Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former player Dennis Byrd speaks during his jersey retirement ceremony during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Throwback Thursday: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills December 6, 1992

For this week’s edition of “Throwback Thursday”, we go back 22 years, to a performance that might have been the most inspired one in all of my years of rooting for this team.

First some background to remind everyone, and to inform some of our young readers. To the right is Dennis Byrd. One week prior to the game we are talking about, was the game that Dennis Byrd’s career ended. He and fellow defensive lineman Scott Mersereau were rushing Kansas City Chiefs’ QB Dave Krieg, and when he stepped up in the pocket, the two linemen collided. Mersereau got the better of the collision, as Byrd came away paralyzed. He has since regained the ability to walk, but obviously we didn’t know that would occur at the time.

The next week, the Jets dedicated the game to their fallen rusher. If I remember correctly, players on the defense guaranteed a win for Dennis. How were they going to come through? They were headed to Buffalo’s Rich Stadium to take on Jim Kelly and the Bills, who were on their way to an 11-5 season and another Super Bowl. The Jets were just 3-9 at the time. Despite the emotion, all points in the direction of an easy win for the Bills.

Sometimes, emotion trumps talent, and it did on this day. The teams played to a 17-17 tie in the fourth quarter. Late in the final stanza, the game was won by Dennis Byrd’s side of the ball, the defense. Brian Washington intercepted a Jim Kelly pass and brought it 23 yards to the house, to give the Jets their fourth and final win of the year, by a score of 24-17.

It was an inspired day for a team that had a lot to play for. Here’s the box score:

New York Jets 24 at Buffalo Bills 17

Sunday, December 6, 1992

1 2 3 4 Final
New York Jets (4-12-0) 3 0 14 7 24
Buffalo Bills (11-5-0) 3 7 0 7 17

 

Game Info
Stadium Rich Stadium
Start Time 1:00pm
Surface astroturf
Weather 26 degrees, relative humidity 71%, wind 22 mph, wind chill 12
Vegas Line Buffalo Bills -17.0
Over/Under 36.0 (over)


Scoring

NYJ BUF
1st Jets Cary Blanchard 41 yard field goal 3 0
Bills Steve Christie 26 yard field goal 3 3
2nd Bills Kenneth Davis 6 yard rush (Steve Christie kick) 3 10
3rd Jets Brad Baxter 1 yard rush (Cary Blanchard kick) 10 10
Jets Brad Baxter 9 yard rush (Cary Blanchard kick) 17 10
4th Bills Pete Metzelaars 1 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Steve Christie kick) 17 17
Jets Brian Washington 23 yard interception return (Cary Blanchard kick) 24 17

Team Stats

NYJ BUF
First downs 17 21
Rush-yards-TDs 34-124-2 29-147-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 14-22-176-0-1 20-36-216-1-2
Sacked-yards 3-25 1-12
Net pass yards 151 204
Total yards 275 351
Fumbles-lost 3-0 3-2
Turnovers 1 4
Penalties-yards 5-40 2-10

 

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Passing Rushing Receiving
Tm Cmp Att Yds TD Int Lng Att Yds TD Lng Rec Yds TD Lng
Brad Baxter NYJ 19 98 2 27
Browning Nagle NYJ 14 22 176 0 1 26 3 -2 0 0
Rob Moore NYJ 4 68 0 26
Chris Burkett NYJ 5 64 0 16
Pat Chaffey NYJ 5 25 0 13 2 7 0 4
Terance Mathis NYJ 2 22 0 15
Mark Boyer NYJ 1 15 0 15
Johnny Hector NYJ 6 6 0 8
Jeff Blake NYJ 1 -3 0 -3
Passing Rushing Receiving
Tm Cmp Att Yds TD Int Lng Att Yds TD Lng Rec Yds TD Lng
Thurman Thomas BUF 18 116 0 39 2 24 0 21
Jim Kelly BUF 20 35 216 1 2 26
James Lofton BUF 5 83 0 26
Andre Reed BUF 1 14 0 14 3 40 0 17
Pete Metzelaars BUF 4 26 1 11
Kenneth Davis BUF 9 19 1 7 2 4 0 4
Keith McKeller BUF 2 13 0 8
Don Beebe BUF 1 13 0 13
Carwell Gardner BUF 1 -2 0 -2 1 13 0 13
Frank Reich BUF 0 1 0 0 0 0

Defense & Returns

Def Interceptions Fumbles Kick Returns Punt Returns
Tm Sk Int Yds TD Lng FR Yds TD Rt Yds Y/Rt TD Lng Ret Yds Y/R TD Lng
Dale Dawkins NYJ 0 0 0 0 1 10 10.0 0 0
Terance Mathis NYJ 0 0 0 0 3 43 14.3 0 0
Bill Pickel NYJ 1.0 0 0 0 0
Brian Washington NYJ 2 23 1 0
Def Interceptions Fumbles Kick Returns Punt Returns
Tm Sk Int Yds TD Lng FR Yds TD Rt Yds Y/Rt TD Lng Ret Yds Y/R TD Lng
Shane Conlan BUF 1 7 0 7
Kenneth Davis BUF 0 0 0 0 1 17 17.0 0 0
Al Edwards BUF 0 0 0 0 1 26 26.0 0 0
Phil Hansen BUF 1.0 0 0 0 0
Cliff Hicks BUF 0 0 0 0 1 9 9.0 0 0
Bruce Smith BUF 2.0 0 0 0 0

Kicking & Punting

PAT FG Punting
Tm XPM XPA FGM FGA Pnt Yds Y/P Lng
Louie Aguiar NYJ 5 204 40.8 0
Cary Blanchard NYJ 3 3 1 2 0 0 0
PAT FG Punting
Tm XPM XPA FGM FGA Pnt Yds Y/P Lng
Steve Christie BUF 2 2 1 1 0 0 0
Chris Mohr BUF 4 137 34.3 0

 

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