Pay it forward: Bengals fans donate to Jags QB Bortles' charity

When the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, paving the way for the Buffalo Bills to reach the playoffs, thankful Bills fans showed their appreciation by donating to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's charitable foundation.

Now, Bengals fans are following suit by rewarding Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles for defeating their division rival in the playoffs.

SEE EARLIER: Elated Buffalo Bills fans shower another team's quarterback with donations

According to the Blake Bortles Foundation, more than 100 fans have donated close to $5,000 since the Jaguars beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42 in the AFC divisional round on Sunday.

"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," Bortles said in a statement. "I greatly appreciate the support displayed by Bengals fans and they should know their support will make a difference."

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) carries the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence (51) during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) catches a pass between Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns (25) and Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (21) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) carries the ball to score a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers (17) catches the ball over Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) in front of Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) during the first half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) carries the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence (51) and Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) during the first half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) prepares to throw the ball as Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (77) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack (83) carries the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) and Steelers cornerback Artie Burns (25) defend during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Barry Church (42) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) carries the ball to score a touchdown past Pittsburgh Steelers free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) catches the ball in front of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) to score a touchdown during the first half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) prepares to throw the ball during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The Blake Bortles Foundation attributed the wave of support to Cincinnati radio host Mo Egger of ESPN1530, who urged Bengals fans on air to pay it forward as a way to stick it to Steelers fans. Bills fans ended up donating more than $300,000 to Dalton's foundation, The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation, after Week 17.

Bortles threw for 214 yards and had a touchdown in the Jaguars' playoff win over the Steelers. His touchdown pass to fullback Tommy Bohanon with 4:19 remaining put Jacksonville up 42-28 at the time.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Odds of making Super Bowl: 19%
Odds of winning Super Bowl: 6%

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Minnesota Vikings

Odds of making Super Bowl: 43%
Odds of winning Super Bowl: 25%

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Philadelphia Eagles

Odds of making Super Bowl: 57%
Odds of winning Super Bowl: 25%

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New England Patriots

Odds of making Super Bowl: 81%
Odds of winning Super Bowl: 44%

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The Blake Bortles Foundation supports children with intellectual and developmental challenges as they pursue independent, active lives and provides assistance to first responders.

--Field Level Media

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