Wilson and Jets defense stun Allen and Bills in 20-17 win

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) — The Jets defense stopped Josh Allen, Zach Wilson threw a touchdown pass and Greg Zuerlein threw a 28-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining to carry New York to a stunning 20-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

With the game tied at 17, the Jets got the ball at 4 and 7:53 to go – and they hit the ground running.

After walking downfield to the Bills 18 on eight straight plays against a tired Buffalo defense, Wilson connected with Denzel Mims for 12 yards on third-and-five. But practice stopped when Wilson was sacked by Damar Hamlin on third down and the Jets settled for Zuerlein’s field goal.

Allen got the ball with a chance to tie or win, but couldn’t handle much against the Jets (6-3). A hold call on Dion Dawkins wiped out a long pass to Stefon Diggs. Two games later, Bryce Huff had an Allen strip-sack that Buffalo picked up when he turned 14.

After an incompleteness at Diggs, Allen threw a deep desperation pass to Gabe Davis – but rookie Sauce Gardner knocked the ball down and sealed the Jets’ unlikely victory. It also ended the Bills’ four-game winning streak.

New York enters its bye week break just half a game behind the AFC East-leading Buffalo (6-2). The Jets even overcame a brief delay in the second half when an overhead camera malfunctioned.

“It only happens to the Jets,” said smiling coach Robert Saleh.

Wilson went 18 of 25 for 154 yards and a touchdown pass to James Robinson, who scored for the first time since being acquired last week from Jacksonville. Michael Carter had a 6-yard touchdown run.

But the defense did their job against Allen, intercepting him twice and sacking him five times. Allen was 18 of 34 for 205 and the INTs of Gardner and Jordan Whitehead. He also ran for two touchdowns.

Wilson and the Jets offense were walking down the field during their first second-half practice when a SkyCam camera went out of control and delayed play on the field for 12 minutes until an operator camera can correlate it.

The teams resumed play, but the Jets were immediately called for a false start penalty. Three plays later, Wilson was sacked by Von Miller and his fumble was picked up by AJ Epenesa to give the ball to Buffalo.

The sack gave Miller 122 1/2 for his career, passing Simeon Rice (122) for 20th on the NFL roster.

But then the New York defense stiffened, with Quinnen Williams sacking Allen, then Gardner offering an interception to give the ball back to the Jets at the Bills 19. Wilson’s 7-yard pass to Robinson put the Jets ahead 17- 14 with 4:03 left in the third quarter.

Tyler Bass’ 51-yard field goal tied Buffalo with 13:33 left.

After Allen was intercepted by Whitehead on the Bills’ third play after scrimmage, Buffalo converted three third plays on their next drive, including an 11-yard run by Allen that was initially ruled a touchdown before the Video review only shows he was just short of the goal line. On the next play, the Bills quarterback pushed forward to give Buffalo a 7-0 lead.

Allen’s second touchdown came with 6:30 left in the first half on a 36-yard rush – the longest touchdown run of his career.

Coming off the two-minute warning, Wilson hit CJ Uzomah for 5 yards on fourth-and-1 to put the Jets to the Bills 27. Three plays later, Carter made a 10-yard catch and followed it up with a run 6 yards. down the middle to cut New York’s deficit to 14-10.

The Bills had a chance to add to their lead, but Bass’ 55-yard attempt went wide just as time expired in the half.

INJURIES

Bills: Edge rusher Greg Rousseau left in the first half with an ankle injury. … CB Kaiir Elam injured his ankle in the third quarter. … CB Tre’Davious White was activated from injured reserve this week and did not appear on Buffalo’s injury report, but was inactive. … LB Matt Milano (oblique) has left after being questionable.

Jets: DT Sheldon Rankins hurt his elbow in the first quarter and didn’t return.

NEXT

Bills: Go home to face the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday.

Jets: Head into their week-long hiatus before a rematch with rivals the AFC East Patriots in New England on Nov. 20.

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