During the entirety of its 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game, the Bills' offense looked like it was running plays from inside that pool, under water. The Steelers led the National Football League with a franchise-record 56 sacks, one more than the Jaguars.
The AFC South Champion Jaguars (11-6) will visit the AFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) at Heinz Field in an AFC Divisional Playoff Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Steelers should have All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown back in the fold after he missed the last two games of the regular season with a calf injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Buffalo's starting quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, completed just 17 of 37 passes for 134 yards and an interception.
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was knocked out of the game with 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter when his head slammed to the turf while he was being tackled by Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler.
Rookie Nathan Peterman, who hadnt played in four weeks, came in and converted on fourth down with a scramble, then threw a 14-yard pass to the Jaguars 38.
The hero of the game we're going to celebrate instead: Blake Bortles and his rarely-before-seen rushing ability.
Bortles had a poor day throwing, but managed to scramble for a career-high 88 rushing yards. They were awarded three first downs on penalties and had the ball at that one-yard line where they elected to try to throw which resulted in an offensive pass interference call on Kelvin Benjamin which backed up Buffalo to the Jacksonville 11.
But, he has his first career playoff win.
It was one of the Jaguars' best defensive performances of the season, and it came in the biggest game the franchise played in a decade.
Now with their first lead of the game, the Jaguars' defense continued to apply the pressure on the Bills offense, forcing Buffalo to punt three consecutive times after the touchdown. That is about the most poetically justified ending to the Bills' season.
Despite it being a road game, the Bills and their raucous fans were in full force inside EverBank Field and outside of the tailgate lots. Taylor rushed for 27 yards on seven carries.
The idea that the Jaguars can go into Pittsburgh and win next weekend exists nearly exclusively because of the defense.
Ben Koyack caught the game-winning touchdown from Blake Bortles on fourth and goal (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today) More Buffalo magic?
The first half was filled with rough offense, especially for the Jaguars. They limited Jacksonville on the ground, stuffing Leonard Fournette to just 16 first-half yards. He had one more yard rushing than passing.
Buffalo had more success (148 yards), but failed to cash in on a first-and-goal opportunity at the Jaguars' 1-yard line.
The drive stalled from there and they had to settle for a Stephen Hauschka 31-yard field goal at the end of an 18-play, 71-yard drive that took 8:06. Jacksonville scored on a 44-yard field goal by Josh Lambo before halftime. The scoring drive was led by a handful of big Bortles' runs before he capped the drive off with his lone TD pass of the game.