Rex Ryan and Blake Bortles have distinctly different takeaways from the Buffalo Bills' 34-31 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars last year at London's Wembley Stadium.
Ryan continues to harp on the phantom pass-interference call that referee Terry McAulay made against defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman on third-and-15 with 2:59 left that kept alive a Jaguars drive that ended with the winning touchdown.
"It was ridiculous and we all know it," Ryan said Wednesday, as the Bills began to prepare in earnest for their rematch against the Jaguars Sunday at New Era Field. "I mean, it's third-and-15. So now it's going to bring up a fourth-and-15. You get off the field, the game's basically over. That was a tough one, there's no question. You go all the way to London to have it come down to that? You battle all the way back (from a 27-3 deficit). It's still in there for me, I'll tell you that much.
"And I see the guy that made the call, I still see him (McAulay worked the Bills' victory at Cincinnati last Sunday). You're never going to assault somebody, but you think about it."
Bortles doesn't quite sympathize with Ryan.
"I think certain things kind of stick with you throughout the game and if that's what sticks with (Ryan) ...," Bortles said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters covering the Bills. "What sticks with me is the fact that we even let them back in the game. It shouldn't have even been a game. It should have been a blowout. So what sticks with me is the fact that we even had to score at the end of the game to win it. We shouldn't have even had to do that."