The Jaguars have found that magic touch late in games as of late, and due to that and a big effort from David Garrard in the end they have their first three-game winning streak in nearly two years after an 18-15 win over the Bills Sunday at home.
The Jags move to 6-4 on the year, and stay in the race for a wild card in the AFC. 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 hold down Maurice Jones-Drew, as he had 66 yards and a score.
“It’s just something that continues to give this team, this offense, confidence,” Garrard said. “You’re not going to get it every time, but when you do, you’ve got to relish it, learn from it and understand what it’s like to be in that moment.”
Garrard directed a 68-yard scoring drive when it mattered for the Jaguars. He managed a similar come-from-behind effort last week against the Jets.
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. “Any given play, we can make it happen,” Garrard said. “Guys know when we get in that situation it’s not a loss. It’s an opportunity for us to go make the plays to get the win. When I walk into that huddle, you can see it in everybody’s eyes. Nobody has that glassy-eyed look. Everybody’s focused and ready to roll.”
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, saving the win. The Jags are on the road next week to play the 4-6 49ers.