Blake Bortles is a great leader on an off the field, Jaguars linebacker Carroll Phillips said. I know the offensive guys for this playoff game are going to dig deep and get something cooked up. Blake is our game manager.
We’ve got to make more plays for him, Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon said. We moved the ball but we didn’t put points on the board. We’ve got to get the running game going like it has been and that will make it easier for all of us. Blake is one of our leaders. He’s trying to make plays. No matter what people say, he fights for us.
The Jaguars own the league’s top-ranked rushing offense, but it was snuffed by the Titans.
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The Titans defense put the game on Bortles and his receivers had their share of drops. His linemen produced their share of blocking whiffs. And Bortles made his share of miscues, finishing with 158 passing yards and two interceptions.
He had the ball trailing by five points for a drive that began at the Jacksonville 34 with 9:19 left and another that began at the Jacksonville 32 with 5:01 left. But both opportunities to go win it ended in punts. After that, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota produced a stiff-arm run for 13 yards Devan Dubnyk Womens Jersey on a third-down quarterback scramble that helped ice the game for Tennessee.
Mens Jimmy Hayes Jersey New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was knocked out of a 24-20 AFC Championship Game victory with a concussion after he took a big helmet-to-helmet hit from Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church late in the second quarter Sunday.
Gronkowski was wobbly as he got to his feet but walked to the locker room under his own power. He remained there and was officially ruled out at the start of the fourth quarter.
Church was penalized for unnecessary roughness, as his helmet made contact with Gronkowski’s, although Church initially appeared to be leading with his shoulder.
If you go low, you’re a dirty player. If you go high, it’s unsportsmanlike conduct. It’s tough, Church said following the game.
When reporters entered the locker room after the game, Gronkowski was not present.
He had been part of the Patriots’ first 26 offensive snaps of the game. No. 2 tight end Dwayne Allen stepped into his role at the end of the second quarter.
Quarterback Tom Brady credited offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with making adjustments after Gronkowski went out.