Run With It: Bortles' Legs, Stingy Defense Propel Jags over Bills

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Bortles was off most of the day, misfiring short and long, but made up for it with 88 yards rushing.

"I don't care what people call it, we got a playoff win", Ramsey said.

In Jacksonville's first home playoff game since 1999, the Jaguars' offense struggled, but produced a scoring drive late in the third quarter that was enough to put the team over the top. He stopped at 23, and decided as Sunday's game wore on that scrambling was more effective than passing. "The status of Bills" running back LeSean McCoy is very important, as is the confidence of Jaguars" quarterback Blake Bortles (five interceptions in his last two games).

Bortles has mostly played well this season, but his critics will point to his sluggish first half.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor completed 17 of 37 attempts for only 129 yards with an interception before being knocked out with 1:17 remaining after a scramble. Still, if Taylor doesn't have the support of his head coach it is best for both the team and Taylor for them to part ways.

With the Bills in the postseason, Bills Mafia stepped their pregame game up outside EverBank Field. In the opening half, this looked like the type of the game the 2017 Jaguars lost because of inept offensive play.

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However, it was a seemingly innocent 9-yard run earlier in the game -- and not by Fournette -- that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's highlighted Tuesday when discussing Sunday's rematch at Heinz Field in an AFC divisional playoff game. "So I wanted to make sure that whatever happened today, if we were going to get beat or if something bad were to happen, it was going to be with us going down swinging and using every option and everything we could". Just. Run. The. Ball. It is the first win for the Jaguars in the NFL Playoffs since the end of the 2007 season. The Jaguars had 55 sacks which ranked second in the league. "I was actually on the ground when I had my little stunner or whatever, and when I was on the ground, I managed to get back up, and he was right there", Fowler Jr. said. Peterman picked up a clutch first down to keep the drive going but the hopes of winning crashed when Jalen Ramsey picked off Peterman on a catch that could have been argued as a deflected pass instead of a turnover. "It was incredible", Bortles said. "It's a cool feeling, but at the same time, we've got bigger goals".

Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, a Bartram Trail grad, ran for 4 yards on the ensuing fourth-and-3 play.

The Bills broke the deadlock when Stephen Hauschka kicked a 31-yard field goal following a mammoth 18-play drive that lasted eight minutes and six seconds, but Jacksonville levelled the scores with a 44-yard field goal from Josh Lambo with two seconds of the first half remaining.

Buffalo tight end Charles Clay also is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. The Jaguars burst onto the national scene this season with a 30-9 win in Week 5 in which they intercepted quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times and returned two for touchdowns.

The Jaguars will play at Pittsburgh at 1:05 p.m. next Sunday.

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