Of all the teams and places the New York Jets could have their hopes for the playoffs spoiled, the worst was Rex Ryan’s Bills in Buffalo.
One year after the Jets fired Ryan, the Buffalo Bills head coach got his revenge by ending the hopes of the Jets of reaching the postseason for the first time in five seasons.
Then of course, there was the sad tale of Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Harvard grad was bidding to make the postseason for just the first time in his career that has now spanned 11 seasons. His bid however, fell apart in his first game back in Buffalo since the Bills cut him three seasons ago.
It ended in huge disappointment for the Jets in a 22-17 defeat at the hands of Buffalo who already was out of any postseason race for the 16th consecutive season.
Following the game, Fitzpatrick said it was difficult to put into words. He described it as the most difficult and hardest end to any one season he has played.
After throwing only one interception during his past five games, which were all victories, Fitzpatrick threw an interception in each of New York’s final three possessions.
New York finished the season 10-6. The Jets needed to win to clinch the final wildcard berth in the AFC. A loss and a Pittsburgh loss to Cleveland would have given the Jets backdoor entrance to the postseason. However, that was not to be as Pittsburgh defeated Cleveland 28-12 shortly after the final whistle in the Jets game.
As disappointed as the Jets were, the Bills were just the opposite. Ending the season 8-8, Buffalo showed resilience in being able to overcome multiple injuries to key players during the season.
Ryan said that he has many friends on the Jets roster but did not want the team to be successful at his expense.
The Jets were in the game until the final series. Driving for a possible winning score with time running out Fitzpatrick threw a pass over the middle, which was intercepted by A.J. Tarpley for the Bills to end the game and the season for the Jets.