Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles passed for just 87 yards but ran for 89 - and it was his running and a stifling defense that keyed a 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills in AFC Wild Card playoff game front of 69,442 at EverBank Field Sunday afternoon.
Behind Bortles, the Jaguars finished fifth in the National Football League in time of possession, one spot lower than the Steelers. It was a disappointing end to a promising season.
QB Tyrod Taylor: 51 TD passes, 21 turnovers (16 INT, five lost fumbles), 14 rush TD in 44 games with Bills from 2015-17.
LATE CHANCES: 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 Taylor out of the game ended any threat of a comeback.
We'll get into the lackluster day he had as a passer later, but Bortles made plays when it counted the most with his feet.
"That's usually not ideal for a quarterback", Bortles said when asked if he envisioned himself having more rushing yards than passing yards in a playoff game. But it's playoff time, those guys will be rested and refreshed and ready to go. That said, it's worth noting that Sunday marked Hackett's first postseason game as an offensive coordinator, and maybe we'll see him get a bit more creative as he did at times during the regular season. Both offenses struggled to generate any type of excitement all game.
Marrone used an option in his contract to opt out after the Bills changed ownership after the 2014 season.
Also, coach Doug Marrone made a decision to start former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus against his old team. The defense, as a whole, limited star Bills running back LeSean Mccoy to 75 yards on 19 carries. On the ground, Leonard Fournette rushed for 56 yards on 22 attempts. Not that it mattered because the Jaguars went backwards three yards, and Doug Marrone punted from the 38.
The Bills had the ball for 20:09 in the first half. McCoy accounted for 45 percent of the Bills' offense against the Jaguars.
It isn't a big deal, but it's at least worth mentioning this isn't the first time an opposing player hasn't taken kindly to Jacksonville fans. He was 6-of-15 passing for 33 yards.
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.
Jaguars beat Bills 10-3 to advance to 2nd roundAP Photo JVS118, JVS126, JVS111, JVS124, JVS121, JVS102, JVS201, JVS103, JVS104, JVS101Eds: With AP Photos.
Jacksonville's defense continued to make a statement by holding the Bills to under 300 total yards and snatching two interceptions, including a decisive grab by cornerback Jalen Ramsey with 32 seconds left in the game.
Buffalo and Jacksonville traded field goals over the final 1:49 of the second quarter and are tied 3-3 at halftime in an AFC wild-card game.
Blake Bortles can thank the Buffalo Bills' offense for sending the Jacksonville Jaguars to the divisional round of the playoffs.