Jaguars Stymie Bills In Playoff Battle

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) scrambles as Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) goes after him in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

The Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars were both playing in a playoff game for the first time in over a decade. It was obvious that points wouldn’t come often in this game and that indeed that was the case. Ben Koyack caught the game-winning 1-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-and-goal in the third-quarter from Blake Bortles to lift Jacksonville to a 10-3 victory.

Bortles completed 12-of-23 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 88 yards on 10 carries. Leonard Fournette rushed for 57 yards on 21 carries. Dede Westbrook was the Jaguars leading receiver with five receptions for 48 yards receiving.

The Bills lone score of the game was on a 31-yard field goal in the second-quarter by Steven Hauschka. That was Buffalo’s only lead of the game. Jacksonville scored on a 44-yard field goal by Josh Lambo before halftime. That was set up because of runs by Blake Bortles of 20 and 12 yards.

Tyrod Taylor left the game late in the fourth-quarter because of a concussion. He completed 17-of-37 passes for 134 yards and one interception. Taylor rushed for 27 yards on seven carries. Nate Peterman came in the game on a fourth-and-3 and he rushed for four yards for a first down. A few plays later, Peterman’s pass was deflected and picked off by Jalen Ramsey. Peterman completed 1-of-3 passes for 14 yards.

LeSean McCoy’s ankle wasn’t much of an issue for the Bills. He rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries and caught six passes for 44 yards receiving. Deonte Thompson caught two passes for 23 yards receiving.

It was a very smooth game nonetheless and both defenses were flying. Buffalo had one sack and Jacksonville had two sacks. The Buffalo Bills season ends but there is optimism in the near future for this team. The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) on the road in the Divisional Round next Sunday. Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh in week five 30-9.

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