The stakes were high on Sunday for Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars fans, who hadn’t seen their teams in the NFL playoffs in several presidential administrations. And the Wild Card matchup between the two franchises remained close throughout, making for a nail-biter for those invested in the game.
The national media’s reaction, meanwhile, was less enthusiastic.
The lack of scoring – and offense, in general – in the Jaguars’ 10-3 win over the Bills turned the game into a yawner for many national observers.
Former NHL star and current NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick went so far as to call it the “worst playoff game in NFL history.”
Blake Brutles and Tyrod the terrible battling to win the worst playoff game in NFL history Reminds me why Nhl playoffs are the best. #boring
— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) January 7, 2018
Here’s a sampling of some of the other tepid reaction to the game:
There have been worse NFL playoff games than this. But none immediately jumps to mind. #BUFvsJAX
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 7, 2018
2017 you: “The football isn’t as good as it used to be when I was growing up!”
2018 you, confronted by a game straight out of 1994: /vomits
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 7, 2018
Easily the the worst QB play I've ever seen in a playoff game.
— Bonta Hill (@BontaHill) January 7, 2018
Bortles/Taylor. Forget stats. Worst QB matchup in a playoff game since _________.
— Christopher Harris (@HarrisFootball) January 7, 2018
That Bills sequence reminded me of exactly what Scott Hanson talked about when I asked him to describe the worst teams to watch on the RedZone channel. pic.twitter.com/jfeAAkgMbE
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 7, 2018
CBS has cancelled Jags-Bills.
— Jason Gay (@jasongay) January 7, 2018