Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

LeSean McCoy Active for Wild Card

LeSean McCoy Active for Wild Card

Embalm it in turpentine, set the kindling beneath at that precise point and let the matches fly. The Jaguars defeated the Steelers 30-9 on October 8 at Heinz Field. They lined up in the same formation, just flipped on my side so I figured they were running the same route.

The Jaguars will play at Pittsburgh at 1:05 p.m. next Sunday. Receiver/punt returner Jaydon Mickens (hamstring) also left the game.

The Jaguars (11-6) will try to prove it wasn't when they return to the Steel City next week.

Indeed, only six coaches with a playoff win have a worse career win-loss ratio than Mularkey and it's frustrating to think what might have been for Maritoa's development in particular had he been replaced by an offensive mind like Josh McDaniels.

Sunday's Wild Card game stands as a continuation of a Jaguars season where the win was all that mattered. When you play the best pass defense in the league, your team is most likely going to have a hard time passing the ball.

"We get to play again".

Blake Bortles rushed for more yards than LeSean McCoy or Leonard Fournette. But McCoy had gotten the Bills down inside the 4-yard line, earning 41 of the Bills' 68 yards on that drive to that point.

Even with a weak offense, Sean McDermott brought the Bills back to being relevant.

Whether you look at total yards, 3rd down efficiency or the number of Bortles' short passes lost to his inability to throw into the wind, the Jaguars offensive performance was less than stellar.

Well, at least with his legs, Bortles was Brunell-like.

Half of the league (16/32 teams) averaged more than 226 passing yards per game in 2017, Jacksonville only allowed five QB's to pass for more than 226 yards against them this season. Atlanta's Michael Vick also did it against the St. Louis Rams in the 2004 playoffs. "Usually, I like my quarterback to slide and not get hit". "We said, 'If we go out there and get seven points, we'll handle business and get the job done'".

You never know how the big stage will affect teams and athletes when they've never been there before. It didn't help that Bortles misfired early and often. "It moved the ball a couple of times", Bortles said. "You go out and something is not right, you don't have a fastball, you don't have a curveball". You've got to find another pitch to land to be successful and get guys out. "That's kind of the same thing playing quarterback".

While the 27-year-old Dareus told reporters he doesn't "have anything against the Bills organization", he isn't exactly a fan of the two men who made a decision to trade him - general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. "He battled in there, and it wasn't easy for him".

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.

Kickoff from Heinz Field is at 1:05 PM EST on Sunday, with the game being televised on CBS.

Jacksonville, which won the AFC South title and the No. 3 seed for the AFC playoffs, advances to a conference semifinal next weekend at No. 2 Pittsburgh. Jacksonville players standing on the sideline pointed to Clay's feet, and coach Doug Marrone threw the challenge flag.

Triplette said that the play ended the moment the pair came into contact, citing forward progress from the Titans' quarterback as the reason which is, well, wrong.

"There's not a lot of people outside of [12-year veteran] Marcedes [Lewis] that have ever seen the stadium like that".

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