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(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Jacksonville 18, Buffalo 15
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Sims-Walker's three-yard TD catch in the final minute of regulation lifted Jacksonville over Buffalo, 18-15, at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
David Garrard finished 21-of-30 for 215 yards and the key touchdown throw for the Jaguars (6-4), who have won three straight games.
Sims-Walker finished with 91 yards and the score on eight catches while Maurice Jones-Drew was limited to 66 yards rushing on 25 attempts but scored once.
"What a great comeback victory today," said Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. "Good football teams have to find a way at the end of ballgames to win. We got the score we needed, got the two-pointer we needed, and the defense did its job when we needed at the end."
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 18-of-31 for 297 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Bills (3-7), who have dropped three in a row and could not produce a win in Perry Fewell's head-coaching debut. Fewell was named to the post Tuesday after the Bills fired Dick Jauron.
"I spent most of the week with all levels. It's an emotional loss for sure. They battled to the very end but didn't get it done," Fewell said about his first game at the helm. "It wasn't about me. It was about us. I don't know it was hard, but it was exciting. I was into the game for 60 solid minutes and they (players and coaches) made it easy for me."
The loss spoiled Terrell Owens' best game with Buffalo, as he racked up 197 yards and one score on nine catches, including a career-best 98-yard touchdown reception.
Trailing by five, Jacksonville appeared poised to take the lead back midway through the fourth after reaching the Bills' 21, but Garrard was stripped on a rush and Buffalo recovered at the 20. However, the Jags defense held the visitors to a three-and-out.
Starting from their own 32 after the punt, the home team moved 68 yards in 12 plays and took a 16-15 lead with 56 seconds remaining as Garrard found Sims- Walker in the back of the end zone. Garrard's conversion run then pushed the lead to 18-15.
Owens picked up a first down on a 15-yard catch to the Jags' 46 on the first play of the Bills' drive. A spike and two incompletions preceded Anthony Smith's interception off a tipped pass on 4th-and-10 to wrap up the game.
Sean Considine's snag of Fitzpatrick's pass on the first series of the game gave the Jags the ball on the Buffalo 28 and Josh Scobee capped the drive with a 29-yard field goal.
Rian Lindell hit from 26 yards to put Buffalo on the board with 4:36 to play in the first quarter, then his 28-yarder moved Buffalo in front 6-3 with 1:59 left.
The Jags followed up by going 78 yards in 12 plays over 7 1/2 minutes and took a 10-6 lead on a three-yard run by Jones-Drew early in the second. Lindell was good from 22 yards out on the final play of the half for a 10-9 game.
Buffalo's first drive of the second half began at the two before Fitzpatrick unloaded deep and found Owens in stride for a 98-yard touchdown and a 15-10 lead after the conversion pass failed.
Buffalo outgained Jacksonville in the loss, 343-310...The Bills converted only 3-of-11 third downs while the Jags capitalized on 9-of-15 tries...Both clubs play next Sunday, with Jacksonville heading to San Francisco and Buffalo hosting Miami.
11/22 18:10:53 ET
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