Instant analysis of Bills disappointing 10-3 wild-card loss to Jaguars


"I live now, in the moment", he said after the Buffalo Bills were eliminated from the playoffs with a 10-3 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Stadium.

Buffalo got two first downs and seemed to be on the move, but an intentional grounding penalty would give Buffalo a 2nd and 20.

But that didn't concern Marrone.

A scoreless first quarter set the pace for a game where Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles racked up more rushing yards than passing.

A gutsy call by coach Doug Marrone kept the offense on the field for fourth-and-goal from the 1 after running back Leonard Fournette's attempt to jump over the line of scrimmage on third down resulted in no gain.

Whether you look at total yards, 3rd down efficiency or the number of Bortles' short passes lost to his inability to throw into the wind, the Jaguars offensive performance was less than stellar.

On Sunday afternoon, the Jacksonville Jaguars secured their first win in the postseason since the Wild Card Round back in 2007. He'll now take his talents to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoffs next weekend.

"When you run for more yards than you throw for, that tells you all you need to know", Theismann said. "It's a hard time".

This falls in line with what we're hearing from the Central Florida football program after it finished the season as the only undefeated FBS team. When considering 87 of those yards came from Bortles, it's clear the rushing attack as a whole could've done a lot better, even with the box being stacked at times. "I was trying to figure out the wind a little bit, but it's part of football. It will be a factor next week, I'm sure, in Pittsburgh so it's not an excuse".

After an incompletion in the end zone on third down, Vonn Bell sacked Newton on a safety blitz, ensuring the Saints (12-5) swept all three meetings with Carolina (11-6) this season, in addition to winning their first play-off game in four seasons.

"We embrace that role of kind of being the protectors, but if it comes down to the defense, we feel confident with the job", said Jack.

The Bills finally put together an impressive drive, but it ended with a loud, irritating thud. But we could have won this game. Between play calling and execution, they couldn't get out of their own way. He blocks out all the noise. It's like, 'Hey, what do you like about him?' I say, 'He's tough, both mentally and physically'.

-Jaguars CB A.J.

Whether we want to admit it or not, Blake Bortles is an unpredictable variable - which is progress from where we thought he'd be right now. It was cool to be able to do this in front of our home crowd in Jacksonville, our stadium. They've been able to do it all year long, and they did it again today. "We just didn't find a way to hold them to zero points to win the game".

Under head coach Sean McDermott, that is perhaps the most important quality that this team now possesses going forward. That's his greatest characteristic, to me, when people ask me. We got a playoff point.