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Jets 37, Bills 31 (OT)

©Associated Press
September 9, 2002

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Chad Morton didn't want to look back to see if anyone was chasing him. Now New York can look forward after squeaking out a dramatic victory to open its season.

Morton ran back two kickoffs, including a 96-yarder to start overtime, lifting the Jets and spoiling Drew Bledsoe's debut with the Bills.

Morton became just the second player to return an overtime kickoff for a touchdown. On Nov. 27, 1980, Chicago's Dave Williams took the opening OT kickoff for a score to beat the Lions 23-17.

"I knew it was going to be a foot race. I didn't know if I had enough gas to make it to the end zone," Morton said. "I was thinking to myself, "Please, don't get caught.' ... But I made it into the end zone. Game over."

He is the first player to return a kickoff for a score in regulation and overtime. He also became the first Jet and fifth NFL player to return two kickoffs for scores. He also ran back a 98-yarder in the second quarter.

Bledsoe, acquired to spark the offense in a deal with New England in April, was 26-for-39 for 271 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. He forced overtime by throwing a 29-yard touchdown to Eric Moulds with 26 seconds left.

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