Outside linebacker Calvin Pace appeared to have Bills running back Fred Jackson stopped behind the line, but Pace didn’t wrap up Jackson. As far as Richardson knew, Pace had made the tackle, so Richardson started celebrating. Jackson ran away, and cornerback Antonio Cromartie had to chase him down to save a touchdown.
The run, on a third-and-1 play, moved the Bills to the Jets’ 21-yard line. Luckily for the rookie, the Jets held the Bills for a total of two yards on their next three plays, and Buffalo settled for a field goal that cut the Jets’ lead to 7-3 with 13:45 left in the second quarter.
Richardson took responsibility for his mistake afterward.