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Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Blake Bortles wasn’t having a whole lot of success with his arm, so the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback decided to try to make a few plays with his legs.

That’s not exactly the formula the Jaguars want to use, but it worked Sunday in their 10-3 AFC wild-card victory over the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field. Bortles rushed for more yards (88) than he had passing (87) to become the first quarterback to win a playoff game with fewer than 100 passing yards on 20-plus attempts since Steve McNair in the 1999 AFC wild-card game against the Bills.

All that matters for the Jaguars, though, is Bortles found a way to win a playoff game, which hasn’t been done around here in a long time. The last time that happened was in the 2007 season. The last time it happened at home was after the 1999 season. Whether Bortles is still the franchise’s long-term answer at quarterback is a debate that can be put off for another week because the Jaguars still have at least one more game to play.

“Going into a game, there’s no secret recipe on how to win,” said Bortles, who completed 12 of 23 passes. “There’s no number that says you’ve got to score this many points to beat them. You’ve got to score one more than they score, regardless of it’s 50 or if it’s three, you’ve got to find a way to outscore them.”

That seemed unreachable with the way Bortles played in the first half. It appeared that the significant strides he made in 2017 were going to be wasted and the offseason was going to again be filled with questions such as, “What do the Jaguars do at quarterback?” Yet Bortles was able to rebound and proved to his teammates and coaches that he can be relied upon to win games.

It doesn’t matter that Bortles did a large part of it with his feet.

“He found a way,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “That’s what we talk about. It’s the main reason I played today [despite being ill]. You’ve got to find a way. Whatever it takes. We’ve got to get to these goals that we’ve talked about.

“All this work we’ve put in the offseason is for moments like these, and for him to find a way and do it with his legs, man, I have the utmost respect for him.”

Bortles was having by far his worst game of the season until he started scrambling and getting free. Per ESPN Stats & Information, Bortles gained 71 of his 88 rushing yards via scrambles. In the past 10 postseasons, only Colin Kaepernick has scrambled for more yards in a game (85 in the 2013 wild-card round).

“I kind of reference it to a pitcher,” Bortles said. “You go out and something’s not on. You don’t have a fastball or you don’t have a curveball, and you’ve got to find another pitch to be able to win and be successful and get guys out. That’s kind of the same thing playing quarterback.

“I’m kind of fortunate to be able to run around and be able to do that stuff and have kind of an Option B to kind of help this offense move the ball and put up points. Trying to do really whatever I can to help this team win [and] help this team score points.”

Bortles’ rushing performance doesn’t overshadow that the Jaguars won’t be around in the playoffs much longer if the offense doesn’t start producing. Outside of Bortles, the run game was terrible: Leonard Fournette managed 57 yards on 21 carries. Dede Westbrook was the only receiver to catch a pass against the Bills.

That certainly won’t be good enough when the Jaguars play at Pittsburgh next Sunday with a berth in the AFC Championship Game on the line.

“We never really got into a rhythm and weren’t able to get anything on third down,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “I’d be a fool to sit here and say I’m not concerned, but I’m going to take a step back and go ahead and look at it again. Obviously, if you want to continue to keep playing, you’re going to have to do a better job.”

That includes Bortles’ arm and legs.

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Marshon Lattimore

Marshon Lattimore

NEW ORLEANS — Add another unforgettable moment to the New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons rivalry: the “butt pick.”

Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted a pass late in the second quarter that actually came to rest on his butt as he lay face down — before he secured it against his backside with help from teammates Marcus Williams and Craig Robertson.

“Everybody else was trying to grab it. So I just had to keep it in my possession,” said Lattimore, who said he has made some athletic plays before, “but nothing like that.”

Social media immediately erupted with references to the #buttpick and #buttinterception, as well as comparisons to the New York Jets’ infamous “butt fumble” from five years ago.

“I must be living right, I don’t know,” said Lattimore. “Who doesn’t love the term ‘butt pick’ but saw that social media was already rolling with it.”

“I don’t know. They’re gonna have to call it what they want. Hopefully it’s No. 1 on the top-10 SportsCenter,” Lattimore said. “But it was a great play and we won, so that’s all I can think about.”

Saints RB Mark Ingram said it’s “gotta be an ESPY” and suggested hamstring curl.

Meanwhile, the Saints made it count by turning the momentum into a quick 54-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Ted Ginn Jr. three plays later for a 13-0 halftime lead en route to a 23-13 win.

This one might not wind up being immortalized with a statue outside the Superdome like Steve Gleason’s blocked punt against the Falcons when the Saints reopened the building after Hurricane Katrina in 2006, but it did have big playoff implications. The Saints (11-4) clinched a playoff spot with the win and would claim the NFC South with a victory next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The interception was Lattimore’s fifth of the season and second in three weeks against Atlanta as he looks to cement his place as the front-runner for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

“I haven’t seen anything like that before,” Lattimore said. “But it helped us win, so that’s the biggest thing.”

The 11th overall draft pick from Ohio State made the Pro Bowl earlier in the week at the age of 21. He tied Sammy Knight’s franchise record from 1997 with five interceptions as a rookie.

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Jameis Winston is coming off a pretty bad game against the Carolina Panthers, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is still by far the most valuable player on the team—and arguably the best player, too.

We documented Winston’s breakout season last week, and nothing’s really changed after one bad game—especially given the fact that that poor performance seemed at least partially injury-induced. Winston’s turning into a top ten quarterback, and top ten quarterbacks win team MVP awards because top ten quarterbacks are simply that important to a team’s success.

No other player is really worth this award, either. The defense has been terrible and that alone would make naming a defender the MVP obscene. The defense has been pretty good, but with few real standouts. Cameron Brate might be a candidate, while Mike Evans has been his usual productive self too, but neither player’s performance has been truly overwhelming.

The Bucs have won just two games this season, though, so being MVP isn’t as significant as it may otherwise be. Hopefully Winston’s improvement will lead to actual wins sooner rather than later.