By Jack Jones, Guest Blogger
On Sunday the 25th of October, The NFL returned to Wembley for its 13th game. The Jacksonville Jaguars returning for their 3rd game at Wembley took on the Buffalo bills in their first appearance in London.
Prior to the game fans saw a superb performance from the Ohio state university marching band. The marching band showed off their famous Michael Jackson moonwalk as well as telling their story of the experiences they had whilst in London. Creating images of Big Ben, the London eye and the London Bridge. They finished off with their most famous tradition the Ohio script which they have performed before every game since 1936.
The first quarter was rather dull as we saw only 3 points on the board from a field goal by the bills. The second quarter the pace picked up dramatically as Jacksonville scored 27 unanswered points. Allen Robison received a 10 yard touchdown pass to put the Jags on the scoreboard. The defence then stepped up scoring two touchdowns in seven seconds. The first was a strip-sack recovery by Chris Clemons who picked up the football and ran 6 yards to the end zone. On the very next play, Telvin Smith picked off EJ Manuel and returned it for a 26 yard touchdown. The defence wasn’t done there on the next drive Paul Posluszny intercepted Manuel which allowed TJ Yeldon to come on to score a 28 yard touchdown run giving the Jaguars a 27-3 lead.
The Bills began to mount a comeback before the end of the first half and would score 28 unanswered points from the Jaguars. The first came from a 16 yard touchdown pass from Manuel to Robert Woods. With this score and a second field goal from Dan Carpenter it was 27-13 going into the second half.
The scoreboard remained the same until the fourth quarter where Dan Carpenter hit his third field goal of the day. This was followed shortly by a huge 58 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Easley and a successful 2 point conversion making it 27-24. Minutes later Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw an aimless pass straight to the Bills safety Corey Graham which he would return for a touchdown taking the Bills into the lead.
With only 5 minutes remaining it seemed like the Jaguars had thrown the game away. However QB Blake Bortles would lead a game winning drive with Allen Hurns making a 31 yard diving catch to put the Jaguars back in the lead. With just over 2 minutes remaining the Jaguars held onto the lead which gave them their first win at Wembley.
The Jaguars announced recently that they would continue to play 1 game a year in London through to 2020. Also the RFU and the NFL have made an agreement to play at least 1 game a year at Twickenham stadium starting from 2016 as well as games to be played at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium from 2018.
Jack Jones is a first year Marketing and Advertising student at the Univeristy of Hertfordshire and this week guest blogger.