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What was the most important play of the Jets’ loss to the Bills?

New York Jets v Buffalo Bills Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Jets lost the opening game of the 2020 season to the Buffalo Bills yesterday.

What was the game’s most important play?

This week that seems like a bit of a tricky question. The Jets were thoroughly dominated yet they were within shouting distance in terms of the score for much of the second half. While there were numerous big plays in the first half for Buffalo, that fact makes me want to look later in the game.

Chris Herndon’s fumble early in the fourth quarter is tempting. The Jets had cut the lead to 11 on a Jamison Crowder touchdown and forced a three and out. The fumble took away their momentum. Still Buffalo only converted that turnover into a field goal to go up 24-10 with a little over 10 minutes left in the fourth. The Jets still were technically in the game.

Much of the game had a similar feel to last year’s opener where the Jets dominated the early stages but could not put Buffalo away. The Bills came back and won.

I think Jets hopes of winning this game officially ended on Tyler Bass’ 19 yard field goal with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter. Buffalo went up by 17, and any small chance of a comeback was gone.

I know picking an insurance chip shot field goal seems anticlimactic, but the Bass had missed two short kicks earlier in the game.

What do you think was the game’s most important play?