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Points after: Bills 34, Jaguars 18

By Tim Graham

Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' easy 34-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars this afternoon in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills got one step closer to avoiding a losing record. They are 5-7 with four games to play and still mathematically alive in the AFC wild-card race.

Star of the game: Running back Fred Jackson didn't score a touchdown, but he was Buffalo's offense for much of the game. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for only 112 yards. Jackson ran hard, with 25 carries for 109 yards. It was Jackson's first triple-digit game since Nov. 13, 2011, against the Dallas Cowboys.

Stat line of the game: C.J. Spiller's garish average looked like it was going to take a huge hit this week. He had only 32 yards on his first 12 carries. Then he broke a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give Buffalo a 34-10 lead. He ran 14 times for 77 yards.

Play of the day: On the Bills' opening possession, with a second-and-20 situation from their own 48-yard line, Fitzpatrick floated a pass about 40 yards through the raindrops. T.J. Graham got behind Jaguars cornerback Kevin Rutland, made the catch and fought his way to the 1-yard line for a 51-yard gain. Fitzpatrick ran the ball over the goal line two plays later for the game's first points.

Preliminary injury report: Bills cornerback and return man Leodis McKelvin left the game in the first quarter with a back problem. ... Bills right tackle Chris Hairston departed in the third quarter with an ankle injury and was replaced by Sam Young. ... Wide receiver Stevie Johnson came out with an apparent left hamstring injury in the third quarter. ... Bills center Eric Wood went into the locker room with an apparent left knee injury. ... Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings suffered a head injury in the second quarter and didn't return. ... Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts suffered a head injury in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

Coming up: The Bills will play the St. Louis Rams next Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Good seats still available.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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