In the first half of Thursday night’s game between the Bills and Jets, the clock continued running after a completion to Bills tight end Charles Clay ended with Clay going out of bounds with a little over a minute to play in the second quarter.
Since Clay went out of bounds, the running clock appeared to be an error but the NFL says that it was not. NFL spokesman Michael Signora explained to PFT in an email that Clay’s forward progress was stopped when he made contact with Jets safety Rontez Miles.
Watching the play several times, there’s no whistle until Clay is out of bounds and there’s not much different about the hit that Miles makes as Clay reaches the sideline to differentiate it from plenty of other plays where the clock stops in the final two minutes in a half.
If forward progress was the ruling, though, there was no reason to stop the clock.
The Bills went on to kick a field goal to close the half and scored 10 points to open up a 22-3 lead in the third quarter. A Brandon Marshall touchdown catch cut the lead to 22-10 with 4:33 to go in the third.
Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams tied an NFL record with his 26-yard touchdown catch from Tyrod Taylor on Thursday night.
It was the sixth straight game Williams has score a touchdown to begin his career, which matches the record set by former New England Patriots running back Robert Edwards in 1998.
Williams has seven touchdowns already on the season with five rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores.
The touchdown gave the Bills a 19-3 lead over the New York Jets. The lead was extended 22-3 after a Chris Ivory fumble led to a Dan Carpenter 29-yard field goal.
The Jets answered back with their first touchdown drive of the night capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brandon Marshall to close the gap to 22-10 with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.