The Buffalo Bills played in spurts against the equally erratic Jacksonville Jaguars, but it was enough for a 27-20 victory.
The Bills capitalized after Aaron Williams interception of Chad Henne’s second pass and Dan Carpenter kicked a 42-yard field goal 1:50 into the game.
Rookie QB EJ Manuel’s interception then led to Josh Scobee’s game-tying 32-yard field goal midway through the first quarter, and the Jaguars went ahead 10-3 on the first play of the second when Ace Sanders caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Henne.
The Bills then came to life in the second quarter and scored on back-to-back drives. The first was a nine-play, 94-yard gem, longest of the season, that ended with Manuel hitting Robert Woods with a seven-yard scoring pass. The Bills then marched 72 yards in eight plays the next time they got the ball, and Manuel capped that with an eight-yard run on a designed quarterback keeper.
Jacksonville was driving for a late-half field goal, but Nickell Robey forced and recovered a fumble, and seconds later Carpenter kicked a 40-yard field goal after Jacksonville’s Josh Evans was flagged for a 31-yard pass interference penalty. That gave Buffalo a 20-10 halftime lead.
Jacksonville stormed back to tie when Scobee made a 55-yard field goal in the third, and Chad Henne tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis on the first play of the fourth quarter.
But Manuel put together a nine-play, 80-yard drive, culminating in a one-yard touchdown pass to Frank Summers with 9:35 left to play.
The Jaguars drove to the Buffalo 1 later in the fourth quarter, but Henne was picked off in the end zone by Stephon Gilmore with 3:15 to go, and then the Bills turned back Jacksonville’s final possession.
Buffalo is now 5-9 and will host the Miami Dolphins in their final home game on December 22nd.
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