One of the memories from Sunday's Buffalo Bills playoff loss will be the end of the first half.
The Bills had a chance to take a 7-0 lead and had a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line after a penalty.
Rather than a running play, the Bills threw a pass in the corner of the end zone to Kelvin Benjamin. He was called for offensive pass interference, moving the ball to the 11. The Jaguars stiffened and the Bills had to settle for a field goal. The Jaguars then answered with a field goal for a 3-3 tie at halftime.
Being a running back, McCoy wanted the ball.
"During the week we had plays set up and if we get the matchups we’ll take it," he said. "Then concerning that No. 20 was out there, I thought we were going to run it. He is a hell of a player but we didn’t run it. 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, and I do score everybody is excited. We need to score here no matter what it is. If I was running it or we are throwing it, whatever it was he’s practicing the same reps. The same situations in the week. That’s the part of the game that hurt us the most.”
McCoy also confirmed the call was a pass option play.
"We run it twice," he said. "We probably should have run at least one of them on the two-yard line. 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. Vice versa. I want a running play. It was a play I was lobbying for the whole time and it didn’t work. So, I understand.”
Here is Benjamin on the play: “It was a simple fade route. I came off the ball. All I did was try to come around and catch the ball and they called pushing. You try to move on from it.”
Here is coach Sean McDermott, who conceded that might have been a mistake: "There’s some calls we want back. That’s probably one of them. Just situationally right there more than anything.
"You look at playoff football, it’s usually tight margins, and so you can’t beat yourself. We had some situations today where we had opportunities to move the ball, and we hurt ourselves. We hurt ourselves at times with field position, special teams penalties, and when we get in the red zone, we’ve got to score touchdowns, overall.”
Here is guard Richie Incognito: “That was a big play in the game and if we put it in for a touchdown, it could change the whole tone of the game.”