Jaguars QB and UCF alum Blake Bortles balled out on Sunday as he led the Jaguars to a 2-0 start in a convincing win over the New England Patriots by a score of 31-20.
The Jags’ QB exacted revenge on the team that ended his season in the AFC Championship last January and brought the Jags to the top of the AFC South standings. His box score was filled with eye-opening stats: 64 percent completion rate, 377 yards, four touchdowns, 35 rushing yards, and one pick that was the result of a deflected ball off the hands of Austin Saferian-Jenkins.
#Jaguars QB Blake Bortles made a lot of great plays yesterday. While it isn't talked about much, this was one of his best.— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) September 17, 2018
Bortles evades quick pressure and steps into an incredibly tight throw w/ underneath LB dropping from fake blitz. Absolute perfect placement. pic.twitter.com/LoifLzVzUX
The win on Sunday was one of Bortles’ finest moments as a Jag in just the second-ever franchise win over the team. He went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady -- and won.
Brady finished the day with 234 passing yards, two touchdowns and 10 rushing yards in the losing effort.
Bortles’ best play of the day came in the fourth quarter when he connected with wide receiver Dede Westbrook on a 61-yard touchdown to ice the game and put the Patriots out of reach. The TD gave the Jags a 31-13 lead with seven minutes left in the contest:
Fellow Knight and Jaguars teammate A.J. Bouye also had a good game with four tackles, giving the Pats receiving corps fits all day long.
The Alumknights up in Duval County are thriving and the team looks to improve to 3-0 next week as they host their division rival, the Tennessee Titans.