AFC wild-card notes: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars
Jan 13 2018
"I feel really sad right now, yes, I thought that was a game we could win", Susie Segar, a fan from Athens, Pennsylvania, said. However, both of these teams managed to find their grooves throughout the season and qualified for the playoffs after winning at least nine games.
Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an ugly and sometimes unwatchable 10-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game Sunday.
With some unexpected contributors, that formula produced the franchise's first playoff victory in more than 10 years.
Tyrod Taylor completed 17 of 37 passes for 134 yards, with an interception, against the NFL's best pass defense.
Blake Bortles completed 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards, with a touchdown.
"Kind of reference it to a pitcher", Bortles said. Whatever the situation is you're not able to use your number one option and have that be successful. It is the first "10-3" score in an National Football League postseason game since the Houston Oilers defeated the San Diego Chargers on December 24, 1961, according to the Jaguars.
If the Jaguars are going to get past the Steelers next week at Heinz Field, that defense is going to have to do it again in the divisional round.
Jacksonville's offense offered up a 10-point effort during the wild-card round win over the Buffalo Bills. "And if we can give them a victory on the field, it will make for a ideal day". "We'll put the team on our backs". Given new life by a fourth-down offside penalty by the Jaguars, the Bills had first-and-goal at the 1-yard line late in the second quarter. Linebacker Myles Jack sacked Taylor on the next play, forcing a punt. Dealing with an injured ankle, McCoy rushed for 75 yards in the loss. "We know if we keep playing ball, good things will happen", Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. "We bend but don't break".
This was, we all believed a different type of Saints offence, one that relied on Brees to make shorter, more accurate throws and let his running backs do the rest.
The Jaguars defense will be tested next week against the Steelers' offense, which features the explosive weapons of running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, as well as playoff veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Jacksonville came away with a 30-9 victory on October 8, as the defense kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone while coming away with five interceptions of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Jaguars also beat the Steelers 31-29 the last time the teams faced off in the playoffs in January 2008.
Combined catches by receivers Kenneth Cole, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. They travel so far and rally behind us.
MCCOY GOES: McCoy topped 100 yards from scrimmage for the first time in his playoff career.
Coach Cowher, during "The NFL Today" (the best pregame show on television, catch it before Titans-Patriots, Sat., Jan. 13 at 7:15 p.m. ET and then before Jaguars-Steelers on Sun., Jan. 14 at noon ET), lined up a big wooden folding table and, alongside James Brown and the rest of the gang, proceeded - in full suit! - to smash that bad boy.