Final

Bills 27

(5-9, 2-5 away)

Jaguars 20

(4-10, 1-6 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 15, 2013

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 3 17 0 727
JAX 3 7 3 720

Top Performers

Passing: C. Henne (JAX) - 237 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Todman (JAX) - 25 CAR, 109 YDS

Receiving: R. Woods (BUF) - 5 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

EJ Manuel acconts for 3 TDs as Bills handle Jaguars

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- EJ Manuel followed the worst game of his career with the best.

Call it progress, maturity or resiliency. The Buffalo Bills hope it's a little of each.

The rookie threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading the Bills to a 27-20 victory against the banged-up Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Manuel bounced back from a four-interception performance at Tampa Bay last week and left his college state with his first win in five road starts.

The former Florida State star didn't do anything spectacular, just dinking and dunking the Jaguars for 193 yards. He also ran for 37 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Still, it was his first three-TD game at this level.

"I think that's a part of the maturation as an offense, especially us young guys and the skilled positions," Manuel said.

Manuel completed 17 of 24 passes. Robert Woods caught five of them for 82 yards, including a 7-yard score. Scott Chandler added five receptions for 54 yards.

The Bills (5-9) turned the game twice, once at the end of the first half and again in the fourth quarter.

Buffalo scored 10 points in the final 2:14 before halftime, taking a 20-10 lead into the locker room. The Jaguars (4-10) rallied to tie it in the fourth, evening the score on Chad Henne's 13-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis.

Manuel answered, though, capping an 89-yard drive with a 1-yard TD pass to fullback Frank Summers. With it, Manuel set the franchise's rookie record for touchdown passes with 11.

"He learns from snap to snap," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "You're seeing a quarterback that's involved in a process that's getting better and better. We've seen times when he's played very, very well."

Jacksonville was in the game all day despite playing without leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew, leading receiver Cecil Shorts III and starting left guard Will Rackley.

The Jaguars were in position to tie things up late, but a series of miscues proved costly. On first-and-goal from the 1, they lost 4 yards on Jordan Todman's run wide. Henne followed with two horrible throws, one receiver Mike Brown batted down to prevent an interception and another one Stephon Gilmore picked off in the end zone with 3:15 remaining.

Henne said he threw the pass to Brown because he was being held and expected a flag.

It never came.

"You've got to throw it or they're not going to see who the receiver is," Henne said. "If you don't throw it, they don't call it. My job is to throw it where he's supposed to be and obviously they didn't see it."

Still, the Jaguars had one final shot, getting the ball back with 1:46 remaining, but failed to pick up a first down.

Henne was sacked for the fifth time on the final drive, giving Buffalo an NFL-leading 49. That also tied the franchise record set in 1995.

"We've been in these types of games throughout the year and have come up on the short side of it," Marrone said. "I give the players credit for hanging in there today because we came up on the side we want to be on."

The Bills had lost five of their last six, including three in a row on the road.

Jacksonville, meanwhile, had its three-game winning streak come to an end.

"It was a game of missed opportunities," Jags coach Gus Bradley said. "We didn't play like we're capable of playing, whether it was a fumble, interception, things like that. In the locker room, our hearts are broken right now because of this, but I felt like our spirit is not."

Few outsiders gave Bradley's team a chance because of the injuries. Things got worse when backup guard Michael Brewster broke his left ankle in the first half.

Along with Henne's late interception, the play Jacksonville will point to is Denard Robinson's fumble near the goal line early in the third. Aaron Williams knocked the ball loose for the Bills, and it rolled through the end zone for a touchback.

"Definitely a bad taste in your mouth after the performance out there as a team today," Jaguars left tackle Cameron Bradfield said.

Equally alarming for Jacksonville was Buffalo's 198 yards rushing. Fred Jackson had 80, and C.J. Spiller added 67. The gashing ground game opened things up for Manuel.

"This game just shows how good EJ can be," Jackson said. "He had a rough game last week. It was something he put on himself that he has to play better. He came out and did that. "

Game notes


Both teams were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Miami's win. ... Bills DT Marcell Dareus (ankle) and SS Williams (ribs) left the game. Marrone had no update on either starter. ... Jaguars LB Geno Hayes left the game twice with injuries, but returned both times.


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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
JAX
1st Downs2522
Passing 1st downs
1011
Rushing 1st downs
129
1st downs from penalties
32
3rd down efficiency
5-138-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays7272
Total Yards366354
Yards per play5.14.9
Total Drives1412
Passing168195
Comp-Att
17-2421-36
Yards per pass
6.04.8
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-255-42
Rushing198159
Rushing Attempts
4431
Yards per rush
4.55.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-32-4
Penalties7-676-80
Turnovers24
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:3527:25

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manuel17/241938.0214-25
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne21/362376.6225-42

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson17804.7019
Spiller13675.2018
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Todman251094.4033
Robinson22814.0024

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Woods58216.4120
Chandler55410.8027
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis45413.5125
Harbor35217.3028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFJAX
bufFG13:15Dan Carpenter 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 0:48
30
jaxFG8:11Josh Scobee 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yds, 1:48
33
SECOND QUARTERBUFJAX
jaxTD15:00Ace Sanders 12 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 3:33
310
bufTD7:12Robert Woods 7 Yard Pass From Ej Manuel (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 94 yds, 4:05
1010
bufTD2:19Ej Manuel 8 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 3:27
1710
bufFG0:02Dan Carpenter 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 3 plays, 39 yds, 0:26
2010
THIRD QUARTERBUFJAX
jaxFG4:48Josh Scobee 55 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yds, 2:05
2013
FOURTH QUARTERBUFJAX
jaxTD13:56Marcedes Lewis 13 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 55 yds, 2:25
2020
bufTD9:40Frank Summers 1 Yard Pass From Ej Manuel (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:15
2720