FIRST QUARTER -- First TD Taylor made
Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor did not look like a man with 10,000 yards of tread on his NFL tires in the first quarter.
Taylor burst through a hole in the middle of the Bills' defensive line on the Jaguars' first possession and rumbled 50 yards for the game's first touchdown.
Bills defensive tackle John McCargo penetrated into the backfield on the play, but a gap on the right side of the Jaguars' line did not get filled. A quick cut by Taylor to the right created a big lane, and no Bills touched the 10-year veteran.
Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 228-pounder, has surpassed 1,100 rushing yards in six of his nine seasons and ranks 21st on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 10,221 yards. But he never has made the Pro Bowl.
The Jaguars have outscored opponents, 61-33, in the first quarter this season.
Key plays: The Bills shot themselves in the foot on the Jaguars' first punt of the game when they had 12 men on the field. The Jags rushed their punt team onto the field and quick-snapped the ball. The last Bills defender did not hustle off to the sideline fast enough. The 5-yard penalty gave the Jags a first down, and the Taylor touchdown came on the next play.
SECOND QUARTER -- Good things in threes
Despite a rocky start, the Bills' defense settled down and kept the team in the game.
The defense held firm in the red zone late in the first quarter to force a field goal. The Jags drove to the Bills' 8 early in the second quarter, but Bills safety Bryan Scott stuffed Maurice Jones-Drew for a 7-yard loss on a third-and-1 play to force another field goal.
The Jags threatened to break open the game late in the half when they had a first-and-10 at the Bills' 15. But John McCargo batted down a pass, and Terrence McGee made a sure tackle of Ernest Wilford after a catch at the 4 with time running down. Another field goal made it 16-7, but the Bills were still alive.
Key play: Anthony Thomas used good second effort to score on a 10-yard swing pass.
Second guess: J.P. Losman hit just one pass of more than 15 yards in the first half. The Bills had to find a way to do better than that.
Mr. Red Flag: Bills coach Dick Jauron threw the challenge flag and got the officials to overturn a 24-yard Jaguars completion down the middle. Jauron has challenged six plays and been successful on five of them this season.
THIRD QUARTER -- Perfect for Parrish
After poking, prodding, bobbing and weaving for 43 minutes, the Bills finally got a big play.
Receiver Roscoe Parrish took a reverse around left end and scooted down the sideline for a 24-yard touchdown run. The play pulled the Bills within 19-14 with 1:29 left in the quarter. It was the perfect call. Parrish got a big block from left tackle Jason Peters on Jags cornerback Brian Williams. Lee Evans made a good crackback block on a linebacker 10 yards downfield.
"It was a good call and guys did a good job blocking," Parrish said. "Lee did a good job, and the key block we needed was Jason Peters. He did a good job of getting out on the corner."
Key play I: The Bills got a fortunate bounce to gain possession on the Jacksonville 45 to set up the Parrish TD. A Brian Moorman punt took a hop backward and hit the foot of Chad Nkang, who had his back to the ball and was making a block. Justin Jenkins recovered for the Bills.
Key play II: Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams stuffed Maurice Jones-Drew for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-2 play from the Buffalo 4 to force another field goal.
FOURTH QUARTER -- Wasted opportunities
The Bills could not have asked for more.
Through three quarters, they were outgained, 317-152, and outperformed in first downs, 18-10. Yet they still had two chances to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
The first chance ended when J.P. Losman threw an interception over the middle for Josh Reed. The second ended with three incomplete passes near midfield.
Jacksonville then supplied the knockout punch. David Garrard threw a 59-yard TD pass to Reggie Williams, and Maurice Jones-Drew ran 17 yards for an icing-on-the-cake score.
Unheralded: The Jaguars' kickoff coverage unit entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL, holding foes to an average drive start of the 23-yard line. The Bills' kickoff return team had no luck against the Jags. On eight kickoff returns, the Bills' average drive start was their own 22.
Second guess: The tight ends could not make much of an impact, despite the Jaguars' zone defense tactics. Robert Royal had just one catch for 5 yards and Michael Gaines had one for 19. Garrard worked his tight ends well. They contributed seven catches for 69 yards to keep the chains moving.