LONDON (AP) — Every time Josh Allen and the Buffalo Payments tried to rally within the fourth quarter on Sunday, Travis Etienne and the Jacksonville Jaguars had a solution.
Etienne rushed for 136 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Jacksonville outlasted the jet-lagged Payments for a 25-20 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“We answered the bell each time they rung it,” Etienne mentioned.
Jaguars (3-2) might not need to go away London after getting back-to-back wins within the British capital, ending Buffalo’s three-game profitable streak and proving they’ll grasp with an AFC powerhouse.
“We as a group, I feel, are determining that we’re very able to profitable all these video games,” Jags coach Doug Pederson mentioned. “It’s huge. We came visiting right here 1-2 and we’re going again 3-2.”
The Payments (3-2), who arrived in London on Friday morning, had routed their previous three opponents however seemed drained at instances, rushed for under 29 yards, and had a rash of accidents.
Etienne scored on a 35-yard run with just below three minutes left after carrying it in from 6 yards earlier. He additionally caught 4 passes for 48 yards. And Calvin Ridley had seven catches for 122 yards.
Allen twice introduced the Payments again late within the fourth quarter. He ran it in from 3 yards to finish a 75-yard drive that took simply 45 seconds, making it 25-20 earlier than the two-minute warning.
With the Payments out of timeouts, the Jags punted to the Buffalo 6, leaving the Payments simply 22 seconds. Stefon Diggs caught a cross and tried to lateral it, however Jacksonville recovered the fumble.
In between Etienne’s touchdowns, Allen accomplished a 19-yard landing cross to Gabe Davis to chop the deficit to 5 factors with 4:03 to play.
Allen was 27 of 40 for 359 yards and two landing passes and an interception. Diggs had eight catches for 121 yards and a landing and Davis had six catches for 100 yards and a rating.
“We didn’t deal with the little issues,” Allen mentioned. “That’s on us captains, ensuring that this group is able to go. You realize, the opposing group, they had been able to go right now. We weren’t.”
The Jags survived two expensive strip-sack misplaced fumbles by Trevor Lawrence, each instances in Buffalo territory.
“We knew what sort of sport it was going to be,” Lawrence mentioned. “They’re a terrific group. It’s going to be a four-quarter sport regardless of the way it begins.”
The Jags led early when Zay Jones made an acrobatic play to haul in a 6-yard landing cross behind the tip zone within the first quarter and Etienne added the 2-point conversion.
Lawrence completed 25 of 37 for 315 yards, with the landing and two misplaced fumbles.
Diggs channeled his inside Ronaldo after catching a 15-yard landing cross to get Buffalo on the board with 1:14 left within the half. The extensive receiver, who had promised followers a soccer-style celebration if he scored, beat cornerback Tyson Campbell off the road of scrimmage.
The Jags shortly moved the ball to the Buffalo 12, however edge-rusher A.J. Epenesa’s strip-sack and fumble restoration ended the Jacksonville risk with 10 seconds left within the half. Epenesa beat left deal with Cam Robinson — simply again from suspension — on Lawrence’s blind facet.
Epenesa and Leonard Floyd every completed with two sacks. The Jags had no sacks within the sport.
Early within the fourth quarter, defensive deal with Ed Oliver sacked Lawrence and recovered the fumble on the Buffalo 32.
The Payments misplaced beginning linebacker Matt Milano to a knee harm within the first quarter.
The Josh Allen vs. Josh Allen showdown solely got here into play when the Jags edge rusher was flagged for roughing the passer late within the sport to present the Payments the ball first-and-goal from the 9. The Payments then scored to make it 18-13 on Davis’ landing.
“HOME” FIELD ADVANTAGE
The Jags had been roundly booed working onto area by the overwhelmingly partisan Buffalo crowd in what was technically a Payments house sport. Quarterback Josh Allen’s blue sport jersey comprised the unofficial plurality. Payments nice Thurman Thomas was available pregame to hype the gang. Entrance row followers in a single finish zone had a banner with Von Miller’s picture saying they got here from France and need a image with the Payments star.
“Payments Mafia was full impact right now,” Pederson mentioned. “It did really feel like a street sport for us.”
The Jags went to a silent cadence due to the gang noise, Lawrence added.
It was 75 levels Fahrenheit at kickoff — not the kind of home-field climate benefit the Payments often take pleasure in.
Jaguars: Ridley was evaluated for a concussion and was cleared to return. He mentioned he feels high-quality. Lawrence received calf remedies within the second half after cramping and in addition reported “feeling fairly good, excited to get off my toes” for the flight house. WR Jones left within the second half. … OL Walker Little left within the first quarter with a knee harm. Pederson mentioned each can be evaluated.
Payments: LB Matt Milano sustained a knee harm within the first quarter and was dominated out. He had made three tackles within the sport. DT DaQuan Jones (pectorcal) went to the medical tent within the first quarter. Taron Johnson left briefly with a knee difficulty however returned. DE Shaq Lawson (toe) and Christian Benford (shoulder) had been inactive.
Jaguars: Host the Indianapolis Colts with an opportunity to comb their AFC South rival after beating them within the season opener.
Payments: One other house sport when the New York Giants go to in a Sunday evening matchup.
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