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December 3, 2012

Bills' playoff hopes are still alive

Fitzpatrick directs Buffalo to 34-18 win over Jaguars.

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ORCHARD PARK —

It's an altogether different story for the Jaguars (2-10), who are tied with Kansas City with the NFL's worst record.

A combination of familiar problems — injuries, a sputtering offense and porous defense — contributed to seal their latest loss. And they all cropped up a week after Jacksonville snapped a seven-game skid with a 24-19 win over Tennessee.

"We came up very short," said Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, who spent his first four NFL seasons in Buffalo. "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."

Henne went 18 of 41 for 208 yards with a lost fumble and interception in his worst outing in two-plus games since taking over for injured starter Blaine Gabbert.

The Jaguars defense, which entered the game ranked 31st in the NFL, surrendered 344 yards offense, including 232 rushing. And the injury count continues to rise after running back Rashad Jennings, who is starting in place of Maurice Jones-Drew and Jalen Parmele, and leading receiver Cecil Shorts III both sustained concussions.

This was not the homecoming Jaguars first-year head coach Mike Mularkey had in mind in facing his former team for the first time since he abruptly resigned in Buffalo in January 2006.

"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."

The Jaguars unraveled after Henne scored on a 1-yard run to put them ahead 10-7.

The Bills responded by scoring 27 points — three touchdowns and two field goals — on five consecutive possessions. The run began with Fitzpatrick's 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Scott Chandler with 1:56 left in the second quarter. And it ended with Spiller's touchdown run 1:31 into the fourth quarter.

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