JACKSONVILLE – County Commissioner of Elections Norm Green is traveling home Monday after watching the Buffalo Bills lose in its first playoff game since 2000.
Green said Buffalo was well represented in the Sunshine State.
“On the visitors side, 60 percent of the stands were filled with Bills fans,” Green said. “It was quite surprising, to me, how Jacksonville was not supportive the way that Buffalo supports its fans.”
“They estimated that 35 percent of the stadium was filled with Bills fans. There wouldn’t be that many tickets left in Buffalo for anyone to come in, after a playoff game, particularly.”
The sixth-seeded Bills (9-8) will head home after ending the longest, current playoff drought in North American professional sports.
The Bills had plenty of chances down the stretch, but a huge penalty against Charles Clay and then a tackle that knocked quarterback Tyrod Taylor out of the game ended any threat of a comeback.
Taylor slammed his helmet hard against the ground after getting thrown down by Dante Fowler Jr. He had to be helped off the field and forced backup Nathan Peterman into the game with 1:27 remaining. All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey tipped and then intercepted Peterman’s third pass, and the Jaguars ran out the clock.
The Bills finished with 263 yards, with 119 of those coming from hobbled running back LeSean McCoy (ankle).