Playoff loss to Jaguars should end Tyrod Taylor era in Buffalo

Dean Simpson
January 13, 2018

Situation: Early in the second quarter, Buffalo had first-and-10 from its 27. This was the lowest-scoring playoff game since January 3, 1997 (Pittsburgh Steelers 7, New England Patriots 6 that day).

Sunday's Wild Card game stands as a continuation of a Jaguars season where the win was all that mattered. The Jaguars defeated the Steelers 30-9 on October 8 at Heinz Field. The Bills were able to make the Jaguars cause a penalty that put the Bills in great scoring position on first down.

Blake Bortles can thank the Buffalo Bills' offense for sending the Jacksonville Jaguars to the divisional round of the playoffs.

It was an incredibly ugly game, with both offenses struggling to do anything.

Taylor's helmet slammed hard against the ground after getting thrown down by Dante Fowler Jr.

FORMUCH as Blake Bortles was the butt of many National Football League jokes this season - and, indeed, every season - the fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars have had to put up with a lot from their team since it came into existence in 1995. He wasn't able to get it done in the passing game, but that's on all of us.

That left the Bills' fate in the hands of rookie quarterback and Jacksonville native Nathan Peterman. In its final three games, Buffalo scored one touchdown on eight trips inside an opponent's 20, including settling for a field goal despite six snaps from inside the Jacksonville 15 on Sunday. It kind of allows [the offense] to go out there and not press or get too high or too low-the understanding that they will get us the ball back and get us some more opportunities.

His best throw of the day came late in the third quarter when he hit tight end Ben Koyack for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Jaguars up 10-3.

Game. Blouses. That was the difference. Taylor threw a pass to Kelvin Benjamin that fell incomplete and Benjamin was called for pass interference. If Buffalo won they would be taking on New England, and if Jacksonville won they would be taking on Pittsburgh. Bortles was off all day, but made up for it with his legs. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who exited the game late in the fourth quarter with a head injury, finished 17 of 37 for 134 yards and one interception. The Jaguars' leading rusher was actually Bortles, who carried the ball 10 times for 88 yards.

McDermott chose not to go for it on 4th and goal from the Jacksonville 1-yard line near the end of the second quarter, and it looked like his passivity would be rewarded because of the Jags' stupidity - jumping offsides on the field-goal try. Finally, they sat him up and Taylor wobbled off the field. "Everybody is going to end up. even if they don't end up winning this game they are gonna be really excited", Brad Austin, another fan, said.

McCoy was pretty incredible, all things considered.

But it's the Jaguars' best bet to move one step closer to the first Super Bowl trip in franchise history.

When LeSean McCoy is healthy he is one of the NFL's most dynamic running backs. But it was far better than the first-half results, when the Jags had only 84 yards of offense and were averaging 2.2 yards per pass attempt. Looking at the box score, McCoy was the only receiver to eclipse 23 yards, which is telling as to how stifling the pass defense was.

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