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Blake Bortles gave a hilarious answer when asked what he'd be doing if he wasn't in the NFL

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On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars will face the New England Patriots in the AFC conference championship. 

For New England, reaching this game is nothing special, in fact, it's almost expected considering they've featured in every one since 2011. 

But for Jacksonville, this is only their third appearance and their first since 2000. In fact, they've shocked almost everyone just by getting this far. 

In recent years, the Jaguars have been seen as one of the worst franchises in the NFL and 2017 was the first time that they finished the regular season with more wins than losses since 2007. 

And their quarterback, Blake Bortles, has often been the joke of the league. Fans and even sometimes, fellow players, have been caught talking trash about the 25-year-old this year. 

But against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, he put in a very good shift and helped send the Jaguars to the AFC championship. 

He completed 14 passes for 214 yards and even threw a touchdown. And with Jacksonville booking their place against the Patriots, people are starting to take Bortles seriously.

He's won round some fans with his performances on the pitch and he's winning even more off it after an interview with Barstool Sports emerged this week.

Divisional Round - Jacksonville Jaguars v Pittsburgh Steelers

In a clip posted on their Facebook, Bortles is asked what he would be doing if he wasn't playing football. The quarterback responded simply "working construction and rippin' cigs." 

His tongue in cheek answer went down well with fans and some are even pulling for him to upset the Patriots on Sunday.

If Bortles is to do so, he's going to need some help from his impressive defense. But that shouldn't be a problem, with many people crediting it as the reason the Jags have come so far. 

Jacksonville's defense has been one of the best in the league this year. They led the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game, fewest yards allowed per play and fewest yards allowed per pass.

Cincinnati Bengals vĀ Jacksonville Jaguars

As well as this, they also had the second-best in sack rate, points per game and turnovers in the league, earning them the nickname of "Sacksonville".

But to come away from Gilette Stadium with a win next Sunday, the Jaguars need to create a perfect storm. 

They need Bortles moving the chains on offense and he needs running back Leonard Fournette to have another great game, similar to the one he had against Pittsburgh. 

Divisional Round - Jacksonville Jaguars v Pittsburgh Steelers

If that happens and Jacksonville's defense is as strong as ever, they could upset Tom Brady and co to make their first Super Bowl appearance in history.  

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