Run With It: Bortles' Legs, Stingy Defense Propel Jags over Bills

Blake Bortles will have to limit the turnovers if the Jaguars are to beat the Bills

Bortles almost became the first quarterback since 1958 to rush for more yards than he passed for while throwing at least 25 times.

Blake Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an ugly and sometimes unwatchable 10-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game Sunday. He threw for 87 yards and 1 touchdown, completing 12 of 23 passes.

LeSean McCoy gutted out 75 yards on 19 rushes despite an ankle injury suffered in last week's win at Miami that left his status up in the air until about 90 minutes before kickoff. His TD pass to backup tight end Ben Koyack late in the third quarter was his best throw of the game.

The New York Jets, the Tennessee Titans, the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers set up the blueprint for moving the ball on the Jaguars' defense. Linebacker Myles Jack sacked Tyrod Taylor to end one drive, and on the last, with 1:17 to play, Taylor was brought down hard by defensive end Dante Fowler, a former Lakewood High and Florida standout. That proud nostalgia didnt translate to the scoreboard, however, as Buffalo became just the second playoff team in the past five seasons to be held to three points or fewer. He will certainly not look back on his first playoff game with fond memories! Those don't seem like heavy burdens to overcome for a team advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs, but outside of the defense, Jacksonville has struggled to appear playoff ready. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Ngakoue moved the Bills up by 15 yards and well-within field goal range.

Otherwise, it was tough to watch.

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As has been the story for the past couple of weeks, the Bills collapsed in the second half.

The Jaguars barely scraped together enough points against the mediocre Bills, and it's anyone's guess what they'll do in Pittsburgh. "We've got to hold teams to zero". Taylor then lost 2 on a run and threw a pair of incompletions. "He is a hell of a player, but we didn't run it".

A drab first quarter finished scoreless and the second quarter almost followed suit as both sides started nervously before a fantastic interception by Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin gave the match some spark. The Steelers led the National Football League with a franchise-record 56 sacks, one more than the Jaguars. Nothing is official on Taylor leaving Buffalo, but this loss could seal his fate and he may be playing for another team next season. They didn't challenge the Bills deep at all, and it was evident as Dede Westbrook was the only true receiver to catch a pass.

The Bills also will have receiver Deonte Thompson (shoulder) available. Stephen Hauschka capped off an 18-play, 71-yard drive with a 31-yard field goal to give the Bills a 3-0 lead, though Buffalo had a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Jaguars scored five plays later. Taylor rushed for 27 yards on seven carries. He scrambled for a long first down run after fumbling the ball late, prompting a Bills assistant to slam a clipboard and eliciting a huge grin from Bortles.

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