In a game that won’t go down as an ESPN Classic, the Bills were unable to find that big play at the end on defense, eventually allowed a game-winning touchdown, losing to the Jaguars 18-15. The Bills fall to 3-7 on the season, but showed plenty of life in Perry Fewell’s debut as Bills coach.
The game winner came with just 56 seconds left, as Jags QB David Garrard threw a touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker from three yards out to put Jacksonville ahead. The Bills defense did a great job against Maurice Jones-Drew, holding him to 66 yards and a score.
They also pressured Garrard and managed 300 yards of offense for the first time in two months. But Garrard directed a 68-yard scoring drive when it mattered for the Jaguars (6-4). He managed a similar come-from-behind effort last week against the Jets.
The problem was the Bills couldn’t run the ball at all, putting up 53 yards on 19 carries, and they couldn’t keep the ball, as they had it for just 23:36 to 36:24 for Jacksonville. Terrell Owens caught nine passes for 197 yards, including a team-record 98-yarder for a score. It was his best outing with the Bills, who have lost three straight and six of eight.
The 98-yard score put the Bills up 15-10 in the third quarter. It was a lead they would hold to the very end, till Garrard turned on his magic again. “All for nothing when you don’t get the win,” Owens said. “I’m glad for the opportunity to make big plays, what I’ve always wanted to do. We came up short.”
Fitzpatrick threw for 297 yards. He moved the Bills into Jacksonville territory in the closing seconds, but his fourth-down pass to Owens was tipped and then picked off by Anthony Smith. The Bills are at home this week to take on the Dolphins.