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Third quarter analysis: Jaguars fourth-down call pays off with touchdown

The Buffalo Bills' defense nearly came up with a goal-line stand late in the third quarter, but Doug Marrone's gamble paid off as the Jacksonville Jaguars took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter.

After being stopped short of the end zone on three consecutive runs, the Jaguars gambled on fourth and 1 from the 1-yard line. They went with a play-action pass, and Blake Bortles hit Ben Koyack in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. That capped a 15-play, 86-yard drive that used 8:52 of game clock.

The Bills had one full possession in the quarter. It started promising, as LeSean McCoy ripped off a 25-yard run to get the Bills near midfield — it was their longest play to that point and the longest postseason run of McCoy's career. But the Bills' next three plays were a bad drop by Nick O'Leary, a 1-yard loss on a handoff to Mike Tolbert and a throwaway after Tyrod Taylor was flushed from the pocket. The punt gave the Jaguars the ball before their scoring drive.

Hyde injured: Pro Bowl safety Micah Hyde got checked for a concussion during the second quarter but returned to the game, only to have to come back after making a tackle on the next drive. Colt Anderson replaced him. Jags linebacker Paul Posluszny did not return from a hip injury.

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