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Nick Veronica's quarterly analysis: Defense puts game away for AFC East-leading Bills

It wasn't the prettiest win, but they all count the same.

In the Bills' quest to end their 17-year playoff drought, they'll need to bank wins any way they come.

Mike Tolbert's fourth-quarter plunge gave the Bills some breathing room, and two late interceptions from safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde sealed the Bills' 21-12 opening victory that gave them sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

Poyer's pick of Josh McCown on the Bills' 23-yard line with 6:44 to play turned the tide for good. He made an excellent play on the ball, stealing it away from Robby Anderson for the Bills' first turnover of the season.

Sean McDermott became only the third Bills coach to win his first game, joining Rex Ryan and Marv Levy.

McCoy banged up, but returns: LeSean McCoy checked out after being tackled at the 1-yard line before Tolbert's touchdown. He was doubled over on the sideline holding his wrist, but trainers cleared him to return.

Gaines injured: Starting cornerback E.J. Gaines suffered a shoulder injury in the after going down hard during a tackle.

Questionable: The Jets punted on fourth and 8 from their 44 with 4:01 left, down two possessions. They got the ball back only one more time.

Penalty count: One penalty for 10 yards in the fourth for a total of six for 50.

First quarter analysis: Bills can't cash in, remain tied with Jets

Second quarter analysis: Clay's hot streak continues as Bills hold slim lead on Jets, 7-6

Third quarter analysis: McCown's TD keeps score uncomfortably close

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