Short playoff run still a memory of a lifetime for thousands


Bortles ran for 88 yards on Sunday to lead the Jaguars to a 10-3 win over the Bills in an AFC wild-card game at EverBank Field.

It wasn't a pretty win, with quarterback Blake Bortles finishing the game with more rushing yards than passing yards.

The second AFC matchup will take place at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon between the No. 3 seed Jacksonville Jaguars and No. 2 seed Pittsburgh Steelers. "We don't want to be two-and-done either".

The Jaguars know their offense needs to improve if they are going to win the team's first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. It ended with a 1-yard play-action pass to reserve tight end Ben Koyack on fourth-and-goal.

A scoreless first quarter set the pace for a game where Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles racked up more rushing yards than passing. With a first-and-goal at the Jaguars' 1-yard line, Taylor threw a fade route intended for receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

"Kind of reference it to a pitcher", Bortles said. Whatever the situation is you're not able to use your number one option and have that be successful. Neither quarterback was able to find a rhythm in the first half, at times Blake Bortles looked downright bad throwing the ball. After the penalty, Taylor threw two straight incompletions making Stephen Hauschka come out to kick the field goal.

At times Sunday, Taylor was the victim of poor playcalling by offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and dropped passes by Thomas and other Bills receivers, but the simple fact is he could not get the Bills into the end zone when one touchdown could have changed the outcome of the game.

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Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey intercepted Bills backup quarterback Nathan Peterman with:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.

"It was big", said Ramsey. We've got to do a better job starting today.

The play prompted a Bills assistant to slam his clipboard to the ground, which left Bortles smiling as he flipped the ball to an official.

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. Linebacker Telvin Smith led the team in tackles with nine. With one playoff victory behind us, here are our five biggest takeaways from the Bills-Jags' wild-card thriller. Leonard Fournette rushed for 57 yards on 21 carries. "We bend but don't break".

With only one touchdown and two field goals scored, it wasn't an exhilarating win by National Football League playoff standards.

"We played so awful but we were still in that game", said Le'Veon Bell. The Jaguars picked off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times in a 30-9 victory at Heinz Field on October 8. The Jaguars also beat the Steelers 31-29 the last time the teams faced off in the playoffs in January 2008. Not that it mattered because the Jaguars went backwards three yards, and Doug Marrone punted from the 38. For the most part, Wash called a brilliant game plan as the Jags resembled the ferocious defense he helped build in Seattle some years ago.

MCCOY GOES: McCoy topped 100 yards from scrimmage for the first time in his playoff career. "We had this thing". "I worked hard out there (Sunday) and so did the whole team to make sure we got that win".

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