Jaguars defense leads way to 10-3 win over Bills

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It won’t go down in the record books as one of the finest offensive performances the football world has ever seen, but the Jaguars won’t be complaining about the result of Sunday’s game against the Bills.

The Jaguars defense gave up one field goal all afternoon and the offense was able to put together one touchdown drive in the third quarter, which was enough to give Jacksonville a 10-3 win in their first playoff game since 2007. The game ended when Jalen Ramsey intercepted Nathan Peterman with 26 seconds left to play in the game. Peterman was in because Tyrod Taylor had to leave after his head slammed into the ground when he was wrestled down by defensive end Dante Fowler.

Jacksonville will be in Pittsburgh in the divisional round next weekend and will be hoping for a repeat of their regular season meeting with the Steelers as they won 30-9 behind five interceptions of Ben Roethlisberger.

Given their offensive output on Sunday, they may need that kind of performance to keep their season going. Blake Bortles went 12-of-23 for 87 yards to become the fifth quarterback since the merger to start and finish a playoff win while throwing for under 100 yards. It’s not a new experience for the Bills, whose last playoff appearance ended with Steve McNair throwing for 76 yards in the 22-16 loss to the Titans best known for the Music City Miracle.

Bortles was effective running the ball, however. He ended the game with 88 rushing yards to join Michael Vick, Bob Griese, Tom Matte and Otto Graham as quarterbacks who ran for more yards than they picked up through the air while winning a postseason game.

The Bills never took the ball away, although there were a couple of near misses on Bortles passes, and their offense wasn’t measurably better. They wound up with 263 yards and Sean McDermott will be second-guessed for not running the ball after a Jaguars penalty set the Bills up with four downs from the 1-yard-line in the second quarter because LeSean McCoy, gimpy ankle and all, was the best thing the Buffalo offense had on Sunday.

Taylor, who may have been playing his final game for Buffalo, was intercepted once and averaged fewer yards per attempt than Bortles. That inability to pick up chunks of yards and the Jaguars defense made it almost impossible to envision a Bills comeback after the Jaguars got the ball into the end zone.

The Steelers should provide more of a challenge for the defense, although the story of the Jaguars season has been that the unit can deliver exactly what’s needed to overcome any offensive ineptitude.

115 responses to “Jaguars defense leads way to 10-3 win over Bills

  1. Well done Jacksonville.

    I do think that last “interception” hit the ground and was moving; so that was a bad call – but no excuses. I don’t think the Bills were gonna win it at that point anyways…

    Y’all won that fair and square. Congrats!

  2. So long to the most undeserving and useless playoff team since the 7-9 STL Rams. The Buffalo Bills at no point in your rambling, incoherent game were you even close to anything that could be considered a Professional Football Team. Everyone in this country is now dumber for having to watch you play on National TV. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul. See you in the Playoffs in 2040.

  3. The Bills and their fan boys reached their ultimate goal of making the playoffs this century.

    Buffalo, where the bar is so low, it’s lying on the ground.

    Just lose baby.

    Hats off to Doug Marone for getting out of Buffalo, pocketing $4 million and making the Jags a good team.

  4. Playoff football and we have to watch Bortles and Taylor. In the AFC does anyone really want to see anything other than Pittsburgh at New England?

  5. Jax might not be the worst team ever to win a playoff game, but Blake Bortles is definitely the worst QB. What an awful game between 2 awful teams.

  6. Wow, Buffalo waited 17 years for that performance? I hope it’s another 17 years until they’re back again.

  7. Bills get in the playoff by default and it showed… Jags HAVE TO beat the Steelers next week and prove last time was not a fluke if they want people to believe they even have any chance at the title!

  8. What an ugly game. Bortles is not this team’s future if he can’t be trusted to throw. It’s going to be up to the Steelers to stop the Pats from the Super Bowl since we know the Pats will steamroll the Titans

  9. If the Jags are counting on Big Ben throwing 5 INTs again so they can win they should rethink that. I doubt that will happen. More than likely it will be Bortles time to lose the game.. He hasn’t played well in about a month.

  10. This was a Playoff Game? I wouldn’t have watched it on any given Sunday during the regular season. Other than NE & Pittsburgh, the AFC is about a weak a conference as I’ve seen in decades.

  11. How in the world does Riveron rule that Ramsey INT
    a catch, but overturns the Jesse James TD ?

    How does the Reg miss a guy diving into Taylor’s
    Legs from behind?

    I’d be pretty upset if I was a Bills fan.

  12. First two days off “playoff” football has been ugly as sin. My God I hope the NFL is better next year. We’re going to be doomed to another Pats super bowl

  13. I was rooting for you, Bills fans. At least you made it to the dance this year. As long as you’re going forward and not backwards, you’re doing pretty good.

  14. Not sure how you can gauge any defense against that wholly inept Bills offense. Not a shred of creativity, Taylor couldn’t throw an accurate pass to save his soul and penalties when a play or two were made. Horrible, horrible football.

  15. Buffalo scored 3 points and yet somehow covered the spread in a playoff game. That’s how much both of these teams suck.

  16. Haven’t watched a lot of Jax this yr. JR amsay and MJack are unbelievable. Bills are making progress. Get a QB.

  17. Sean McDermott will learn that he can’t outcoach anybody unless he has a QB. Kyle Shanahan was also a rookie head coach. He started out the season 1-10 and looked like a rookie coach. Then they acquired Jimmy Garoppolo and ended the season on a 5-0 run. Shanahan looked a lot smarter. Shanahan didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff or to the playbook. They made no other personnel changes except the QB. Sean, coaching is easy when you have a good QB. If your scouts are telling you you’re picking too late to get one of the good QB’s, you better find some better scouts. There will be a couple very good QB’s still on the board when you pick.

  18. The good news for both of these teams is that they now have a enough video to confirm that they both need new QBs in 2018 if they hope to contend.

  19. A playoff game in which neither team had an offense or even a quarterback…tough to watch that.

  20. Moudabo says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    How in the world does Riveron rule that Ramsey INT
    a catch, but overturns the Jesse James TD ?
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    Anyone not wearing a Terry Bradshaw bib could see that the ball rotated 90 degrees in Jess James’ hand and was laying on the ground. Obvious call.

    Ramsey’s INT was too close to overturn as it did appear his hand was under it.

  21. That was a terrible playoff game. Two great defenses and two horrible offenses. Steelers should have no trouble beating the Steelers unless Big Ben throws a bunch of picks again. Oh and that was not an interception Bills should have had one more chance.

  22. patsfan112 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Okay…but when does playoff football start

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    Jax is going to walk over Pittsburgh then over your sorry team. Minnesota/ Jacksonville SB

  23. Nothing in that game is game is going to cause anyone in Pittsburgh to lose any sleep.

    Wow the professor made a mistake……

    I don’t see the Jags beating the Steelers this time.

  24. Now you know why the Bills head coach benched Taylor in the beginning of the year. Should he have done it at that point? No, but he knew what we all saw today.Tyrod Taylor will never beat a good team in the playoffs. He will play well here and there but does any Buffalo fan really think he will beat any tough playoff team? No way.

    As far as the Jags, enjoy it while you can. Bortles isn’t beating any real team either. That was just awful today.

  25. NFL playoff games are over saturated, as is the mentality of a football fan to watch this game for a full sixty minutes.

  26. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    Nothing in that game is game is going to cause anyone in Pittsburgh to lose any sleep.
    +++++++++++++
    Thinking like this is this will get you beat if your in the steelers organization. Good teams never sleep on their on their opponents.

  27. This game proved how watered down the AFC is except for NE & Pitt. At least we will now have a better Saturday night game next week.

  28. Blake is awful but the defense is good enough to beat the Patriots in a low scoring game. The Giants did it twice in the Super Bowl shutting down tom brady. The 2001 ravens did it with an awful qb.

  29. Both offenses were terrible. Can’t catch. Can’t read a defense. Bad calls at the wrong time. At least Bortles made up for it with a few big runs. Buffalo has a lot of work to do. Eli will look pretty decent in whatever those Jags colors are next year LOL

  30. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t see the Jags beating the Steelers this time.
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    I see the Jaguars embarrassing Ben again and picking him off 3-4 times.

  31. I’ve seen a lot of Tyrod Taylor so knew what to expect there. I guess I haven’t really seen much of Bortles. Always heard how bad he was but figured it was just piling on. They won 10 games after all. Good gravy, he might be the worst QB I’ve ever seen and I lived through the Scott Secules era in NE.

  32. Bill Bixby says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    First two days off “playoff” football has been ugly as sin. My God I hope the NFL is better next year. We’re going to be doomed to another Pats super bowl
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    Don’t be mad that other owners and coaches dont hold their teams accountable like kraft and mainly Belichick do.

  33. Now you know why the Bills head coach benched Taylor in the beginning of the year. Should he have done it at that point? No, but he knew what we all saw today.Tyrod Taylor will never beat a good team in the playoffs. He will play well here and there but does any Buffalo fan really think he will beat any tough playoff team? No way.

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    Taylor isn’t the answer, but he was and is still better than Peterman. You only bench someone if you have a BETTER option.

  34. linemanguy74 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    Jags one offensive TD in the last 3 games ? That will scare the heck out of Steelers

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    If I remember the game right, the Jags offense didn’t really need any offensive TDs to beat the Steelers…

  35. Funniest thing I saw on Twitter was that the best QB in the stadium was up in the broadcast booth.

  36. Don’t worry folks. The Jags won’t be back in the playoffs anytime soon. The Colts and Texans were on IR all year and the Titans are getting better. It’ll be basement time for the Jags next year.

  37. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I see the Jaguars embarrassing Ben again and picking him off 3-4 times.

    Sounds like a very nervous Pat’s troll.
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    Well, we are nervous. Patriots fans are hoping for a Steeler win so we can avoid having to face that stingy Jacksonville defense, but I doubt Ben will have any more success against these guys than he did the last time.

  38. Where was the flag for tackling Taylor by his neck and then another Jaguar DT falling on top of him. Dirty players in Jacksonville! Can’t wait to see this sleaze team lose.

  39. Kirk Cousins must’ve loved watching that game. Two teams whose quarterbacks pretty conclusively showed they’re hopeless. I’m not saying Cousins is great but someone’s gonna give him money to be an upgrade over an inadequate incumbent.

  40. skawh says:
    January 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Where was the flag for tackling Taylor by his neck and then another Jaguar DT falling on top of him. Dirty players in Jacksonville! Can’t wait to see this sleaze team lose.
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    You’re not allowed to tackle a guy around his neck? Since when? And does this new rule that only you know about also prohibit grabbing a ball carrier by his arms and legs?

  41. Romo was AWFUL as an announcer in this game! He is so overrated! “10 second runoff….10 second runoff…” Listen to me constantly making weird audible noises during the slo-mo replay!

  42. walker1191 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I see the Jaguars embarrassing Ben again and picking him off 3-4 times.

    Sounds like a very nervous Pat’s troll.
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    Well, we are nervous. Patriots fans are hoping for a Steeler win so we can avoid having to face that stingy Jacksonville defense, but I doubt Ben will have any more success against these guys than he did the last time.
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    Yeah and that high powered Jacksonville offense. Your fooling no one. You don’t want to play the Steelers again………..without help from the zebras. Add the two loses from the Jets and Steelers from the regular season the patriots may be playing today. The patriots are an above average team right now that was handed home field advantage.

  43. walker1191 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Yeah and that high powered Jacksonville offense. Your fooling no one. You don’t want to play the Steelers again………..without help from the zebras. Add the two loses from the Jets and Steelers from the regular season the patriots may be playing today. The patriots are an above average team right now that was handed home field advantage.
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    You have got to be kidding. The Steelers we run over by Jacksonville, barley got past Cincinnati, Baltimore and a Green Bay team led by Brett Hundley. They scare no one, and they have no chance – zero, none – to beat NE in the playoffs. If that is indeed the match up, I’ll take NE 40-20.

  44. walker1191 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    skawh says:
    January 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Where was the flag for tackling Taylor by his neck and then another Jaguar DT falling on top of him. Dirty players in Jacksonville! Can’t wait to see this sleaze team lose.
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    You’re not allowed to tackle a guy around his neck? Since when? And does this new rule that only you know about also prohibit grabbing a ball carrier by his arms and legs?
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    That tackle appeared reckless and intent on doing bodily harm, that’s what I’m saying. Seattle lost TWO players this season, permanently, due to neck injuries. You can’t use your leg’s or arms after a serious “neck injury.” Fool

  45. Pretty sure a lot of your teams are at home Haters gonna Hate. Good game Bill’s Fans you all are a class act .. On to Pittsburgh …. if Dilfer can win a Super Bowl so can Bortles just sayin…..GoJags

  46. Both teams had good Defenses but what can’t be overstated is how bad both QBs were. In the 4th Quarter, Romo kept showing the Jags D playing cover 4 and guys getting open and Tyrod just missed them. And when his guys were open, he missed the pass. Yes, defenses were good but wow.

    For people who keep wondering why the NFL ratings are down, it’s because there is so much poor QB play in a league that has made it extremely easy for the QBs to flourish.

  47. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    walker1191 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I see the Jaguars embarrassing Ben again and picking him off 3-4 times.

    Sounds like a very nervous Pat’s troll.
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    Well, we are nervous. Patriots fans are hoping for a Steeler win so we can avoid having to face that stingy Jacksonville defense, but I doubt Ben will have any more success against these guys than he did the last time.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++=
    Yeah and that high powered Jacksonville offense. Your fooling no one. You don’t want to play the Steelers again………..without help from the zebras. Add the two loses from the Jets and Steelers from the regular season the patriots may be playing today. The patriots are an above average team right now that was handed home field advantage.

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    Well if it makes you feel any better Belichick is telling the team pretty much the same thing, or he will if it comes to that. But first he is explaining to them why they should consider themselves huge underdogs agains Tennessee.

    You guys kep patting yourselves on the back, you deserve it.

  48. 904primetime says:
    January 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Pretty sure a lot of your teams are at home Haters gonna Hate. Good game Bill’s Fans you all are a class act .. On to Pittsburgh …. if Dilfer can win a Super Bowl so can Bortles just sayin…..GoJags
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    I love how Jag’s homers think they’re even appearing in a SB with Bortles, much less winning one. But hey, it’s good to dream.

    That Tampa Bay defense was one of the best ever…the Jag’s D is not on their level. Keep dreamin’!

  49. The AFC wildcard games have been so bad that they might as well not even play next week and just have the Pats and Steelers play the AFC Championship game instead.

  50. joetoronto says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    The Bills and their fan boys reached their ultimate goal of making the playoffs this century.

    Buffalo, where the bar is so low, it’s lying on the ground.

    Just lose baby.

    Hats off to Doug Marone for getting out of Buffalo, pocketing $4 million and making the Jags a good team.

    Another well thought out and articulated comment from the Toronto Troll- Just get a life baby !!

  51. logicalvoicesays says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    So long to the most undeserving and useless playoff team since the 7-9 STL Rams. The Buffalo Bills at no point in your rambling, incoherent game were you even close to anything that could be considered a Professional Football Team. Everyone in this country is now dumber for having to watch you play on National TV. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul. See you in the Playoffs in 2040.
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    I have never met someone so incoherent to the game of football as LogicalVoice… just no clue whatsoever.

  52. skawh says:
    January 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    That tackle appeared reckless and intent on doing bodily harm, that’s what I’m saying. Seattle lost TWO players this season, permanently, due to neck injuries. You can’t use your leg’s or arms after a serious “neck injury.” Fool
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    Football is a dangerous game, but no one has ever said that tackling a ball carrier by the neck was a penalty, and called for a flag, including anyone else watching that game today, or commentating on the telecast. Honestly, it sounds like you are the fool.

  53. Bills fans never expected to win more than 6 games this year- they clearly played beyond fans, so-called experts and coaches expectations- kuddos for ending the drought- next step- get in an win a playoff game….News for the Jags- Playoff Pittsburgh is a different animal than regular season Pittsburgh- Just don’t see Bortals generating any meaningful Offense in this one….Predictably…it will be the Steelers VS Pats in the AFC Championship

  54. First of all, just wanted to say thank you for the Buffalo Bills for a great season, never would of thought that. Never expected it. We are in a great spot and set up for the future. I know that Tyrod is just a average QB, pretty much a 2nd string QB, but he is way better than Blake Bortle Bustales. That dude stinks. Pittsburgh will destroy them next week. Bortles couldn’t hit the side of a barn. I was pretty darn fast in high school, you can look it up, or go to the high school and see the trophies. I would bet my life that I could still beat him in 40 yards at my age and the Bills could not stop this loser. I had fun this season. Who the heck gets beat by Bake Bortles? Dude stinks, hands down. But Buffalo did me proud.

  55. joetoronto says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    The Bills and their fan boys reached their ultimate goal of making the playoffs this century.
    Buffalo, where the bar is so low, it’s lying on the ground.
    Just lose baby.
    Hats off to Doug Marone for getting out of Buffalo, pocketing $4 million and making the Jags a good team.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    Hats off to you and your 18 ID’s that you post on all Bills threads. I’m still here, but you were never here when the Raiders were getting pounded week after week, not a peep. Hats off to you for being 60 years old and trolling Bills threads for every single day of your life. You have nothing in Toronto, nothing, fun thing is, everyone knows it. We make fun of you.

  56. Jaguars fans, until you like Seattle have done either of the following:

    Been the 2nd defense, after Seattle, since the 1950s Browns to lead the league in points allowed for 4 straight years, OR, won a Super Bowl

    Don’t brag about how great your defense is. To do so is a poor reflection on your team, and your fan base.

  57. &billswillnevermove says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm
    First of all, just wanted to say thank you for the Buffalo Bills for a great season, never would of thought that. Never expected it. We are in a great spot and set up for the future. I know that Tyrod is just a average QB, pretty much a 2nd string QB, but he is way better than Blake Bortle Bustales. That dude stinks. Pittsburgh will destroy them next week. Bortles couldn’t hit the side of a barn. I was pretty darn fast in high school, you can look it up, or go to the high school and see the trophies. I would bet my life that I could still beat him in 40 yards at my age and the Bills could not stop this loser. I had fun this season. Who the heck gets beat by Bake Bortles? Dude stinks, hands down. But Buffalo did me proud.

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    Are those next to Al Bundy’s Trophies.

  58. skawh says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Jaguars fans, until you like Seattle have done either of the following:

    Been the 2nd defense, after Seattle, since the 1950s Browns to lead the league in points allowed for 4 straight years, OR, won a Super Bowl

    Don’t brag about how great your defense is. To do so is a poor reflection on your team, and your fan base.
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    What year are we talking about?

  59. From a Bills fan, hats off Jacksonville. You were the better team today. Your D line dominated. Calais Campbell is the real deal.

  60. walker1191 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    skawh says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Jaguars fans, until you like Seattle have done either of the following:

    Been the 2nd defense, after Seattle, since the 1950s Browns to lead the league in points allowed for 4 straight years, OR, won a Super Bowl

    Don’t brag about how great your defense is. To do so is a poor reflection on your team, and your fan base.
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    What year are we talking about?
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    So you’re not a true NFL fan, and don’t even know Seattle’s defense has been the only NFL team since the Browns of the 1950’s that led the NFL in points allowed. Understood. Good luck with that!

  61. Kudos as well to the officials who turned the blind eye to pass interference, horse collar, and unsportsmanlike (helmet toss) infractions in the final minutes.

  62. I watched the first half of this game in a packed bar, by halftime the place was empty.
    Kirk Cousins has to be feeling pretty good about his future contract.

  63. joetoronto says:

    The Bills haven’t won a playoff game in 24 years, not even ONE.
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    Looks like the last raiders playoff win was in January, 2003. Give or take a few years, what’s the difference Joe? It’s been a long time for both teams!!

  64. skawh says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    So you’re not a true NFL fan, and don’t even know Seattle’s defense has been the only NFL team since the Browns of the 1950’s that led the NFL in points allowed. Understood. Good luck with that!
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    To be a true NFL fan I need to immerse myself in the stat sheet and memorize meaningless statistics that do not correlate to winning? I’m sorry, but I think that is ridiculous.

  65. skawh says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    So you’re not a true NFL fan, and don’t even know Seattle’s defense has been the only NFL team since the Browns of the 1950’s that led the NFL in points allowed. Understood. Good luck with that!
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    Newsflash! No one cares about Seattle or any one of the other 24 2017 squads who no longer exist. Shouldn’t you be worrying about the draft by now instead of worrying about a team that already wrecked your sorry squad this year? Bye Seattle!

  66. Wow that was just rotten offensive football not good defense. That would have been a rotten regular season game. But it was the AFC playoffs.

  67. Moudabo says:
    January 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    How in the world does Riveron rule that Ramsey INT
    a catch, but overturns the Jesse James TD ?
    =
    Both were correct calls. James ball was clearly rotating in one hand while on the ground. The INT looked clean if real time and slo mo.

  68. Taylor “was wrestled to the ground” on the play he was concussed???

    Put it this way — if the defender had been Vontaze Burfict, the wording would have been a little different. Like, “his head was viciously slammed to the turf in an apparent attempt to injure.” Which is in fact what happened.

    Except the illusion that there is only one truly dirty player in the league must be maintained.

  69. The Jags would be absolutely unstoppable with Alex Smith or Kirk Cousins at QB. They should do whatever it takes to get one of them in the offseason.

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