ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick directed five straight scoring drives in helping the Buffalo Bills keep alive their slim playoff hopes with a 34-18 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Bills head coach Chan Gailey said his team played well Sunday afternoon. "There were a lot of good things that happened in that ball game in all three phases. You hold a team to one-for-ten on third down and do a good job on third down yourself. Get a kickoff return at the time you need it. Some good things happen all around. That is why we won the ball game. We had all three phases doing well. Not perfect, not great but doing well."
Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard plunge in providing a spark to an injury-depleted offense that finished the game minus its top two receivers.
Starter Stevie Johnson did not return after hurting his left hamstring in the third quarter, while Donald Jones was out due to a calf injury. Fitzpatrick said "we're not in the most ideal situation but we lose today's game we know we're out. If we continue to win like we did today and we've got some home games coming up, if we continue to win these games we're going to have a chance at it. And I think everyone in the locker room knows that." Johnson who said he expects to be okay for next Sunday's game against St. Louis echoed Fitzpatrick's thoughts. "What we can control is these next games. That's pretty much what we have on our mind."
Fred Jackson had 101 yards rushing and C.J. Spiller scored on a 44-yard run that put Buffalo (5-7) up 34-10 early in the fourth quarter. Jackson said he was glad the ground game was working so well because it takes the pressure off of the passing game." Well it's good. You know its going to be one of those games, you know it's got to be ground and pound game. To come out and establish early and take some pressure off the offense and Fitz, is always a good thing. For me to get back out there and get established, it is a long time coming. You know it's a big lift off my shoulders. I can keep building from there."
The Jaguars (2-10) were unable to carry over much momentum a week after snapping a seven-game skid with 24-19 win over Tennessee. Quarterback Chad Henne scored on a 1-yard run and also completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts III.
Former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny had an interception as he returned to the place he started his NFL career. " I mean, it's great to be back here in a sense because there's so many good people, great people, that you get to see from the organization, guys that you played with, and then it's different playing against your buddies, you know what I mean? Guys that you came in as a rookie, they were older guys and they helped you out, now you're competing against them and being on the opposite sideline, it's different and it always will be."
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