EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Ugly. Sloppy. And, Rex Ryan will take it.
The New York Jets overcame a team-record 20 penalties and hung on to beat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 on Sunday as Geno Smith outplayed EJ Manuel in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks drafted in April.
“I love the fact that our team found a way to win,” Ryan said. “Take away all the other stuff. We persevered and we won. That’s really encouraging to me. That tells you about the fight and spirit of this football team.
“And that’s what I’m most proud of.”
Even if it was far from the prettiest of victories for the Jets (2-1), who became the first team to get called for that many penalties and win since the Browns beat the Bears in 1951 despite being penalized 21 times. They did it with Smith’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter that stood as the winning score.
“We were able to get the game to 20-20,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said, “but then we were not able to make the plays to get us over the hump.”
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