Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, a Bartram Trail grad, ran for 4 yards on the ensuing fourth-and-3 play.
As a passer, Bortles finished Sunday's matchup 12-of-23 for 87 yards and a touchdown, which was only good for an average of 3.78 yards per pass. Bills starter Tyrod Taylor left the game with an injury earlier on the final series. On the Jaguars' first seven possessions, they punted six times and gained only 110 total yards. An intentional grounding penalty on the next play was followed by a Jalen Ramsey interception.
As for the upcoming divisional game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville has to do more than make a few subtle adjustments to the offense.
Bortles did the rest on the ground, scrambling for first downs and helping Jacksonville win its first playoff game at home since the 1997 season.
Bortles was an underwhelming 6-of-15 passing for 33 yards and needed receiver Dede Westbrook to break up a pass to avoid throwing an interception.
His best throw of the day came late in the third quarter when he hit tight end Ben Koyack for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Jaguars up 10-3.
The table was set for the Bills' first playoff win since 1995, but quarterback Tyrod Taylor was not able to take advantage.
Bortles was the main issue, but wasn't the only one as the offensive line and Leonard Fournette didn't show up today. Neither quarterback was able to find a rhythm in the first half, at times Blake Bortles looked downright bad throwing the ball. However, the Buffalo offense looked flat and lifeless throughout the game.
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The Jaguars scored five plays later.
Imagine the Steelers planning to beat Bortles with pass defense, but he just runs all over them again.
He managed just 75 yards rushing and 44 yards receving and when he finally broke free - darting and diving for a 39-yard gain - he was pulled back after one of his team-mates was penalised.
The Bills got away with that many times during the regular season but poor play calling will never win a playoff game. The Bills lined up for a 21-yard chip shot but were gifted a first down with a Jaguars neutral zone infraction. Receiver/punt returner Jaydon Mickens left with a hamstring injury and did not return.
The Jaguars are not a big misdirection running team, but needing a boost, they gained 16 yards on their only touchdown drive. As it turned out for Jacksonville, their best offense was Blake Bortles scrambling out of the pocket, which led directly to their two scoring drives.
"The competition is great", Goodell said. Only two quarterbacks were more successful running on first down. "But I think it's going to be fun".
It was enough Sunday, at least with a defense this stingy.
New Orleans Saints held off a late comeback bid by the Carolina Panthers to prevail 31-26 victory in their NFC wild-card encounter. It's also possible that the Bills will cut Taylor loose and commit to a quarterback they draft in April.
Despite the complaints, a win is a win and the Jaguars are on to Pittsburgh. That, and the numbness of living through harsh western NY winters.