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Buffalo Bills news, 12/16: Bills-Jaguars game recaps

EJ Manuel's turnaround, Stevie Johnson's mother, and much more reaction in today's links following the Bills' 27-20 win in Jacksonville.

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Johnson tries to play through emotional pain of mother’s passing - Sports - The Buffalo News

"Johnson received a call from his stepfather, Bay Area neighborhood activist and hip-hop figure Andre "Herm" Lewis, Saturday night. A family associate who didn’t want to be identified told The Buffalo News that Johnson’s mother hadn’t been ill and the news 'devastated' him."

Stevie plays despite news of mother's passing -

Stevie Johnson didn't tell anyone on the offense about his mother's passing until after the game. Doug Marrone "talked to him like a son" and the Bills organization seemingly handled it with class from top to bottom. Read the full postgame comments here.

Bills-Jags recaps

Immediate reactions: Bills 27, Jaguars 20 |
Nick Mendola notes Kiko Alonso didn't have his normal burst among other things in his game recap. Nickell Robey impressed while he says Robert Woods "resembles a young Andre Reed." High praise indeed for the rookies.

Bills hang on for 27-20 win in Jacksonville -
"Buffalo built itself a 10-point first half lead (20-10) and hung on for a 27-20 victory."

Press Conferences
Doug Marrone: "I am very proud of this team"
EJ Manuel: "That's part of our maturation as an offense"
C.J. Spiller: "It feels good to get a win down here"
Kiko Alonso on Big Stops For The Bills Defense - VIDEO

Woods and Manuel reconnect in passing game -
"In Sunday’s 27-20 victory over Jacksonville, their on field chemistry resurfaced. Woods caught five passes and a touchdown for a season-high 82 yards in a game where Manuel threw for a total of 193. It was his most productive performance since his four-catch 80-yard performance in Buffalo’s Week 4 win over Baltimore."

Bills Roundup: Defense, Manuel's 3 TD's Lead Way - VIDEO -
"EJ Manuel threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, while the defense forced four turnovers in a 27-20 win over Jacksonville."

Week 15: Bills vs. Jaguars highlights - VIDEO -
"The Buffalo Bills come up with a huge defensive stop in the fourth quarter to hold on to a 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15 of NFL action." From NFL Network.

Marrone lets EJ right his own ship - Sports - The Buffalo News
Doug Marrone knew he might be second-guessed, but he wasn't taking EJ Manuel out of the game Sunday or any week for that matter. Manuel responded with a great turnaround after a poor start says Jerry Sullivan.

Bills report card: Jackson, Spiller get rolling after slow start - Sports - The Buffalo News
Outside the run defense, a pretty good day for Buffalo on the report card.

Opportunistic defense rides to Bills’ rescue - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo’s "D," however, got just enough big plays - including four turnovers - to pull its collective butt out of the fire and preserve the victory."

Points after: Bills 27, Jaguars 20 - Bills Blitz
If you only have 5 minutes to recap the game, give this a look.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Bills 27 - Jaguars 20
Buscaglia: "How did the Bills come away with the victory in Jacksonville over the Jaguars? Let's take a look at the game that was:"

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: Bills Defense Is A Puzzle
Paul Hamilton asks "Where is Mario Williams?" I say, "He was knocking down passes and played the edge pretty well in the run game." Hamilton also wonders why the run defense can't improve and says, "Kiko Alonso is showing signs of not ever having played 14 games before."

Rapid Reaction: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel -- and the entire offense -- was awful in the first quarter. Manuel had a 6.0 passer rating in the first quarter, the seventh worst in the NFL this season. But then something clicked."

Bills vs. Jaguars final score: Jacksonville winning streak comes to an end, 27-20 - Big Cat Country
"The Jaguars kept the game close, but failed to capitalize on opportunities to defeat the Bills and earn a fourth-straight win." Look at the loss from the Jaguars' perspective.

Bills vs. Jaguars 2013 final score: E.J. Manuel comes alive in Buffalo's 27-20 win -
"EJ Manuel didn't start well, but it was about how he finished. The rookie quarterback passed for 193 yards, throwing two touchdowns and running in a third."

More analysis

Inside The Bills | Long drives an encouraging sign
"EJ Manuel and the Bills offense had three scoring drives in the game that covered more than 70 yards."

Inside The Bills | Gilmore played a hunch on INT
"What you may not know is Gilmore, who had RB Jordan Todman in coverage, did not believe the ball was coming to his assigned receiving target, so he improvised to go make a play."

Inside The Bills | FB Summers scores big points
"Summers had three catches for 16 yards including his touchdown grab and also had four carries for 14 yards. The Bills fullback felt he showed some diversity to his game."

Inside The Bills | Aaron Williams turns two
"So Williams had a hand in what was a 10-point swing in Buffalo’s favor in the victory. Not bad for a corner turned safety. Williams is now tied for the team lead in interceptions with Kiko Alonso and Jairus Byrd."

Inside The Bills | Urbik’s solid play keeps ‘Unga on bench
"I think because we made the decision that Urbik went in there and started playing well and he was playing at a higher level than he had played before," said head coach Doug Marrone in explaining why ‘Unga did not see any playing time on offense.

Latest rebound raises bar for EJ Manuel - ESPN
"For now, the heat is off Manuel, but the next two games are still critical. The Bills need more than just glimmers of progress from their quarterback."