In a game dominated by stellar defense, which made it especially difficult for each team's aerial attack, the Bills couldn't afford to drop many passes against the Jaguars.
Unfortunately, Buffalo was credited by Pro Football Focus with three drops in their playoff loss.
LeSean McCoy, Deonte Thompson and Nick O'Leary were the culprits, and two of the three drops came on crucial plays in the game.
Thompson dropped a pass on 2nd and 6 with 56 seconds remaining in the second quarter that would've put the Bills in a 3rd and short situation. On the next play, Zay Jones was stopped a yard short of a first down, which resulted in a punt. The Jaguars ended that drive with a field goal that tied the game 3-3 going into halftime.
O'Leary's drop came in the third quarter after a 25-yard run by LeSean McCoy gave the Bills a 1st and 10 at the 50-yard line with the score 3-3.
While the pass was slightly behind the veteran tight end, it didn't force him to contort his body much to get both hands on the ball. Had he made the catch, it would have resulted in a nine-yard gain. O'Leary did take a shot to the chin from linebacker Myles Jack after the pass was falling incomplete.
McCoy's drop came later in the game on a first down play that went through his hands on an angle route across the middle on first down. A defender was waiting for McCoy, so the play would've resulted in a minimal gain when the Bills were down by seven points in the fourth quarter.
During the regular season, Pro Football Focus labeled the drop rate for Tyrod Taylor passes at 5.2 percent, which equated to the 16th-lowest rate among qualifying quarterbacks.
On 37 attempts against the Jaguars, Taylor endured three drops, which equated to a 8.1 percent drop rate, the third-highest figure among the eight quarterbacks who participated in wild-card weekend.
Jacksonville pass-catchers were credited with just one drop on Sunday.
(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
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