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Defense lifts Jaguars past Bills

12 January 2018, 09:35 | Melissa Porter

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The Jacksonville Jaguars won their first playoff game in 10 years yesterday, defeating the Buffalo Bills 10-3 at EverBank Field in the wildcard round of the National Football League postseason. Maybe Bortles having a Forrest Gump moment and discovering he can run is the type of anomaly that breaks the playoff algorithm. They weren't even supposed to finish with a.500 record. It was a sea of red and blue, and the "Shout" song was heard loud and proud - proving once again just how much these fans love their team.

Taylor has more than likely played his last game as a Buffalo Bill. The Bills did everything they needed to do to win the contest, at least in the first half.

Buffalo is scheduled to have the 21st and 22nd picks in the draft, the second acquired in a draft-day trade of first-round picks with the Chiefs in April. After another back and forth affair with punts, Buffalo punted with 3:09 left on the clock but was able to get it back to put the ball in Taylor's hands to win the game. From there, the Jaguars defense slammed the door as the Bills crossed midfield only twice in the second half for a total of six snaps.

Jacksonville entered the postseason allowing an NFL-low 169.9 yards per game through the air, 22.5 fewer than any other team.

However, the Bills' loss can't be blamed on their defense. They really didn't respond correctly to the early struggles on offense and it's more than just the signal-caller if you can only muster 10 points. The penultimate chance for the offense started with 3:24 remaining and the ball on the Buffalo 34-yard line.

As one drought ended, another continued.

Fans, were found at the saloon with standing room only, as temperatures got heated especially after the injury of Tyron Taylor, the Bills starting quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor's pass to Kelvin Benjamin on a fade route was incomplete in the end zone, but Benjamin was called for offensive pass interference, moving the ball back to the Jaguars 11. Taylor often took too long to find open receivers, and he sometimes was not able to find anyone to pass to at all. If he doesn't play the Bills' chances of pulling the upset get markedly more hard.

Tyrod Taylor completed 17 of 37 passes for 134 yards, with an interception, against the NFL's best pass defense.

The Bills experienced that first-hand in Sunday's AFC wild-card game. He actually rushed for more yards (88) than he passed for (87). He also had over 440 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. But Jacksonville pressured him into an intentional grounding penalty, then Ramseys interception to clinch a long-awaited win. "So I wanted to make sure that whatever happened today, if we were going to get beat or if something bad were to happen, it was going to be with us going down swinging and using every option and everything we could".

It was a historic day for the Buffalo Bills and their fans.

And with that, the #Bills 2017 season is over.

Now it's into the offseason with general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott as they look to improve their fortunes.

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