New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) pulls in...

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) pulls in a pass while defended by Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the second half of an NFL game in Detroit, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Credit: AP / Rick Osentoski

The way the Jets played, it likely would not have made a difference in the big picture, but they never will know if a squandered chance late in the first half could have changed the course of Monday night's 38-3 loss to the Bills at Ford Field.

The Bills were leading 14-3 with 12 seconds left in the half when Michael Vick launched a long pass down the left side of the field toward receiver Eric Decker, who was all alone, far beyond the nearest Buffalo defender.

It could have and should have been an easy 69-yard touchdown pass that might have changed the momentum.

Instead, it sailed just beyond Decker's grasp and fell harmlessly to the turf after he barely got a hand on it.

It was difficult to tell whether Vick overthrew the receiver or Decker altered the timing by seeming to slow down slightly before picking up speed as he saw where the ball was headed.

"No, I didn't slow down,'' said Decker, who seemed either surprised or perturbed -- or both -- by the question.

Still, he accepted blame for the missed connection.

"I had my hand on it; I should have made the play,'' he said. "Those are plays I'm expected to make . . . I expect myself to make those plays, especially in those situations.''

Said Vick: "I may have overthrown him, but that's just one play in the game. It could have made a difference on the scoreboard and the momentum. I put it out there to where I thought he could get it.

"There are no excuses. It was a good read and a good play. We just didn't make it.''

Vick later did find Decker for a 34-yard completion, but he finished 7-for-19 for 76 yards and an interception -- for a passer rating of 27.5 -- before being pulled in favor of Geno Smith.

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