You know what happens when you stumble ass-backwards into the playoffs? You put up just three measly points and an L against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round.
And the fact that the Jags only put up ten points against the Buffalo Bills is just baffling to me as well.
Anyway, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills just wrapped up a snooze fest of a Wild Card game, with the Jags squeaking out a W by a score of 10-3. The Jags fans were rocking, Bills Mafia was probably drinking, and the rest of the fans watching at home were probably sleeping.
Let’s just take a look at how bad it was, shall we;
First Quarter: 28 plays, 5 punts between both teams. The beginning of this game basically made me question my life choices for a full 15 minutes of games time. I was asking myself; “Will this get any better?” “Should I even bother watching, or press on?”
And sure enough, I made the bone head decision of pressing on.
Second Quarter: WE FINALLY GOT POINTS ON THE BOARD. Steven Hauschka of the Buffalo Bills kicked a thirty-one yard field goal with 1:49 left to go in the half. BUT, this was after this dumpster fire of a game was stoked a little more.
The Bills were going for a field goal about a minute prior on the SAME DRIVE, when Jacksonville was called for a neutral zone infraction. This resulted in a first down for the Bills.
But the football gods would not allow us fans to see a touchdown, oh no! After the neutral zone infraction, the next minute + of gametime consisted of offensive pass interference, a sack for -2 yards, and two incomplete passes by Tyrod Taylor. And since the Bills decided to squander away one of the best opportunities they had, they ended up settling for the field goal.
After that, in a “somewhat” less ugly series, the Jags were able to convert for 3 points with 2 seconds left in the half to tie the game heading into halftime.
Third Quarter: Forty two seconds left in the third quarter. That’s when we saw the FIRST TOUCHDOWN of the game. After a fifteen play, 8:52 drive, Blake Bortles fired a touchdown pass to Ben Koyack to take a 10-3 lead.
And this play would end up being the final score of the game.
Fourth Quarter: Who knew that Nathan Peterman coming into this game would create the most drama of the afternoon? Don’t get me wrong, he still threw a pick as expected. But the fact it was fourth and two, Tyrod Taylor went down, and it was all up to Peterman just raised the intensity.
Peterman was able to convert the 4th and 3 with a 4 yard run. And, he got another first down with a fourteen yard snipe to Thompson.
However, the Nathan Peterman we were already accustomed to stood up and made himself known. After going no huddle, Peterman was rushed by the Jaguars defense, which caused a short pass and an intentional grounding. Ten yards and a ten second runoff were enforced for the penalty.
Then, to just cap off the misery, Peterman throws a pick to Jalen Ramsey to seal the game and punch the Jaguars ticket to the next round.
Overall: It was a garbage game all around. I am hoping and PLEADING that this is the final dumpster fire of the playoffs. I don’t think I can sit through another snooze fest like I just did today.
I mean, look at Blake Bortles’ stat line for crap sake! He threw for just 87 yards and a score while LEADING THE GAME in rushing with 88 yards on 10 carries.
It was just a terrible game all around. The Bills had no reason for being in this game, and the Jaguars are not playing like a third seed.
In the end, expect the Steelers to win next week. Jacksonville’s defense will do their best to keep Big Ben and co. in line. But, in the end, Jags got no chance.