The Buffalo Bills were ultimately disappointed in their return to the playoffs, falling 10-3 to the Jaguars in a wild-card game that was Buffalo's first postseason appearance since 1999. Both offenses struggled to generate any type of excitement all game. A few tweaks, a solid draft and a couple of additions in free agency could have the Bills back in the playoffs in 2018. Bortles had more rushing yards (88) than passing yards Sunday.
"The field is 100 yards, " said Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye, who made a game-sealing INT late in the fourth quarter.
In what turned out to be a defensive battle, the first points of the game did not come until moments after the 2-minute warning in the first half. "Jacksonville has played the Bills down here, and I've been to all the games, and this is unprecedented". They held the Bills to 3 points, and a clutch offensive pass interference drawn by Jalen Ramsey at the goal line probably kept the Bills out of the endzone.
The key to success for the Jaguars will be to score early and avoid the multitude of three-and-out drives that transpired against the Bills. This season, McCoy ran for over 1,100 rushing yards and had six rushing touchdowns. One of them had to win, but Blake Bortles won't be beating the Steelers next week. This caused Peterman to step in and lead a possible comeback.
The Bills had plenty of chances down the stretch, but a huge penalty against tight end Charles Clay, a dropped pass by Zay Jones and then a tackle that knocked quarterback Tyrod Taylor out of the game ended any threat of a comeback.
The drive stalled from there and they had to settle for a Stephen Hauschka 31-yard field goal at the end of an 18-play, 71-yard drive that took 8:06.
Bortles did the rest on the ground, scrambling for first downs and helping Jacksonville win its first playoff game at home since the 1997 season. Whether it's holding the ball too long in or out of the pocket or not trusting his receivers down field and going the safest route to the receiver five yards ahead of him. A new quarterback or a coordinator with the creativity to work with Taylor might not vault the Bills to the top of National Football League offenses, but middle of the pack would be a marked improvement. Nothing is official on Taylor leaving Buffalo, but this loss could seal his fate and he may be playing for another team next season.
However, the Bills' loss can't be blamed on their defense.
"They're really good and they have talent at pretty much every position, " he said of the Jacksonville defense. But when you have as suffocating of a defense as Jacksonville does, you can get away with it.
The upside was this: The Bills made the playoffs, ending their embarrassing 17-year drought, so there's no way anyone can say 2017 was a disappointing season, especially those who thought back in August the franchise was tanking. Their two biggest acquisitions were Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde no doubt.
Even head coach Sean McDermott walked over to the crowd, thanked them and gave the fans a round of applause. "They are not fair-weather fans and they stick by their team and they stick by their city".
It was a great story for the Buffalo Bills.