JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 10-3 wild-card playoff loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at EverBank Stadium.
Fun while it lasted: The Bills' season is over. The team far exceeded expectations with its 9-7 record and playoff appearance. It was a heavy underdog against the Jaguars, yet managed to stay in the game right down to the wire.
Run, Blake, run: This game will be remembered most for the Bills getting beat by the legs, rather than the passing arm, of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. He was the game's leading rusher with 88 yards. That was one more than he had passing.
Tyrod's exit: A scary scene happened with 1:17 left in the game when quarterback Tyrod Taylor's head bounced hard off the ground at the end of a 2-yard run. He exited the field to be evaluated for a concussion. Rookie Nathan Peterman finished the game in Taylor's place, and his interception was the final offensive play of the Bills' 2017-18 season.
First-half snooze fest: The respective offenses, and especially the quarterbacks, were downright pathetic in a first half that hardly looked like inspiring playoff football. The only points came on an exchange of field goals.
Piling up those postseason points: Stephen Hauschka became the fourth active kicker to reach his 20th field goal in the postseason.
So much for the sore ankle: Despite playing on an injured ankle, LeSean McCoy managed to generate 100 yards from scrimmage in the postseason for the first time in his nine NFL seasons.
McCoy also had a couple of decent runs, including a 25-yarder early in the third quarter that was the longest of his career in the postseason. That surpassed his 14-yard gain at Dallas on January 9, 2010.
Big loss: The Bills suffered a huge loss in the third quarter when Pro Bowl safety Micah Hyde left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. Colt Anderson took over, but he, too, left the game after suffering a shoulder injury. Shamarko Thomas took over the rest of the way.
Counting the house: The Jaguars announced that they distributed 69,442 tickets. Most of the seats were filled, with white Jaguar towels being twirled throughout the stadium.
However, Bills fans occupied many of them. They invaded this town in a big way. The Jacksonville media and other locals were amazed by the show of force from the Bills' faithful. They really shouldn't have been. It's what Bills fans do, right?
Up next: Clean-out the locker room. Hey, at least it happened a week later than anyone expected.