With his job security in question and the Bills playoff hopes dim at best, the quarterback helped the Bills deliver one of their most complete performances of the season. Despite finishing the game minus his two top receivers, Fitzpatrick directed the offense to score points on five consecutive drives in 34-18 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
"We have a lot of belief in our locker room, and we are not in the most ideal situation. But we lose today's game, and we know we're out of it," Fitzpatrick said. "We felt like this was one we should win, and needed to win."
They did it in resilient fashion after losing five regulars to injuries, and in sloppy conditions -- with a persistent drizzle falling for much of the afternoon.
The Jaguars (2-10) played the role of pushover in failing to carry over much momentum a week after they ended a seven-game skid with a 24-19 win over Tennessee.
After completing 33 of 59 passes for 615 yards and six touchdowns in his past two games, Henne struggled against Buffalo. He finished 18 of 41 for 208 yards passing. He lost a fumble, after being stripped by Mario Williams, and also threw a game-ending interception that was picked off by safety Jairus Byrd.
Fitzpatrick had entered the game having managed just three touchdown passes in his previous four outings.
"Football is not a game about numbers. It's about wins and trying to go out and play better than the other team," Fitzpatrick said. "Not a lot of people want to come and play that game especially as a quarterback in terms of the wind, the rain, whatever. Those are the games that we've got to win."
"I don't think we gave ourselves a chance to make it a game," Mularkey said. "I thought after the last two weeks, we were really making progress."
Instead, the Jaguars remain in jeopardy of their worst season in 18 years -- dating to their 4-12 finish in 1995, their first year in the NFL.
"We came up very short," Posluszny said. "If we would've fought as hard as we could and played our best ball and lost, that's one thing. But that was not the case."
Shorts scored on a 5-yard catch before leaving the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Fitzpatrick and Johnson have combined for 22 touchdowns, moving into a tie for fourth on the team list in joining Jim Kelly and Pete Metzelaars. ... Chandler's touchdown was his sixth of the season, matching the team's single-season record for tight ends shared by himself (2011), Metzelaars (1992) and Jay Riemersma (1998). ... The Jaguars squandered a chance to score 20 points in three straight games for the first time since a four-game streak in 2010.
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