JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Blake Bortles put collectively one first rate drive all day, doing as a lot along with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an unpleasant and generally unwatchable 10-Three victory towards the Buffalo Payments in an AFC wild-card recreation Sunday.
Within the post-season for the primary time since January 2008, the third-seeded Jaguars (11-6) superior to play at No. 2 seed Pittsburgh subsequent week.
The sixth-seeded Payments (9-8) will head house after ending the longest, present playoff drought in North American skilled sports activities.
Bortles was a giant purpose Jacksonville received the sport and a giant purpose it was so shut.
This was removed from a passing clinic. It was extra like a painful train in overcoming poor passing.
Bortles was off many of the day, misfiring brief and lengthy, however made up for it with 88 yards dashing. He scrambled for a protracted first down run after fumbling the ball late, prompting a Payments assistant to slam a clipboard and eliciting an enormous grin from Bortles.
“We weren’t sharp, we made some unhealthy performs and did some silly stuff, however we discovered a technique to win and that’s all that issues,” Bortles stated.
He accomplished 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards, with a landing. His TD cross to backup tight finish Ben Koyack late within the third quarter was his finest throw of the sport. It additionally was a gutsy name on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Bortles did the remaining on the bottom, scrambling for first downs and serving to Jacksonville win its first playoff recreation at house for the reason that 1997 season.
“You already know, after we bought beat final week at Tennessee, I didn’t run in any respect, so I believed we bought beat with out sort of capturing all of our photographs, so I stated it made it tough, so let’s discover some methods to maneuver the ball and do some completely different stuff,” Bortles stated.
The Payments had loads of possibilities down the stretch, however an enormous penalty towards Charles Clay after which a deal with that knocked quarterback Tyrod Taylor out of the sport ended any risk of a comeback.
Taylor slammed his helmet onerous towards the bottom after getting thrown down by Dante Fowler Jr. He needed to be helped off the sector and compelled backup Nathan Peterman into the sport with 1:27 remaining. All-Professional cornerback Jalen Ramsey tipped after which intercepted Peterman’s third cross, and the Jaguars ran out the clock.
“We put together onerous and we research quite a lot of tape, we apply onerous,” Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell stated.
“We’re battle-tested, so we all know that if we simply maintain taking part in ball, good issues will occur.”
The Payments completed with 263 yards, with 119 of these coming from hobbled working again LeSean McCoy (ankle).
The Jags had a measly 230 yards. Leonard Fournette ran 21 instances for 57 yards.
Bortles is the second beginning quarterback up to now 25 seasons to win a playoff recreation with extra dashing yards than passing yards (88 dashing, 87 passing). The opposite was Atlanta’s Michael Vick within the 2004 divisional spherical towards the Rams (119 dashing, 82 passing).
Trailing 10-Three with about six minutes to play, the Payments seemed as in the event that they picked up a primary down on an 11-yard cross from Tyrod Taylor to Clay. Jacksonville gamers standing on the sideline pointed to Clay’s toes, and coach Doug Marrone threw the problem flag. Officers overturned the completion, saying Clay was out of bounds and organising a third-and-10 play from the Jacksonville 48-yard line. Linebacker Myles Jack sacked Taylor on the following play, forcing a punt.
Payments: Security Micah Hyde left the sport within the third quarter and was being evaluated for a concussion. Cornerback Tre’Davious White went to the locker room within the fourth to be handled for cramps. Security Colt Anderson injured his proper shoulder within the fourth making an attempt to make a diving interception. Guard Richie Incognito (shoulder) and Clay (hamstring) left briefly within the first half however returned.
Jaguars: Linebacker Paul Posluszny left the sport with a hip damage, tried to return after which headed to the locker room for additional analysis. He was listed as questionable and returned to the sideline after halftime. Receiver/punt returner Jaydon Mickens left with a hamstring damage and didn’t return.
The Jaguars will play at second-seeded Pittsburgh subsequent Sunday, a rematch from Week 5. Ben Roethlisberger threw 5 interceptions, and Jacksonville received 30-9. The Steelers have received 10 of 11 since, the lone loss coming towards New England.
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