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- Author: Joanne Flowers Jan 12, 2018,
Jan 12, 2018, 21:36
It happened Sunday at EverBank Field, when the host Jacksonville Jaguars eked past the Buffalo Bills in the second AFC wild-card game of the weekend. As it turned out for Jacksonville, their best offense was Blake Bortles scrambling out of the pocket, which led directly to their two scoring drives.
In the post-season for the first time since January 2008, the third-seeded Jaguars (11-6) advanced to play at No. 2 seed Pittsburgh next week. He finished 17-of-37 for 134 passing yards and threw a second-quarter interception that set the Jaguars up inside Buffalo territory. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was injured on a run after being tackled by Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. Bartram Trail alum Nathan Peterman entered the game in Taylor's place and picked up one rushing first down on the Bills' final drive, but then threw an interception to cornerback Jalen Ramsey that ultimately sealed Buffalo's fate.
Taylor almost ran for a 2-yard score prior to Hauschka's field goal but was tripped from behind by defensive end Calais Campbell. Bortles had more rushing yards (88) than passing yards Sunday. That said, it's worth noting that Sunday marked Hackett's first postseason game as an offensive coordinator, and maybe we'll see him get a bit more creative as he did at times during the regular season. Bortles is the first QB since Steve McNair in 1999 to throw for fewer than 100 pass yards and win a playoff game with a minimum of 20 pass attempts, per NFL Research. For the record, Borders was signed off the Raiders' practice squad late in the season.
Also, coach Doug Marrone chose to start former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus against his old team.
CBS These two teams have fan bases that have waited a long time for a return appearance to the playoffs.
After being stopped on third and goal at Buffalo's one-yard line by an wonderful tackle by linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, it seemed like the Bills stopped the Jags leading to a fourth and goal. One of those was the touchdown drive that he ended with a 1-yard pass to backup tight end Ben Koyack with 42 seconds left in the third quarter. McCoy accounted for 45 percent of the Bills' offense against the Jaguars. The 340-pound Dareus was traded to Jacksonville for a late-round draft pick in October.
Taylor is perhaps one of the more underrated players at his position in this league and perhaps should get another opportunity to start for the team. Through one half of football, the Jaguars have held the Bills offense to 3 points in a game tied at 3. Kelvin Benjamin was called for offensive pass interference in the end zone on first down, pushing the Bills back to the 11-yard line. Josh Lambo converted from 44 yards with two seconds remaining in the half to equalize for Jacksonville.
Coach Doug Marrone probably thought his offense was unlikely to get to Buffalo's 1-yard line the rest of the game.
On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills squared off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their first playoff appearance in seventeen years.