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Jacksonville's defence shuts down Buffalo to reach Divisional playoff game

08 January 2018, 01:40 | Ken Black

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Ben Roethlisberger wanted another shot at the Jaguars defense. Be careful what you wish for

The Jaguars defense, which ranks first in the NFL in yards per play allowed (4.6), first in Football Outsiders' efficiency ratings and second in sack percentage, has been out of this world. McCoy was responsible for 33 percent of Buffalo's scrimmage yards this season, which was the second-highest percentage in the league behind Todd Gurley's 36 percent. Bortles scrambled twice for first downs to get within field goal range for Josh Lambo, who connected from 44 yards with 2 seconds left. However, this game always comes down to quarterback play, and their level of playoff success is still likely to largely hinge on Blake Bortles.

Buffalo and Jacksonville are scoreless after the first quarter. McCoy was injured with an ankle sprain during last week's game and was questionable leading up to today, and is now officially listed as active. The Bills got the chance after Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith jumped offside on fourth-and-3, giving Buffalo a first down.

Taylor finished the day with 17 of 38 passes completed for just 134 yards and two interceptions.

Four teams that weren't in the playoffs last season are assured of playing next weekend - Tennessee, Philadelphia and the winners of Jacksonville-Buffalo and Carolina-New Orleans.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on CBS.

Andy Dalton's touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd to beat Baltimore meant the Bills edged into the final wild card spot instead of the Ravens.

The third-seeded Jaguars (10-6) won the AFC South and earned their first home playoff game since January 2008.

If Jacksonville wins, it'll set up a road matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team the Jags beat by 21 earlier in the year.



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