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Bills offense non-existent in 10-3 loss to Jags in Wild Card round (full coverage)

Buffalo’s first playoff game in 17 seasons proved to be what everyone expected, a defensive struggle. The defensive units for the Jaguars and Bills proved equally effective in limiting scoring opportunities.

Come the third quarter Jacksonville cashed in on what proved to be their only red zone scoring chance when Blake Bortles found TE Ben Koyack on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line near the end of the third quarter. It would prove to be enough in a 10-3 Wild Card victory over Buffalo.

After the Bills offense had to settle for a field goal following a first-and-goal series that began at the one-yard line, Buffalo barely crossed midfield the rest of the game. Their deepest penetration in the second half was the Jacksonville 48 as they never threatened to score again.

Buffalo’s defense played valiantly, particularly on third down where they held the Jaguars to two for 12 on third down conversions and allowed just a single red zone possession.

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PREVIEW

Jaguars top pick Leonard Fournette has more than 300 touches this season, and one could wonder if the rookie tailback is slowing down as the postseason begins. Since Thanksgiving, Fournette’s numbers are down. He’s averaging just 3.2 yards per carry and 60 rushing yards per game in his last five outings. Only four of his 93 carries over that span have gone for more than 10 yards. Read More

MORE BILLS-JAGS COVERAGE (1/6 & 1/7):

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Marrone says his departure from Buffalo is old news (IthacaJournal.com)
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Marcell Dareus is happy, and more mature, in Jacksonville (WROC)
Bills Life: Celebrity fans weigh in on Bills playoff berth (BuffaloBills.com)
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Top 7 Storylines for Bills-Jags playoff matchup

Neither Sean McDermott nor Doug Marrone have been here before—at the helm of an NFL team in the playoffs. But they both know what the postseason looks like.

McDermott has been on the sidelines for 25 postseason games in his career. He was an assistant in 19 of them in his 12-year coaching tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. He helped take Carolina to six playoff games in his six years there as defensive coordinator.

Marrone has seen sideline duty in a total of six playoff games. The first four came while he was the offensive line coach on Herm Edwards staff with the New York Jets. Later, he was offensive coordinator in two games for the 2006 New Orleans Saints who made the playoffs with Sean Peyton as head coach.

READ MORE: Top 7 storylines for Bills-Jags playoff matchup (BuffaloBills.com)

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Bills anticipate physical game with Jaguars

Just like the stakes in a playoff game are higher, the intensity of the play will go up a notch Sunday when the Bills take on the Jaguars in their Wild Card playoff game. In a matchup of two teams with similar philosophies, here are the early impressions of Jacksonville from Buffalo’s players and coaches.

The side of the ball that gets the headlines for the Jaguars is the defense. Ranked second in the league, first against the pass, second in sacks, fourth in third down defense and second in points allowed, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison knows the challenge that lies ahead. Read More

MORE BUFFALO BILLS COVERAGE (1/4):

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