Ireland's 11th successive win, crucially with a four-try bonus point, turned the screws on England who knew they would have to beat France with a bonus point to keep the title race alive for the final weekend.
Elliot Daly landed a super 53-metre penalty but soon after Nathan Hughes had to be carried from the pitch after taking a blow to a heavily-strapped left knee, before Maxime Machenaud and Farrell exchanged penalties.
"You look back to the Wales game at the start of this championship and we actually started very well in the first 10 minutes".
That decision bore no fruit and Scotland punished their hosts with their first real foray into the Irish half after 12 minutes, when Greig Laidlaw knocked over from the tee for the first points of the match.
"I wanted the team to be close to the best during the tournament", France coach Jacques Brunel said. The line-out was a bit wobbly and the scrum as well. It was committed, focused and we took the game to the opposition right to the end. "We controlled the ball and that upset them because they're not used to it". "The record speaks for itself.Ultimately the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home". "Winning it on the back of four games would be a huge achievement". "We're going to enjoy the victory". They gave away 16 penalties, missed 16 tackles, and were turned over nine times.
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"Obviously I'm very disappointed". It's encouraging but also encouraging that we created those opportunities.
"The breakdown again caused us trouble". We just didn't learn quick enough.
"I was pleased with the effort today, we were in a position to win the game", he said, adding that any team was "fallible and has weakness".
"Sometimes we get institutionalised in the way we look at things and the way that we work, so for me to have somebody who works in a different environment, who worked at the World Cup at Japan with Eddie previously, it's a big advantage to me to have somebody else to call on to look at the things that we do".
Jones said that "some teams are outplaying us in certain areas".
"The breakdown is different and more contestable and there are different interpretations of the ruck being refereed", he said. The contest has increased enormously, we have to find a way to cope with that.