ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Ryan Fitzpatrick threw interceptions on each of New York's final three drives and the Jets' playoff hopes were dashed with a 22-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
"It's the hardest and most difficult end to a season I have ever had," Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick, a former Bill, has failed to make the playoffs in 11 seasons, and teammate Brandon Marshall has not advanced in his 10 seasons.
A 21-yard punt by Ryan Quigley, a 12-men-in-the-huddle penalty and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty by rookie defensive lineman Leonard Williams were just a few of the breakdowns that culminated in one disappointing end to what had been a storybook season.
The Jets (10-6) had won five straight and faced an injury-depleted Bills team (8-8).
It was a sweet finish for Buffalo coach Rex Ryan, who was fired a year ago by the Jets.
"I've got a lot of friends over there, and I want them to be successful, but not at my expense," Ryan said.