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The New York Jets’ first victory in nearly two months had a flair for the dramatics as Sam Darnold’s game-winning drive beat the Buffalo Bills.

Geoff Magliocchetti

Sam Darnold might’ve created his first signature moment as a New York Jets employee, needing just 74 seconds to lead a nine play, 61-yard drive for the win, as the team ended a six-game losing streak in style, defeating the Buffalo Bills 27-23 on the road on Sunday afternoon.

Things immediately got off to a tricky start for the Jets, who allowed the Bills to march 73 yards down the field on their opening drive. Forty-eight of those yards came from Allen, who put in the first score from six yards away.


The Jets endured a major scare, as Darnold’s return nearly ended before it began. On a botched play, Darnold took and earned a respectable gain, but took a hit that sent him back to the locker room.

While he was gone, Kevin Pierre-Lous forced a fumble, and Jamal Adams got on top of it. After a quick failed drive from Josh McCown, the Jets were able to earn only a Jason Myers field goal to make it 7-3.

The Bills responded only by growing their lead. A seven-play, 75-yard drive was capped off by Isaiah McKenzie’s 15-yard score, giving Buffalo a 14-3 lead when the first quarter let out.

With Darnold returning to the game, the Jets took advantage of some strong field position, courtesy of a strong return from Andre Roberts after the teams exchanged field goals.

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A four-yard run from Trenton Cannon was the Jets’ first offensive touchdown in over eight quarters of game-time, and served as the first touchdown of Cannon’s NFL career.

Though the Jets earned further opportunities, like a Trumaine Johnson interception of Allen, they failed to cut into the deficit further. Buffalo attempted a field goal to grow their lead at the end of the half, but Henry Anderson’s block denied them the opportunity.

A Roberts fumble put a damper on a strong special teams performance, allowing Steven Hauschka to boot a short field goal. Further disaster appeared to ensue when Darnold threw an interception to Tremaine Edmunds, the first of the latter’s career.

But with the Jets defense holding the fort, the Jets embarked on perhaps their drive of the season, an 11-play, 85-yard masterpiece. On the last play, a scrambling Darnold expanded the play and found Robby Anderson to bring about a long-awaited tie.

In the fourth, the Bills took the lead via a Hauschka field goal, giving Darnold and the Jets 2:32 to work with. In perhaps his first signature Jets moment, Darnold embarked on a nine-play, 61-yard drive that featured Robby Anderson heroics, as his 37-yard reception set the Jets up five yards away from the goal line.

When that gave way to fourth and goal at the Bills 1, the Jets went with the gutsy fourth-down call, and it paid off in the form of Elijah McGuire’s punch-in that sent the Jets into hysterics.

The game-winning Buffalo drive was not to be. On the second play of the Bills’ countereffort, Johnson earned his second interception of the day, one that sealed the deal and the Jets’ fourth win of the season.

The Jets won’t have long to celebrate this win, as they return to action on Saturday against the Houston Texans at home (4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

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