JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Blake Bortles put collectively one first rate drive all day, doing as a lot together with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an unpleasant and typically unwatchable 10-Three victory in opposition to the Buffalo Payments in an AFC wild-card recreation Sunday.
Within the postseason 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-Eight) will head residence after ending the longest, present playoff drought in North American skilled sports activities.
Bortles was an enormous cause Jacksonville received the sport and an enormous cause 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 a lot of the day, misfiring quick and lengthy, however made up for it with 88 yards dashing. He scrambled for an extended 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 dangerous performs and did some silly stuff, however we discovered a solution to win and that is all that issues,” Bortles mentioned.
He accomplished 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards, with a landing. His TD move 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 residence for the reason that 1997 season.
“, after we received beat final week at Tennessee, I did not run in any respect, so I assumed we received beat with out form of capturing all of our photographs, so I mentioned it made it troublesome, so let’s discover some methods to maneuver the ball and do some totally different stuff,” Bortles mentioned.
The Payments had loads of possibilities down the stretch, however an enormous penalty in opposition to Charles Clay after which a sort out that knocked quarterback Tyrod Taylor out of the sport ended any risk of a comeback.
Taylor slammed his helmet onerous in opposition to the bottom after getting thrown down by Dante Fowler Jr. He needed to be helped off the sphere and compelled backup Nathan Peterman into the sport with 1:27 remaining. All-Professional cornerback Jalen Ramsey tipped after which intercepted Peterman’s third move, and the Jaguars ran out the clock.
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.