Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye Slams Refs Over Discrepancy in Penalties Against Patriots

Cornerback A.J. Bouye did not blame the Jaguars’ 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots on officiating, but he certainly wasn’t happy about the huge discrepancy in penalties, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

The Jaguars were penalized six times for 98 yards in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game while the Patriots were penalized just once for 10 yards, which was a holding penalty on a kickoff.

Bouye was especially upset about Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore not being called for pass interference against receiver Dede Westbrook on a fourth-down pass late in the game, a 32-yard pass interference call against him late in the first half that set up a touchdown, and about Patriots receiver Danny Amendola not being called for head-butting safety Tashaun Gipson after a play in the third quarter.

“I was pissed because I seen Amendola head-butt the hell out of Gip in front of the ref and you all don’t call nothing?” Bouye said. “It don’t make no sense, man; it’s a lot of stuff that don’t make no sense. I have a lot of respect for these people in this locker room. They kept fighting; we all kept fighting. We knew there was stuff we couldn’t control, and we kept it close.”

Bouye said he felt like the Patriots players were trying to goad the Jaguars into committing penalties, much like players said the Buffalo Bills players tried to do in the AFC wild-card game the Jaguars won 10-3.

Per the NFL, the Patriots’ one penalty is the fewest in a playoff game since 2011, when the Patriots were called for one in a victory over Baltimore.

That’s why Bouye was particularly upset at what he said he saw Amendola do.

“I’m going to defend my teammates,” Bouye said. “You all see it on TV, the one where Amendola head-butted Gip. Right after the whistle was blown. Right in front of them. I’m just asking how you going to let them do that?

“I understand you’re all going to let us play, but we know they’re going to try to instigate stuff. They head-butted my man. C’mon, man.”

Bouye said he wasn’t sure why he was called for pass interference against Brandin Cooks, either. Both players were hand-fighting and making contact down the sideline, and Bouye forced Cooks out of bounds. Tom Brady’s throw fell incomplete, but the officials penalized Bouye, and the 31-yard penalty gave the Patriots the ball on the Jaguars’ 13. Two plays later, they scored to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 14-10.

“I just got to watch the tape,” Bouye said. “I need to go look at the rulebook on [pass interference penalties], because you’re telling me the receiver can have his hands on me the whole way down the field, but if I look for the ball and try to protect myself from being pushed, it’s a flag?

“Like I said, I just have to be better. I can’t put my team in that situation. It’s a flag, I got to own up to it, find a way to get better at it.”

Linebacker Myles Jack was surprised at the penalty discrepancy when asked about it in the locker room.

“Interesting,” Jack said. “My thoughts on that is … yeah, that’s kind of self-explanatory. I didn’t know that.

“I’ll just say that’s self-explanatory. Interesting. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson smirked when he was asked about the penalties and whether he thought things were unevenly called.

“The stats speak for themselves,” he said.

Jaguars Fall Victim to Brady Fourth Quarter Rally; Dream Season Ends in 24-20 AFC Title Game Loss to Patriots

They had it.

Nine minutes were left in the AFC Title Game, and the Jags were in control of the game as a heavy underdog to the Patriots, leading 20-10.

Just like that, it all slipped away.

Like many teams before them (hello Atlanta), and probably many after them, the Jaguars are the latest to fall victim to a Tom Brady comeback, as for the 54th time in his career, 11th in the playoffs, the Pats future Hall of Fame QB led New England back, scoring twice against the NFL’s number two ranked defense, first against the pass, in a heartbreaking 24-20 loss.

It would have been an amazing win for a franchise still seeking its first Super Bowl birth, but instead after a 3-13 season a year ago, the Jags will go home on the short end of the stick, a place were sadly they have fallen in the playoffs every time before when they made the NFL’s second season.

“A lot of people were surprised by what happened this year, but nobody in that locker room was,” QB Blake Bortles said. “Our bar was set [at the Super Bowl], and we didn’t get there.”

They played pretty much the perfect game against the Patriots, as they ran the ball well, Bortles was very good with his play action, and the defense harassed Brady and his bad throwing hand much of the day.

In the end it came down to two back breaking drives by New England, as up 20-10 the Jags D, which was oh so good last week in Pittsburgh with the game on the line, failed to stop Brady and his receivers when it mattered the most.

It should never have come down to that, as the Jags could have put the game away up 20-10, as Myles Jack recovered a fumble by Patriots running back Dion Lewis, and the Jags were on the doorstep of the Super Bowl if they could have put up more points.

Instead, a quick three-and-out was all that Brady and the Pats needed to take over control of the game, this after wide out Alan Hurns was one-yard short on third down and the Jags punted.

Brady went down the field twice after that, and it was game over. Brady was 9 of 14 for 138 yards in the final quarter, dominating the Jags number one ranked pass defense.

“It’s tough, especially when we had opportunities to go out and put up a bigger lead when we had a lead,” Hurns said. “But also that last drive. We weren’t able to go out and put together a game-winning drive.”

Bortles completed 23 of 36 passes for 293 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked three times, but for the third time this postseason he was careful with the ball, not committing a turnover.

Jacksonville had one last shot, and they early on looked like they could put together a drive that could have made history. They got to the Pats 47 at the two-minute warning, but a 4th and 14 throw to Dede Westbrook on fourth down was broken up by New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The Jags would never get the ball back, ending a season that many won’t soon forget.

Just short.

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Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Claims Pats TE Rob Gronkowski “Hasn’t Played a Corner Like Me Before”

In Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey will have to back up his fighting words against perhaps his toughest matchup this season: New England Patriots superhuman Rob Gronkowski.

Ramsey, to no one’s surprise, is not intimidated in the slightest, Jeremy Bergman of reports.

“He hasn’t played a corner like me before,” he told reporters Friday. When asked exactly what he meant by the statement, Ramsey quickly replied, “Everything.”

This bold claim comes on the heels of Ramsey proclaiming to a sympathetic crowd in Jacksonville last Sunday that the Jags were “going to the Super Bowl. And we gonna win that b—-. We gonna win that b—-,” adding “Duuuuuuuuvalllll” for needed emphasis.

Wednesday AFC Championship Game Injury Report – Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots

Practice Report
Wednesday S Tashaun Gipson (foot), G Patrick Omameh (illness)
Wednesday S Barry Church (shoulder), RB Leonard Fournette (ankle), DT Malik Jackson (ankle)
Wednesday QB Blake Bortles (right wrist), LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen)
Practice Report
Wednesday QB Tom Brady (right hand), DT Alan Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), RB Mike Gillislee (knee), LaAdrian Waddle (knee)

Jacksonville Bakery Sends Seven Turnovers to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

Jags fans and now even businesses continue to have fun at the expense of the Steelers over their huge AFC Divisional win on Sunday in Pittsburgh, and the latest case comes from a local bakery/deli in Jacksonville.

The latest trolling of Steelers nation by Jags fan came from a bakery in Jacksonville, Cinotti’s Bakery – as they packed up and sent seven turnovers, the amount collected in two games against the Steelers – to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

On Tuesday, Cinotti’s Bakery shipped a care package to Heinz Field and addressed the shipment to Big Ben. Inside were seven baked turnovers and a handwritten note.

In a Facebook post, bakery staff said the pastries were Cinotti’s way of saying thanks for the seven turnovers Roethlisberger racked up in two losses to the Jaguars this season.

Roethlisberger threw five interceptions when the teams squared off in Pittsburgh back in October. He added another pick and a fumble (which Telvin Smith returned for a touchdown) on Sunday.

“We appreciated the turnovers you gave us over our season so in return we wanted you to get a taste of 7 turnovers,” the post said. “So here are our very best apple, blueberry and cherry turnovers!”

Bengals Fans Give Nearly $5000 to Blake Bortles’ Charity After Jags Beat the Steelers

Bengals fans enjoyed watching the Jaguars top the Steelers Sunday, as they loved seeing their rival Steelers fall to the Jaguars 45-42 in the AFC Divisional Round, ending the hopes for the Steelers of reaching the Super Bowl.

Cincy fans were very grateful for the outing for Jags QB Blake Bortles, so much so that a number of themy donated to his foundation in a ‘thank you’ of sorts for the win over their bitter enemies.

Here’s the story:

The nearly $5,000 in contributions donated so far started to come in after the Jaguars beat the Bengals’ rival, the Steelers, 45-42.

“Fans are at the core of the football experience and it’s truly exciting and rewarding when they band together, regardless of the team they cheer for, to make a positive impact in the lives of others. I greatly appreciate the support displayed by Bengals fans and they should know their support will make a difference,” said Bortles.

Cincinnati sports radio host Mo Egger encouraged Bengals fans through his blog, Twitter page, and during his show Monday to, as he said, “pay it forward” and support the Bortles Foundation.

Established in 2016, the Blake Bortles Foundation supports first responders in Oviedo and Jacksonville, Florida, and partners with organizations in Jacksonville and Oviedo to help children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Fans Pour Into EverBank Field to Welcome Home the AFC Championship Bound Jaguars

Jaguar fans are excited about their win over the Steelers and upcoming chance in the AFC Title game next Sunday against the Patriots, and showed their pride by coming to EverBank Field to welcome home the team after the 45-42 win.

Here’s a tweet of the fans pouring into the stadium.

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