The Jacksonville Jaguars was one win away from making the Super Bowl when they met the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately for them, the game didn't end the way they would have liked it to, but they still could have played a huge impact on the Super Bowl if Blake Bortles was successful with his intentions with Tom Brady after the game.
The Jaguars narrowly lost the AFC Championship game 24-20 to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium after a second-half comeback by the home team saw them advance to the Super Bowl once more. New England managed to win as well despite the fact that Brady had 12 stitches in his hand following a clash with another player during practice.
Many thought this injury would hinder the five-time Super Bowl champion, but it did not, as he completed 26 of his 38 passing attempts for 290 yards and two touchdowns, booking New England in the big game once more in the process. The Jaguars weren't going to the Super Bowl, but that doesn't mean they didn't try to influence its outcome.
During a recent interview with the Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast, the Jaguars quarterback joked that he tried to give Brady a firm handshake after the AFC Championship game had concluded in order to try and damage the stitches on his right hand.
Bortles said according to Dakota Randall of NESN: “I shook his hand as hard as I could. I was trying to pop those stitches. I get in there, gave him a nice, firm handshake and looked him in the eye and said, ‘Good luck.’ I want to say he said, ‘That was fun,’ and I was just like, ‘Man, what a statement. I’m glad I could entertain you a little bit.’ ”
Obviously, there is no malice in what Bortles did, as he was just joking around, but it may have been his last act as a member of the Jaguars on a football field, as it is rumored the franchise could be looking for a new starting quarterback this offseason.
The Jaguars quarterback finished the AFC title game with 23 of his 36 passing attempts completed for 293 yards and a touchdown, and while on paper that looks great, his offense only had two scoring drives in the second half of the game, both which resulted in a pair of field goals.
Finishing off drives was something the Jacksonville offense struggled to do for most of the season, as the team's defense came through more often than not to win the game.
Bortles and the Jaguars will get another chance at Brady and the Patriots when the two teams square off next season in Jacksonville. That's if Bortles is still with the franchise at that point.
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