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National Football League playoffs continue with Bills-Jaguars, Panthers-Saints

National Football League playoffs continue with Bills-Jaguars, Panthers-Saints

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) celebrates intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Blake Bortles had an terrible afternoon throwing the football. "But we never really got into a rhythm", Marrone said after the win.

Shortly before the 2017 trade deadline, the Jacksonville Jaguars acquired defensive tackle Marcell Dareus from the Buffalo Bills for a conditional draft pick.

The Jaguars, who rank No. 6 in offense and No. 5 in points scored (417), have been more reliant on rookie running back Leonard Fournette.

Taylor was tended to by the team's medical staff on the field. His quarterback rating was a modest 75.8, not in Peyton Mannings class, but, again, Jacksonville plays next weekend. Ben Koyack caught the game-winning 1-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-and-goal in the third-quarter from Blake Bortles to lift Jacksonville to a 10-3 victory. The Jaguars defense had an absolute gem of a performance against the Bills. The defense can not be praised enough for the effort against the Bills, as it was as dominating a playoff performance as you will see.




Drew Brees - who completed 23 of 33 for 376 yards - aired the ball out late in the first, with Ted Ginn Junior picking it up on the Panthers' 40 and sprinting into the corner for an 80-yard touchdown, with Brees also finding Josh Hill on a nine-yard pass in the second to put the Saints up 14-3. Taylor was hurt while scrambling on third down when his head was slammed to the turf, delaying the game for several minutes. Nate Peterman came in the game on a fourth-and-3 and he rushed for four yards for a first down.

Punters are typically ignored during playoff games but Nortman kept the Bills in less-than-optimal field position for the majority of the game. Taylor is among the NFL's best in terms of ball security. That has to be the top priority.

The Jaguars will stick around in the playoffs for at least one more week. While the Jaguars have the NFL's second-best defense, the Steelers have the league's fifth-ranked unit.

Each team attacked the Jaguars over the middle, forcing defenders to keep track of their assignments in the busiest area of the field, leading to mismatches, miscommunication and overall mistakes.