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Rapid Recap- Jaguars outfight Bills to win ugly AFC Wildcard game

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This one was history for a lot of reasons for the Jaguars: first playoff game of any kind in 10 years, first home playoff game in 18 years, and playing the Bills, who hadn’t been in the playoffs themselves in 18 years.

However, the Jaguars 10-3 win over Buffalo Sunday at Everbank Field will not go down in NFL Playoff history, as one of the more memorable battles.

No, it was anything but, memorable.

Still, Jacksonville will take it and move on to the AFC Divisional Playoff round against the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday.

QB Blake Bortles one yard TD pass on 4th and goal to backup tight end Ben Koyack late in the third quarter and it was the difference in this one.

That play capped off a methodical 15 play 86 yard nearly nine minute drive, which turned out to be the biggest of the game.

It was the lone bright spot for Bortles who finished the day with a paltry 87 yards passing on 12-23 attempts.

The Jaguars defense did the rest throughout the day holding the Bills to just 263 total yards and three points. They forced the Bills to punt on their first four possessions of the second half. The fourth of those coming with 3:09 remaining in the Game.

Buffalo coach Sean McDermott elected to kick with one timeout and the two minute warning remaining to stop the clock, hoping to get the ball back one last time. The Bills did get their “three and out” stop and forced the Jags to kick it back to them at the Buffalo 37 with 1:51 left.

The Bills ran two plays and then on the third down, QB Tyrod Taylor was hit by Dante Fowler by scrambling and slammed backwards to the turf, where he hit his head hard and had to leave the game.

Backup QB Nathan Peterman came in, scrambled for a first down on the fourth down to keep the drive alive on the next play. However, he threw an interception two plays later to DB Jalen Ramsey, which clinched the game.

The play was reviewed, as Ramsey appeared to bobble the catch going to the ground, but the replay wasn’t conclusive and the league command center in New York upheld the interception call to let the Jags kneel on the ball.

The Bills LeSean McCoy (above) did play with his injured ankle and had 75 yards on 19 carries and also caught six catches for 44 yards in the game, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

As for the Jaguars, they will now travel to Pittsburgh to rematch the Steelers who they defeated by 21 points in week five.

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