JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN Sports) – The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills 9-6 in their first home game since their victory over the Dolphins in London on October 17th, bringing their record to 2-6 on the season. The Jaguars secured their first victory on U.S. soil since game one of the 2020 season. Today’s game truly put the “foot” in football, with 5 field goals representing the only scores of the game.
The Jaguars’ K Matthew Wright, who was the hero of the game in England three weeks ago, put the first points on the board with a 39 yard field goal. The Bills followed with a scoring drive culminating in a 24 yard K Tyler Bass field goal, to tie the game at 3-3, which remained the score at the end of the first quarter.
The Bills added another field goal, a 41 yarder by Tyler Bass, putting them up 6-3. But Matthew Wright soon had the home crowd cheering with a 55 yard field goal, tying the game 6-6. Some anxious moments just about three minutes before halftime, as number one draft pick, rookie QB Trevor Lawrence had to be helped off the field with an ankle injury after being accidentally stepped on by teammate LT Walker Little. Lawrence was replaced by QB C.J. Beathard. Fortunately, Lawrence was able to return to the field just a few plays later, though his first play back ended in a Carlos Hyde fumble. An unusual moment on the Bills’ scoring drive, as QB Josh Allen was sacked by the Jaguars’ OLB Josh Allen, which caused some chuckles in the press box. The score remained 6-6 at the half.
Jaguars SS Rudy Ford intercepted a Josh Allen pass about five minutes into the third quarter, exciting the hometown fans. But the scoring drive ended with Matthew Wright missing three consecutive field goal attempts for 42 yards, 47 yards, and 42 yards (due to back-to-back penalties). The Bills’ next drive ended with Jaguars OLB Josh Allen getting his first career interception on a pass by Bills QB Josh Allen. The third quarter ended with the score still tied 6-6.
Matthew Wright redeemed himself with a 21 yard field goal about three minutes into the fourth quarter, putting the Jaguars ahead 9-6. The next two scoring drives ended with punts. Bills QB Josh Allen fumbled the ball on the next drive, and Jaguars OLB Josh Allen recovered the fumble, in what became an ongoing theme throughout the game, of Josh Allen vs. Josh Allen. The Jaguars successfully stopped a Bills scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, securing the 9-6 victory.
Attendance was 63,110, with a seemingly high number of Bills jerseys in the stands. Trevor Lawrence passed for 118 yards. Carlos Hyde was the Jaguars’ leading rusher with 67 yards. Dan Arnold led the team with four receptions for 60 yards. The Jaguars head to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.