Rian Lindell kicked a 47-yard field goal with 2:44 left in overtime, making up for a miss at the end of regulation and giving the Bills a wild — and ugly — 16-13 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
The Bills (2-4) took advantage of Sanchez's fifth interception of the day to snap a three-game losing streak, and send the sputtering Jets (3-3) to their third straight loss.
Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in ably for an injured Trent Edwards, who left early in the second quarter with a head injury, helping the Bills overcome Thomas Jones' Jets franchise-record 210 yards rushing. The Jets finished with 318 yards rushing.
Lindell was wide right on a 46-yard attempt into the wind as regulation time expired, sending it to overtime.
Jay Feely had a shot at a go-ahead 50-yard attempt in the fourth quarter, but holder Steve Weatherford couldn't handle the snap. Weatherford, the punter, ran to his left and lofted the ball, but it was picked off by John Wendling and gave the Bills possession.
The loss might have come at a big cost for the Jets as nose tackle Kris Jenkins, one of the team's defensive leaders, was lost in the second quarter with an injured left knee. The extent of the injury wasn't immediately clear.
Fitzpatrick went 10 of 24 for 116 yards and a touchdown to Lee Evans and one interception for the Bills after Edwards left. On third-and-two from the Bills' 43 early in the second quarter, Edwards was taken down by David Harris and Calvin Pace and remained on the turf for a few moments before being taken to the sideline, and then into the locker room. He didn't return.
A week after holding Cleveland's Derek Anderson to 2-for-17 passing for 23 yards in a 6-3 loss, Buffalo made things miserable for Sanchez. The rookie was 10 of 29 for 119 yards and the five interceptions, including two by Jairus Byrd, with the last coming by Paul Posluszny to set up the winning drive.
The Bills also took advantage of two third-quarter interceptions by Sanchez into a strong wind, getting 10 points to tie it.
On third-and-seven from the Jets' 37, Fitzpatrick avoided a blitz and threw a short pass to Evans, who ran a slant and took off down the middle of the field to tie it at 13 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
The crowd at a blustery Meadowlands let the Jets' defense have it with loud boos.
George Wilson intercepted Sanchez on the Jets' first possession of the second half, and Lindell kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 13-6.
Jones' 71-yard touchdown run, the fifth-longest in team history, gave the Jets a 13-3 lead with 7:31 remaining before halftime.