VIDEO: Remembering When Blake Bortles Caught a 20-Yard Touchdown Pass Against the Titans
Blake Bortles spent five years as the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although he rightly deserves criticism for his 24-49 record in that time, Bortles did make one spectacular play that will go down in Jaguars history.
In 2016, the Jags were 2-12 and hoping to play spoiler against the 8-6 Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars' previous head coach, Gus Bradley, had just been fired, making this the first game of the Doug Marrone era. Marrone decided that this would be a good time to try to make a splash with a big trick play, and that worked perfectly.
With the Jaguars driving up 8 and looking to seal the win in the fourth quarter, they ran the trick play. Marqise Lee took the hand-off and lobbed the ball to a wide-open Bortles on the left side of the field. He made the catch and walked in for a 20-yard touchdown.
The play put the Jaguars up 31-17. Two plays later, Jalen Ramsey would end the game with a 30-yard pick-six. The Titans' loss to the Jaguars effectively kept them out of the playoffs, as they were unable to advance despite beating the Houston Texans in Week 17.
While Bortles' passing ability has come under fire, his skills as an athlete are still impressive. He looked quite fluid while running his route and calmly made the catch despite having defenders in the vicinity. Some quarterbacks would struggle with this kind of play call, but Bortles made it look easy.
Bortles and Marrone would have their best season together in 2017, when they went 10-6 and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a fantastic Wild Card Game. While they lost in disappointing fashion to the New England Patriots, Bortles definitely looked like he'd made a big step forward. Unfortunately, he regressed badly in 2018 and is now a backup to Jared Goff with the Los Angeles Rams. Barring some extremely bizarre trick play, this will likely be Bortles' only career touchdown catch.
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