5 takeaways from the Jags' 10-3 gut-wrencher vs. Bills

5 takeaways from the Jags' 10-3 gut-wrencher vs. Bills

Bortles threw for only 87 yards and ran for 88, a statistical reminder of his team's most serious flaw. However, when you lose a playoff game as Buffalo did Sunday afternoon, and you lose it to a quarterback as inept as Jacksonville's Blake Bortles, sure, you're allowed to be a little aggravated.

But in winning ugly, the Jaguars may have stumbled upon their best chance of moving on next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and to the AFC Championship Game. Looking at the box score, McCoy was the only receiver to eclipse 23 yards, which is telling as to how stifling the pass defense was. Leonard Fournette had only 16 yards on six carries. That should be an even bigger badge of honor for the Jacksonville defense, which has given Bortles enough wiggle room to go full-Bortles and not have it weigh them down completely. Linebacker Myles Jack sacked Taylor on the next play, forcing a punt. Taylor is the first Bills quarterback to lead the team to the playoffs since 1999, but he has been too inconsistent through his three years in Buffalo.

Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, a Bartram Trail grad, ran for 4 yards on the ensuing fourth-and-3 play. Receiver/punt returner Jaydon Mickens (hamstring) also left the game.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) tries to stop Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Bills and Jaguars finally made it to the national stage - Jacksonville hadn't played a postseason game since 2007 - and this was what they offered up?

Sunday looked nothing like either of those games.

The first half of the game provided fans with nothing more than a pair of field goals (one from each team) and numerous missed opportunities. Josh Lambo converted from 44 yards with two seconds remaining in the half to equalize for Jacksonville.

It was an overall offensive letdown against Buffalo but Jacksonville still won. They own four picks in the first two rounds, including the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round pick and the Los Angeles Rams' second-round selection.


In all, Buffalo ran 18 plays on the drive, which lasted 8:06.

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin is having himself a great game when his team needs it the most. At the end of the day, the Bills' lone field goal signified the main problem that has hung over Buffalo's 2017 season like a dark cloud.

Unfortunately, it got a bit out of control and one fan called them out on it. While Bortles threw the fewest amount of interceptions of his career this season (13), his interception rate was still 2.5 percent.

Westbrook was the only Jaguars receiver to catch a pass in the game. 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.

The Jaguars had five first downs in the first half.

On the last drive, the Bills were driving then Taylor got rocked by Dante Fowler Jr. and slammed his head on the field, taking him out of the game.

Taylor almost ran for a 2-yard score prior to Hauschka's field goal but was tripped from behind by defensive end Calais Campbell.

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