By MARK LONG
The Associated Press
Sunday, November 25, 2007; 4:36 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 104 yards and a touchdown, Josh Scobee kicked five field goals and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat Buffalo 36-14 Sunday in a game that was more lopsided than even the final score indicated.
It was Jacksonville's third consecutive victory and kept the team in the thick of the AFC playoff picture.
The Jaguars (8-3) probably need to beat Indianapolis next week to have a shot at the AFC South title.
The Bills (5-6) were hoping to rebound from a 56-10 drubbing against New England. Instead, they got another beating. This one helped the Patriots clinch the AFC East.
David Garrard hooked up with Reggie Williams for a 59-yard score that put Jacksonville ahead 29-14 with 2:39 remaining, then Maurice Jones-Drew added a 17-yard scoring run with 1:43 to play.
Jacksonville's struggles in the red zone allowed Buffalo to keep it close early. The Bills actually had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
They trailed 22-14 and had the ball in Jacksonville territory. But J.P. Losman threw an interception, his third turnover of the game.
His latest mistakes may have been his last for the Bills.
Losman acknowledged earlier in the week that this was a make-or-break game for him, knowing another poor performance or loss might prompt coach Dick Jauron to turn the offense over the rookie Trent Edwards.
Losman finished 27-of-40 for 211 yards, with a touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble.
Garrard was much better for Jacksonville. He was 23-of-37 for a career-high 296 yards and broke a team record for passes without an interception. He has thrown 201 passes without a pick.
The Jaguars also got plenty of help from Buffalo, which had five costly mistakes.
The first one was an illegal participation penalty on fourth down _ Buffalo had 12 defenders on the field _ that gave Jacksonville a first down.
Taylor found a huge hole on the next play and ran untouched for a 50-yard touchdown. He looked back at Terrence McGee and George Wilson as he strutted the final 15 yards into the end zone.
Losman's first interception gave the Jaguars the ball at the Buffalo 27, and Scobee's second field goal made it 13-0 early in the second quarter.
Losman found Anthony Thomas, filling in for injured starter Marshawn Lynch (ankle), in the flat for a 10-yard touchdown.
But Losman fumbled on a quarterback sneak on the next possession, leading to another field goal that made it 16-7 at halftime.
The score was 19-7 in the third when Bills receiver Roscoe Parrish took a handoff and sprinted 24 yards for a touchdown.
But Rian Lindell's kickoff went out of bounds following a 5-yard penalty, giving the Jaguars the ball near midfield. Garrard drove the Jags into field-goal range again, and Scobee's drilled his team-record fifth of the day.
The final error was Losman's second interception.