New York Jets journeyman wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins had a shot at immortality, but Bills cornerback Mario Butler knocked it away.
With the Jets trailing the Bills 22-17 and 24 seconds left, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a pass to Thompkins that could have been taken to the house had it been caught. Thompkins would have caught it if Butler hadn’t zoomed in and broken up the pass.
— The Sports Daily (@SportsDailyBlog) January 3, 2016
Not only did Butler knock the ball away, he essentially knocked the Jets out of the playoffs. With the Steelers about to complete their victory in Cleveland, the Jets needed to win to get into the playoffs. But Fitzpatrick’s next pass was intercepted by A.J. Tarpley to secure the win for the Bills and end the Jets’ season.
Thompkins, who has played for three teams and caught 70 passes in his three-year career, would have been remembered forever in the hearts of Jets fans had he held on to the ball with all that daylight in front of him.
Instead, this loss will be remembered as yet another infamous defeat in the Jets’ star-crossed history.