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?
The game was sloppy all the way through, and came down to the final minute.
Rookie Nathan Peterman entered facing a fourth-and-3 from the 44 with 1:17 to go and he scrambled for a first down to the Bills' 48 and completed a pass to Deonte Thompson for 14 yards, then melted down as he took an intentional grounding penalty before throwing a game-ending interception to Jalen Ramsey. The touchdown was the difference maker as the defense clamped down to seal the postseason win. The Bills did not get the touchdown, and settled for a Stephen Hauschka field goal with 1:49 to go in the half. He scrambled for a long first down run after fumbling the ball late, prompting a Bills assistant to slam a clipboard and eliciting a huge grin from Bortles. Bortles led Jacksonville to 84 yards on 22 plays.
Prior to acquiring Dareus, opposing offenses averaged 5.14 yards per rush attempt against the Jaguars - the single worst mark in the league.
When it wasn't Bortles picking up yards with his legs, nothing else was working. Bortles carried nine times for 89 yards to supplement a subpar passing game.More news: Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough leaving school early, headed to National Football League , source says
He has to be more effective if this team is going to move any further in the tournament.
The story of the win was the defense. The Jaguars were able to take advantage of the short-handed Bills. Buffalo had one sack and Jacksonville had two sacks.
It was clear early on that neither of the quarterbacks - Tyrod Taylor and Bortles - were going to be doing much of anything. Jacksonville also had two interceptions, with no play bigger than the final pick. Without their best player at his best and lacking a true No. 1 receiver, the Bills simply did not have enough to beat the AFC's best defense. Fournette needs to be a key piece - if not THE key piece - for this offense moving forward. "We weren't sharp, but found a way to win and that's all that matters". The Jaguars picked off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times in a 30-9 victory at Heinz Field on October 8.