Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
However slim the chances may be, the Buffalo Bills kept their playoff hopes alive after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The weather was sloppy and definitely favored the run-heavy Bills. They took advantage and out-rushed the Jags by a count of 232 yards to 50.
Chad Henne came back to earth with an 18-for-41 day. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick only threw 17 passes, but he made two count for touchdowns.
Jaguars 18, Bills 34. Final.
That's all, folks.
Jairus Byrd picked off a desperate Henne toss and the offense took a knee.
Jaguars 18, Bills 34.
Henne and the Jags moved the ball inside of the Buffalo 30, but the Bills rose up as they have all day.
The defensive line got those big ole' paws up there and knocked down Henne's fourth-down attempt to likely end this game.
The Jags still have their timeouts left, though the game has less than two minutes left.
Barring something absolutely miraculous, this one is over.
Henne wasn't able to connect on fourth down, which ended the previous Jags drive.
The Bills picked up a couple first downs, ran some clock and gave the ball back to Jacksonville on their own 15 with just over three minutes left.
Don't look now.
The Jags have forced another a quick punt from the Bills and will take over at their own 26-yard line.
Things could be getting interesting.
On that note, I'd like to extend my sincerest apologies to Buffalo fans. I should have never said you can exhale. I've been a fan of the NFL for a long time now, and know that such behavior is unacceptable.
Especially with the Bills.
What just happened?
The Bills muffed a punt. Actually, the punt ricocheted off of the returner's chest into the hands of an awaiting Jaguar, who then ran it into the end zone.
The referees took the score off the board, but Henne found Shorts on the next play to nullify the call.
The Jags then went for two and were successful.
It's still over, but those of us who have Jacksonville (+6) can still dream. Right?
Jaguars 18, Bills 34.
10:47 left in the game.
Spiller just put this game on ice.
He cruised 44 yards for another Buffalo score. Actually, cruised is a bad word because he just flew by everyone.
You can exhale now, Bills fans. This one is in the bag.
Jaguars 10, Bills 34
The third quarter saw the Bills continue to expand their lead. Let's see if they can close this one out.
Jaguars 10, Bills 27.
Start of the fourth quarter.
It was already getting ugly before, now the points are raining down.
Another bad pun. I can't help it.
Anyways, Lindell banged home a 50-yarder to extend the lead to 17.
Jaguars 10, Bills 27.
Uh oh. Stevie Johnson is walking to the locker room now. I'll stay on it.
Perhaps feeling the pressure or just understanding basic logic, Mike Mularkey opted to go for it on the 39-yard line and only need four yards.
The Jags weren't successful, but it was still the right move.
Have some fun. The season is effectively over. Now is the time to try and build for the future. Don't play scared.
I liked it.
Regardless, Bills ball with a 14-point lead.
Two plays after the penalty, Fitzpatrick found Stevie Johnson in the end zone for the game's second passing touchdown.
Do the two correlate with each other? Probably not, but you can't ignore the impact of these penalties.
Jaguars 10, Bills 24.
These protect-the-quarterback penalties, while good intentioned, are getting ridiculous.
Babin hit Fitzpatrick a split-second after he released the ball without touching his head. However, the refs erred on the side of caution and threw the flag.
Instead of facing 3rd-and-10, the Bills got a new set of downs inside the red zone.
We've reached halftime in Buffalo and the action has been surprisingly steady.
Neither team has been able to pass the ball as the Bills (88 passing yards) have a slight edge over the Jags (80). However, the big difference has been the rushing game as Buffalo has twice as many yards on the ground (74 to 36).
Henne has struggled mightily in the rain. He's completed just five of his 15 passes for a quarterback rating of 53.7. We'll see if he can get anything going in the second half.
Otherwise, the Jags will need plenty of turnovers to stay alive.
The Bills weren't able to pick up a first down and settled for a Ryan Lindell field goal.
Some curious play calling. Buffalo has had Fitzpatrick rush at least twice and he isn't sliding at all.
Jaguars 10, Bills 17.
Mario Williams might not have had the year many of the fans had envisioned, but he just stripped Henne and recovered the fumble.
The Bills have the ball on the Jacksonville 14.
All Scott Chandler does is catch touchdown passes. He now has six on the year.
The Bills are back on top.
Jaguars 10, Bills 14.
This lead may be short lived.
Marcus Easley returned the ball 55 yards and another 15 were tacked on thanks to a late-hit penalty. After a direct snap to Brad Smith, the Bills are on the 13-yard line.
No Jennings, no problem.
On 2nd-and-goal from the one-inch line, the Jags busted out the old play-action bootleg and Henne walked in untouched.
Jaguars 10, Bills 7.
While Owens has looked decent in relief, this isn't good.
The Jags lost Rashad Jennings with a concussion. He's out for the game.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) December 2, 2012
Just a thought.
There has been a lot of speculation that the Jags should have traded for Tim Tebow. The premise being that Tebow would get butts in seats and bring in some extra revenue.
However, would Jacksonville even entertain a Tebow-for-Chad-Henne trade offer? I'm not so sure.
A couple mistakes cost the Jaguars a first and goal from the three-yard line.
The first was a personal foul for unnecessary roughness after a nice run from Montell Owens. Then Justin Blackmon dropped a third-down pass.
Regardless, the Jags settled for a Josh Scobee field goal.
Jaguars 3, Bills 7.
Paul Pozluszny has come back to haunt the Buffalo Bills. This has all the makings of a curse!
Alright. Probably not. But he did just pick off a Fitzpatrick throw.
Jacksonville has just reached the red zone. However, Rashad Jennings is down and looks to be in some serious pain.
The first quarter has passed and the action has been limited to one Bills drive. The weather affected each offense at the start, but both teams seem to be adjusting.
Jaguars 0, Bills 7.
Start of second quarter.
The Jags actually looked like they were putting something together. Henne was slinging again and Jacksonville picked up a couple long third downs.
Yet, the Buffalo D got it done when needed.
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