After Bortles and the rest of the Jaguars defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's playoff game 45-42, Bortles got a reward beyond winning an important game: he received around $5,000 in donations to his charity.
So Bengals fans, frustrated both by their team's toothless performance against their archrival and by the Steelers' response to it, including a touchdown celebration by Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster a couple of weeks later that mimicked his concussion-inducing hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, had to bite their tongue and bide their time.
This act was not taken to make amends for the on-field shenanigans from the Bengals-Jaguars game earlier this season.
Now, Bengals fans are following suit by rewarding Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles for defeating their division rival in the playoffs. Buffalo fans then bombarded Dalton's foundation with generous donations that eventually totaled around $300,000.
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Bortles threw for 214 yards and a touchdown and led two critical fourth-quarter touchdown drives. That's because they have decided to make donations to the Blake Bortles Foundation. According to the Blake Bortles Foundation Facebook page, the foundation uses its funds to help "children with intellectual and developmental challenges in their pursuit of full, independent lives AND provide support to first responders, with the goal of improving their ability to safely carry out their vital lifesaving work". Bortles' foundation gives back to local Jacksonville communities.
They sent Dalton some of Buffalo's famous wings and donated to almost $350,000 to his foundation in $17 increments in honor of their 17 year playoff drought.
Now, on their way to the AFC Championship against the force that is the New England Patriots, Bortles' teammates have nothing but positive things to say about the quarterback who they believe can take them all the way.