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LeSean McCoy focused on here and now after gutting through ankle injury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — LeSean McCoy was in no mood to talk about the future Sunday.

"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. "The moment is we could have won this game."

McCoy did his part, rushing 19 times for 75 yards and catching six passes for 44 yards while playing on a gimpy right ankle.

"I’m proud of the way LeSean rose to the occasion," coach Sean McDermott said. "He battled in there, and it wasn’t easy for him, but he put a good week in in terms of getting himself ready to go."

McCoy was questionable coming into the game after being carted off the field during the Bills’ Week 17 win over Miami, but teammates had little doubt he would be on the field.

"It doesn't surprise me," center Eric Wood said. "He's one of the best competitors I have ever been around. That's what makes him so successful in this league."

"He's a warrior," guard Richie Incognito said.

McDermott said on the Bills' radio broadcast before the game that McCoy was operating at about 80 percent.

"When you’re out there, you don’t think about it," McCoy said. "Just a little pain though. Overall, I think it was solid. It’s not the reason we lost. We just didn’t play well."

In the end, Bills' offense created usual heavy burden for defense

Bills fans would have preferred McCoy got 20 carries Sunday. With the team looking at first and goal from the Jaguars’ 1-yard line in the second quarter, quarterback Tyrod Taylor opted to throw a fade route to Kelvin Benjamin instead of running the ball. Benjamin was called for offensive pass interference and the Bills eventually had to settle for a field goal.

"I thought we were going to run it," McCoy said. "I don’t really fight that battle if we should have run or if we shouldn’t have because if we catch the ball and we score everybody is happy. If I run it and I don’t get it, I second guess it. … We need to score there no matter what it is. That’s the part of the game that hurt us the most."

Starting with a second-and-2 play from the Jacksonville 4-yard line, the Bills attempted to throw on three straight plays, the last of which was the play Benjamin was penalized.

"We probably should have run at least one of them on the 2-yard line,” McCoy said. “Even if it was myself or if it’s Mike Tolbert, I think we should have ran it one of those times. Then again, it’s not my call. I don’t judge it because there’s times where I don’t think we should do something and we do it and it works out.”

McCoy has still yet to win a playoff game in his decorated career. That’s why he was in no mood to look ahead Sunday.

"I don't know if it's a building block or not,” he said. “We made it here, 17 years, to get into the playoffs, that was cool. But we could have won this game. This was big today. I wanted to win this game and get it rolling. We've got a solid team. A great defense. We have playmakers. So I don't care about the building blocks."

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