What a crazy roller coaster the 2017-2018 season was. Like any NFL season, it’s not always going to be pretty, there will be ups and downs. The season certainly had its downs, like the losses against the Panthers and Bengals, and who could forget the three-game losing skid in the middle of the season.
But, the season also had its highs. The Bills were often seen as the underdog and knocked off potential playoff teams like the Falcons, Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs and Dolphins not once but twice.
But most importantly, who could forget the Bills finally making the playoffs after a 17-year drought.
The longest pro sports playoff drought in North America was snapped on New Year’s Eve thanks to a miracle throw and catch touchdown by Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver Tyler Boyd. The miracle sent the Bills into the playoffs for the first time since 1999. And just like that the Bills had themselves a date with the Jacksonville Jaguars on wild card weekend.
Well, Sunday finally came. I was there at EverBank Field in section 440, row 5, and in seat 7. I was ready and the other 20,000 Bills fans that were in attendance were too.
What a matchup it was going to be. These two teams have had some history together, the 28-21-win last year and the 34-31-loss in London. Jim Kelly’s last playoff game and last game as a Bill was also against the Jaguars, which saw the Jaguars defeat the Bills 30-27 in the 1996 playoffs. Handing the Bills their only layoff loss at home.
The game featured a slew of former Bills facing off against their old team. Jaguars head coach and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone squared off against his old team. The game also featured the likes of Paul Posluszny, playing in his first ever playoff game against the team that drafted him in the second-round of 2007.
Lastly, the game featured the third overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft Marcell Dareus, playing against his former team in his first playoff game after he was traded mid-season to Jacksonville due to his lack of effort.
Like the Bills season the game had its ups and downs. At times, it looked good for the Bills but most of the time myself, my friends and other Bills mafia members were in a panic as the momentum kept shifting back and forth between the two teams.
The Bills first playoff game in 17 long years was one to forget as Buffalo was only able to put up a measly 3 points and couldn’t seem to get anything going on offensive side of the football. The Bills fell 10-3 to the Jaguars in their first playoff game in 17-years. Here’s 5 reasons why the Bills lost to the Jaguars.