The Buffalo Bills tried valiantly in the second half, but they were unable to knock off the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley. The AFC South team won in London for the first time since they started making the trips over from across the pond by a score of 34-31 against the AFC East side.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was proud of his team's performance at Wembley this afternoon. He believes grit is one of the main reasons why they were able to pick up the victory today.
He said: "I think there's a lot of good things about our team. The grit that we've been talking about, the turnovers on defense, the pressure on the quarterback, the offense coming through. In all three phases there's work to be done but all three phases came through for us in some way or some fashion."
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The Jaguars were able to put pressure on the Bills offense consistently in the first half, achieving three turnovers. However, in the second half, they sat back a little, and the Bills were allowed to score 15 unanswered points.
The Bills defense stepped up during the second half, getting a touchdown of their own thanks to an interception by Corey Graham on Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles in the fourth quarter. However, this wasn't enough, as the Jaguars responded on their next drive to retake the lead with a 31-yard pass by Bortles to wide receiver Allen Hurns. The Jaguars QB kneeled the ball down three times once the Jaguars regained possession to ended the game.
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Hurns commented after the game how important it was for the team to get the win and how the Wembley crowd played their part in helping them achieve just that. The wide receiver finished the day with two receptions from eight targets for 53 yards and a touchdown.
He said after the game: "The atmosphere was crazy, I feel like our fan base is really growing here. For us to get this win means a lot. We hope to continue from this, but it was a great moment."
Bradley and Bortles mentioned after the game that grit was very important towards the team's success today due to their misfortunes in previous games prior to this one. They entered the game with only one win to their name, but they finished the game with another thanks to their perseverance.
One man for Bradley that battled through grit is running back T.J. Yeldon. He was ill yesterday, but he managed to accumulate 115 yards and a touchdown from 20 attempts today, and he was good in the pass protection too. It would be fair to say this was his best performance in the NFL since being drafted earlier this year.
Bradley said after the game: "I thought he (Yeldon) did a great job, not only in running but with protections as well... He made much (with the ball) out of nothing. Give him credit. He's a fierce competitor."
"He was sick yesterday too so for him to come back and play as strong as he did, credit to him."
Now entering their bye week, Bradley said there is no rest for his side, as there are things that can still be improved for their next game in two weeks time against the New York Jets.
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