The Buffalo Bills returned to the National Football League playoffs Sunday, January 7th against the Jacksonville Jaguars for the conference wildcard round. He ran for 88 yards, but his long 20-yard rush picked up a crucial first down.
Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was more effective as a runner than passer.
Jacksonville (11-6) will travel to face the second-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday. He completed 17-of-37 passes for 134 yards and one interception. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles found tight end Ben Koyack in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. It also was a gutsy call on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
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The Bills lone score of the game was on a 31-yard field goal in the second-quarter by Steven Hauschka.
Taylor slammed his helmet hard against the ground after getting thrown down by Dante Fowler Jr. Peterman completed 1-of-3 passes for 14 yards. All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey tipped and then intercepted Peterman's third pass, and the Jaguars ran out the clock.
"He fits in very naturally", said fellow defensive lineman Calais Campbell.
"We're battle-tested, so we know that if we just keep playing ball, good things will happen".
LeSean McCoy's ankle wasn't much of an issue for the Bills.
The Jags had a measly 230 yards.
On paper, this seemed to be the type of matchup the Jaguars envisioned when they drafted Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick. After picking up just 84 yards of total offense in the first half, with only 33 passing yards by Bortles, the Jaguars gained 146 yards in the second half. The other was Atlanta's Michael Vick in the 2004 divisional round against the Rams (119 rushing, 82 passing). Buffalo fell 10-3 at EverBank Field as the Bills were eliminated in the first round of the AFC playoffs. The Jacksonville defense is still playing at the elite level. Linebacker Myles Jack sacked Taylor on the next play, forcing a punt.
NOTES: Buffalo S Micah Hyde (concussion) and CB Tre'Davious White (cramps) left the game. Safety Colt Anderson injured his right shoulder in the fourth trying to make a diving interception.
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.