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December 3, 2012

Bills' playoff hopes are still alive

Fitzpatrick directs Buffalo to 34-18 win over Jaguars.

ORCHARD PARK —  

Save the what-ifs for later. So long as Mario Williams and the Buffalo Bills are still mathematically in the playoff hunt, they're focused only on what's ahead and not on whatever opportunities they've squandered.

"What happened before is in the past, and we just have to keep pushing," the high-priced defensive end said. "We are still there. Even though nobody else thinks of it that way, we do."

Slim as their chances might be, the Bills (5-7) have hope for at least one more week after a 34-18 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) on Sunday.

"We still have games left," Williams said. "Anything can happen."

Everything went right for the Bills, who won for only the third time in nine games, while delivering a near-complete team victory.

Williams had one of Buffalo's four sacks, in which he forced Chad Henne's fumble, in helping key a defense that allowed 236 yards while stopping the Jaguars on three fourth-down chances.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and scored another rushing while directing five consecutive scoring drives. Fred Jackson had 109 yards rushing and C.J. Spiller scored on a 44-yard run.

And special teams contributed, as well, with Marcus Easley and Brad Smith combining for 93 yards on two kickoff returns, both of which set up touchdowns.

"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."

At 5-7, the Bills are tied with Miami and the New York Jets in chasing Indianapolis (8-4), Pittsburgh (7-5) and Cincinnati (7-5) for the AFC's two wild card playoff spots.

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