12:30 left in the game, Pennington tried to force a pass as he was falling down that was intercepted by Bills LB James Posey.

The Bills converted off the turnover as Bills QB Drew Bledsoe found TE Mark Campbell in the end zone for a 16 yard score. Ryan Lindell’s extra point made the score 13-7.

On their ensuing possession, the Jets went three and out. Two plays later, Bledsoe hooked up with WR Lee Evans for a 46 yard touchdown. After Lindell’s extra point, the Bills took a 14-13 lead.

Lindell’s kickoff soared into the end zone for a touchback and the Jets took over at their own 20 with 5:58 left. Pennington found his receivers seven times during the drive. On 3rd and 4 from the Bills 21, FB Jerald Sowell caught Pennington’s pass for one yard. Pennington completed 31 of 42 passes for 304 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Jets called their second timeout and with 1:03 left in the game, Brien and the field goal unit came onto the field to attempt a 38 yard field goal.

The sell-out crowd at the Meadowlands held their breath as Brien’s kick just cleared the uprights, giving the Jets a 16-14 lead. Brien talked about what went through his mind during the kick.

“When you’re successful, absolutely nothing,” Brien said. “You have to go out there and kick it like you’re kicking in your backyard. Herm talked to us on Saturday about remembering what it was like to play when we were kids. I thought back to kicking soccer balls into a net in my backyard.”

Pennington talked about the key to the last drive.

“Our whole team stayed calm,” Pennington said. “We knew we had success moving the football and stuck to the game plan.”

After a 21 yard kickoff return by the always dangerous Terrence McGee to his own 35, the Bills offense marched onto the field with 58 seconds left and one timeout.

On the first play, WE John Abraham penetrated the line and sacked Bledsoe for a three yard loss. Abraham finished the day with six sacks. Abraham talked about the reason the Bills were able to get back into the game.

“We got too relaxed after the first half,” Abraham said.

On 2nd and 13 from his own 32, Bledsoe found WR Bobby Shaw for a 16 yard gain. The Bills let the clock run down to 15 seconds before Bledsoe spiked the ball stopping the clock. On 2nd and 10 from his own 48, Bledsoe’s pass was incomplete to Shaw. The Bills called their final timeout with two seconds left on the clock. Bledsoe attempted a hail mary pass on the game’s final play but it was picked off by Jets CB Terrell Buckley as the Jets escaped with the victory.

After the game, Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards gave credit to the Bills. “They played us very competitively and very tough,” Edwards said. “We made some plays at the end to hold them off.”

On Wednesday, Edwards gave his players cards that read “If your scared to be 4-0, call the police.” Well none of the Jets did and now the team remains undefeated.

Edwards said the goal for this week is continue to get better as the Jets prepare for San Francisco.

MICELANEOUS GAME TIDBITS:The eight players inactive for today’s game were: QB Brooks Bollinger, FS Derek Pagel, CB Derrick Strait, LB Mark Brown, LB Sam Cowart, C Drew Caylor, T Marco Cavka, and T Adrian Jones…Today’s game was Breast Cancer Awareness Day…John Abraham 3 sacks put him in sole possession of eighth place on the Jets all-time sack list….Curtis Martin passed Franco Harris for 9th place on the All-Time Rushing List…Edwards said RG Brandon Moore was the only player injured as Moore had to leave the game with a hamstring injury. Brent Smith came into the game in Moore’s place…WR Wayne Chrebet had an outstanding day with eight catches for 90 yards. Chrebet, who missed most of last season with post-concussion syndrome talked about what today meant. “I came back to have that feeling and I do whatever I can to contribute.”…Rookie LB Jonathan Vilma had his first career sack….The Jets held Bills RB Travis Henry to 33 yards on 12 carries. It was quite a contrast from the last time the teams met when Henry ran for 169 yards…

The Jets host their second straight home game when they welcome the San Francisco 49ers to the Meadowlands next week for a 1 p.m. game. The Niners are coming off a win against the Cardinals today. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest information.

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