What Comes Next: Bills vs. Jets

9/8/2002: The AFC East rivalry between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills is a time-honored tradition, mainly because Buffalo fans like to remind everyone that they're the only NFL team who actually plays their games in the state of New York.

During Week 1 of the 2002 NFL season, the rivalry added another storied chapter to its legacy. After Bills running back Travis Henry extended Buffalo's second quarter lead to 10-0, Jets return man Chad Morton took matters into his own hands during the ensuing kickoff, returning it 98 yards for the touchdown. The play seemingly kick-started the Jets' offense, and for the duration of the game the Jets and Bills exchanged blows back and forth, ending regulation tied at 31 apiece.

It was only fitting then that the man who started the Jets' scoring frenzy would seal the victory. On the opening kickoff in overtime, Morton took the kick 96 yards for the game-winning touchdown. The Jets defeated the Bills 37-31 and Morton became the only player in NFL history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in regulation and overtime in the same game.

Thursday Night Matchup Notes

  • Bills lead the all-time series 57-51
  • Buffalo has won three straight games against the Jets and four of the last five
  • Rex Ryan was 7-5 against the Bills when he was the Jets head coach
  • Rex Ryan was 46-50 as the Jets head coach (2009-14)
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