Jacksonville, which gained the AFC South title and the No. three seed for the AFC playoffs, advances to a convention semifinal subsequent Sunday at No. 2 Pittsburgh. The Jaguars intercepted Ben Roethlisberger 5 occasions in a 30-9 Week 5 victory.
Buffalo misplaced its first playoff recreation since 1999 due to a well-known storyline—lack of offensive punch. The Payments truly carved out a 263-230 benefit in complete yardage, however weren’t capable of make huge performs on account of their lack of a passing recreation.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor accomplished 17 of 37 makes an attempt for less than 129 yards with an interception earlier than being knocked out with 1:17 remaining after a scramble.
LeSean McCoy gutted out seventy five yards on 19 rushes regardless of an ankle damage suffered in final week’s win at Miami that left his standing up within the air till about ninety minutes earlier than kickoff.
Backup quarterback Nathan Peterman guided the Buffalo offense to the Jacksonville 38 after relieving Taylor. However after an intentional grounding penalty, he was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey at midfield with 26 seconds remaining to seal the result.
The Jaguars’ offense completed 9 drives with punts, however none with turnovers. Blake Bortles accomplished 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards and the sport’s solely landing. Bortles prevented interceptions completely after throwing 5 within the earlier two video games.
Bortles additionally offered an sudden increase within the operating recreation, choosing up a profession-excessive 88 yards on 10 carries and increasing a number of drives together with his legs. A type of was the landing drive that he ended with a 1-yard move to backup tight finish Ben Koyack with forty two seconds left within the third quarter.
“Once we acquired beat final week at Tennessee, I did not run in any respect, so we received beat with out capturing all our photographs,” Bortles stated after the sport. “We made some dangerous performs, however we gained and that is all that issues.”
Stephen Hauschka’s 31-yard subject objective gave the Payments a three-zero edge with 1:forty nine left within the first half. Josh Lambo transformed from forty four yards with two seconds remaining within the half to equalize for Jacksonville.