After a crazy play in which Donte Moncrief appeared to catch a touchdown (it was reversed on replay review because he was down at the 1-yard line), and Bills cornerback Levi Wallace and Moncrief refused to let go of the ball on the simultaneous reception, there was a fight.
Bills outside linebacker Shaq Lawson and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette threw punches at each other, which is an easy ejection. Then they were led to the same tunnel.
Lawson was led off the Bills sideline to the tunnel and Fournette was led to the tunnel at the same time. Lawson and Fournette were shouting at each other as they got near each other, still heated from the exchange of punches.
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With team personnel around each player they had to be separated as they went up the tunnel. Presumably there had to be security between the two locker rooms to make sure nobody went and confronted the other in the locker room.
Joshs return was great, definitely what we needed, Jones said. I know there was a lot of questions of, Are we going to keep this momentum going? and things like that from two weeks ago, and Josh did a great job of coming in, using his legs for plays, extending plays, hitting Robert Foster with a beautiful ball down the field.
Usually the NFL treats ejections as suspensions, and its rare that an extra suspension is added on after a player is ejected. The NFL will certainly look at this case, including the words exchanged up the tunnel.
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The play itself was overturned. There was the humorous scene of Moncrief and Wallace both refusing to let go of the ball for what seemed like a couple minutes as the two teams brawled around them on the ground.
Then the Jaguars had a touchdown taken off the board, though Moncrief was given credit for the catch. Without Fournette the Jaguars couldnt punch in the touchdown, a penalty took a touchdown off the board, then the Jaguars missed a short field goal.
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Too bad the Jaguars havent shown more fight on the field as Fournette did throwing punches at Lawson or jawing at him in the tunnel afterward.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars drove to the Buffalo Bills 1-yard line, then had star running back Leonard Fournette ejected for fighting, then had the go-ahead touchdown nullified by a penalty, then missed a field goal attempt on the way to a seventh consecutive loss.
Bills rookie Josh Allen, dragged by the Jaguars All-Pro cornerback in a GQ Magazine article published in August, returned from a monthlong injury absence to lead Buffalo to a 24-21 victory against Jacksonville on Sunday at New Era Field.
The most important takeaway from a sloppy game between NFL also-rans that entered the day with matching 3-7 records: Allens throwing arm appeared perfectly healthy after he missed the previous four games with a strained right elbow. Allen completed 8 of 19 passes for 160 yards, a touchdown and an 89.8 passer rating. He added a game-high and quarterback franchise-record 99 rushing yards and another score on 13 carries.
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The Jags talented cornerback, who didnt back away from his “trash” comment this week, had an interception wiped out by his own penalty for illegal contact late in the second quarter and then had the gall to point at the Bills sideline and call other players “trash.”
To his credit, Ramsey patted Allen on the helmet and shook his hand after the game in a show of good sportsmanship.
But he followed that up by blowing kisses to the crowd as he left the field while being booed, and stopped short of saying his assessment of Allen had changed.
The good thing about the world we live in is everybody can have an opinion. And, um, you know, I stick by my opinions, usually, Ramsey said in the postgame locker room, not quite retracting his insult. He hurt us with his feet. He did enough for their team to get a win. Thats really what matters at the end of the day, so it doesnt matter what I said or anything like that. Im sure thats what he was thinking on his side. It doesnt matter. People have opinions every day. They can have opinions, but its about what you go out there and do, what he went out there and did for their team is get a win, so, you cant really say anything about it.
Thats not what I said, Ramsey said, dodging a direct answer by resorting to next question, next question.
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Remember, this is the same Jaguars franchise that dispatched the Bills in the first round of the playoffs last season.
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The one that traded haymakers with Pittsburgh and went toe-to-toe with New England and nearly advanced to the Super Bowl.
The one helmed by former Bills coach Doug Marrone, who chose to walk out rather than work for new owners Kim and Terry Pegula within the structure they created.
The one that traded for former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, the third overall pick in 2011, now little more than a role player on running downs and inactive because of a back injury in his return to Western New York.
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I just want to win football games, said Allen, who won for the third time in six starts. There was a lot of trash talking before and after, but ultimately my job is to go out there and help this team win football games. And I did a good enough job of that tonight with the help of my team, and I cant speak enough about those guys.
My expectations were Id be back, Id be better mentally, Allen said. Obviously physically, with the elbow holding up. I just wanted to go out there and complete the ball when it needed to be completed, and make plays when plays needed to be made. Trust the guys around me. Thats what we kind of did [Sunday].
Allen connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster, the longest by a Bills rookie quarterback in franchise history, to stake the Bills to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Allen also rushed for the go-ahead score in the fourth, a 14-yard gallop for a 21-14 lead after a brawl resulted in ejections for Fournette and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. It was Allens fourth rushing touchdown of the season.
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Josh is a baller, Bills safety Jordan Poyer said. They can say whatever they want to say about Josh. Jalen can say whatever he wants to say about Josh. But Josh came in there and handled that defense today.
Bills coach Sean McDermott praised Allen for his performance, offering an appropriately measured assessment.
After Gus Bradley was fired near the end of the 2016 season, it didnt take long for Jacksonville to name Marrone, who was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach, interim head coach and then hire him on a longer-term basis.
I love the fire, McDermott said. He personifies Buffalo, right? Hes a hard worker, blue-collar kid and loves to compete. Hes still young, so again, lets manage expectations. It was a good start for him.
But its also true that Allen is the clearest example that these are franchises heading in opposite directions.
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Allen has all the tools to develop into the franchise quarterback the Bills hope he can be, whereas Blake Bortles, in his fifth season, continues to prove himself a middling option at best. The Jags QB finished 12 of 23 for 127 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 46.8 passer rating.
The most encouraging or concerning numbers on this day, depending on your viewpoint, are on spreadsheets in the general managers offices.
The Bills are poised to build a team around their promising young quarterback, projected to enter the offseason with more than $91 million in salary cap space, the third-most in the NFL, according to overthecap.com.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, are looking at a tear down. Jacksonville GM David Caldwell, a Buffalo native, has to contend with a roster thats projected to be nearly $10 million over the cap, as currently constructed.
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McDermott called the Jaguars probably the most talented team well face all season, maybe in the NFL and did so again after Sundays victory.