While Pittsburgh became the final team to punch their playoff ticket, there was plenty still on the line as the season concluded with every team in action.
I think the experience that I gained this year and the developmental part of that, I think that's going to grow and continue to grow.
"I've got a lot of friends over there, and I want them to be successful", Ryan said. "I have no emotion". But that's not it. I wish that team was going in somebody's place. "I don't really want to live with the hypotheticals, but I had a lot of fun this year".
Sammy Watkins hauled in 11 receptions for 136 yards against talented Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis to lead the way for the Buffalo offense.
Chris Ivory Will Not Be a Jet - Despite the first 1,000 yard rushing season of his career, Ivory still was disappointing for stretches of this season. A humiliating loss in a situation where they controlled their own playoff destiny will do that to you. "There's still football that has got to be played". "We weren't able to pull it off and my heart hurts so bad right now for all those guys in the locker room". "Just get on the bus and reflect a little bit".
When asked an innocuous question about whether the defense's performance on Sunday - Buffalo logged three fourth-quarter interceptions and held the Jets to 3-of-11 on third down - and if that was what he envisioned when he took the job, Ryan nearly sneered, "I don't know ... you guys know me, I have a awful resume as a defensive coach".
"It's tough", Fitzpatrick said.
"Wherever we play, we play", Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.
Buffalo won despite an injury-depleted lineup.
Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled mightily without his safety valve, as the outstanding play we saw the last five weeks was nowhere to be found today.
"We knew this was going to be a fight and they were going to give us their best shot", Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said.
Taylor completed 18 of 28 passes for 182 yards and ran for an 18-yard touchdown in his first game that was played in what could truly be considered "Buffalo" weather. The Bills scored two touchdowns in eight minutes to take a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.
In his second year with the Bills, Schmidt set the team record by finishing the season with a net punting average of 41.3 yards.
Now with one season under his belt with the Bills, and after falling short of his latest preseason playoff guarantee, Ryan gained a small feel-good victory Sunday when his current team, already denied a winning season and playing only for Ryan's redemption, keep his former out of the playoffs.
Fitzpatrick started the fourth quarter having his 14-yard pass intended for Eric Decker in the end zone intercepted by Leodis McKelvin. Carpenter kicked his third field goal of the game from 42 yards out to put the Bills up 22-17 with 3:49 remaining. The Jets may not get a chance like this again for a long, long time considering the individual seasons produced by some of their players. It was the fifth straight year Rex contributed to the Jets missing the playoffs - four times as their head coach and another this year while coaching against them. But it's...there's a lot of teams that'll mail it in.