Bills lose finale 38-7 at Jets, finish season at 4-and-12

January 2, 2011 Updated Jan 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM EDT

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Bills lose finale 38-7 at Jets, finish season at 4-and-12

January 2, 2011 Updated Jan 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM EDT

East Rutherford, N.J. ( It was a terrible way to end the season. The Buffalo Bills turned the ball over six times, and lost 38-7 at the New York Jets. The Jets, who had a playoff spot already locked up, played their back-ups for most of the game. The Bills finish the 2010 season with a 4-and-12 record, their worst since 2001. The loss guaranteed the Bills a top four pick in April's NFL draft.

Brian Brohm got the start at quarterback for the Bills with Ryan Fitzpatrick unavailable because of a knee injury. Brohm finished the day 10-23 passing for 106 yards, and three interceptions. He was sacked three times as the Buffalo offensive line struggled all day to provide much protection. Brohm also lost a fumble.

"Offensively that was an awful performance", said Head Coach Chan Gailey. "We couldn't protect the passer, couldn't run it and never got any kind of consistency at all. When you turn it over that many times your defense has no chance. You can't be that sloppy and play the way we did an expect to win football games."

Levi Brown entered the game for the Bills in the fourth quarter and finished 2-3 passing for 24 yards, and an interception.

RB Fred Jackson was held to 35 yards rushing. He needed 108 yards to reach the 1,000 yards for a second straight season. The Bills finished with 37 yards rushing on the day.

Meanwhile the Jets had no problem running the ball ,even with their top two backs on the sideline. LaDainian Tomlinson, and Shonn Greene both were held out of the game but the Jets still rushed for 276 yards.
Joe McKnight led the way with 158 yards. Brad Smith added 20 for the Jets. FB John Conner rushed 8 times for 44 yards and a 16 yard TD in the fourth quarter.

The Jets offense started QB Mark Sanchez, but his day lasted only one series. Sanchez didn't throw a pass. He was replaced by veteran Mark Brunell who completed 6-of-12 passes for 2 TD's, and an interception. QB Kellen Clemens entered the game for the Jets in the fourth quarter and completed 1-of-2 passes. He also rushed for a 10 yard TD.

The lone Bills touchdown came when Safety Jairus Byrd picked off Brunell in the third quarter and returned the interception 37 yards for the score.

Sunday marked the second straight blow-out loss to a divisional opponent. The Bills lost 34-3 to the New England Patriots on December 26th.

"Maybe we have further to go then I thought we did", said Gailey.

Bills players will have meetings, and clean out their lockers on Monday before heading into the off-season.

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