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Backups Lead Playoff-Bound Jets Past Bills

JetsEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mark Brunell threw two touchdown passes in relief of a resting Mark Sanchez, Joe McKnight ran for a career-high 158 yards and the Jets’ defense was dominant in a playoff tuneup, a 38-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Having already clinched a postseason spot, New York (11-5) sat a handful of stars, including LaDainian Tomlinson, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, but still earned the fourth 11-win season in franchise history — and first since the 1998 team went to the AFC championship game. The Jets, the No. 6 seed, were waiting to see where they would be traveling to next weekend.

Sanchez, dealing with a sore right shoulder, started but played only one series and handed off nine times without a throw. He wasn’t needed in this blowout which amounted to little more than a scrimmage.


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