Orchard Park, NY-(WKBW-TV) Jacksonville beat the Bills 36-26 and left the Bills with a 0-5 start for the first time in twenty five years.
Receiver Stevie Johnson caught a 5 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to tie the score 20-20 early in the 3rd quarter... but later in the 3rd, Jacksonville quarterback David Gerrard answered back with a pass to receiver Mike Sims-Walker for the go ahead touchdown.
It was a back and forth battle at "The Ralph" all afternoon.
Chris Brown, lead reporter for the team posted this report on Buffalobills.com:
The Bills built an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but Buffalo could not make it stand up as the Jaguars roared back with 17 unanswered points between the second and third quarters to turn a 13-3 deficit into a 20-13 advantage en route to a 36-26 victory. Buffalo fell to 0-5 on the season, the first time they’ve dropped their first five games since 1985.
The Bills were able to tie the score at 20 with 6:56 left in the third quarter. Donte Whitner recovered a David Garrard fumble on a 4th-and-inches quarterback sneak at the Jacksonville 45. Six plays later, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Steve Johnson on his back side shoulder in the front right corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown reception to knot the game back up.
Jacksonville, however, responded with a touchdown drive of their own, rolling up 53 yards on nine plays with Mike Sims-Walker pulling in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Garrard to regain their seven point edge (27-20).
The Jaguars wound up scoring the next 16 points, adding three straight field goals drives before Steve Johnson pulled in a seven-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes remaining.
Turnovers were a part of the game where the Bills were sorely lacking the first month of the season. Through four games they had just one and were the only team without an interception, but that changed on Sunday. Buffalo’s special teams forced a fumble on kickoff coverage and Andra Davis had an interception on Jacksonville’s first possession. The two takeaways led to an early 10-0 lead.
After their first offensive series went three-and-out, punter Brian Moorman hung a 44-yard punt high allowing his coverage unit to make a play on the Jacksonville returner as the ball arrived. Donald Jones got to Jaguars returner Mike Thomas first and Cary Harris soon followed and jarred the ball loose. Long snapper Garrison Sanborn recovered.
One play later Ryan Fitzpatrick fired a 30-yard laser to Lee Evans in stride down the near sideline for a 45-yard touchdown catch and a 7-0 lead.
Buffalo’s defense then posted their first interception of the season three plays into Jacksonville’s ensuing possession. David Garrard’s pass on a 2nd-and-7 at the Jaguars’ 39 was tipped at the line by Torell Troup. The fluttering ball was then picked off by Davis, who returned it to the Jaguars 30.
The Bills drive stalled thanks in part to a penalty in the red zone forcing Buffalo to take a 29-yard Rian Lindell field goal.
Unfortunately Buffalo could not hold onto the lead. After the Bills defense held the Jaguars to a pair of long field goals to maintain a 13-6 edge, they gave up a touchdown drive with under a minute to play in the half, with Marcedes Lewis scoring on a one-yard touchdown reception on a 2nd-and-goal play to tie the score.
In the end Buffalo’s defense had trouble slowing down the Jaguars balanced attack. Maurice Jones-Drew averaged 4.4 per carry and Jacksonville’s tight end Lewis had a pair of touchdowns as the Bills gave up 30 points or more for the third straight game.
Buffalo will look to right the wrongs of the season’s first five weeks as they are on the bye for Week 6.