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Bortles Foundation gets contribution from Bengals fans after Steelers loss

18 January 2018

While the Cincinnati Bengals did not qualify for the playoffs, fans are still celebrating the season of giving more than two weeks into the new year.

After watching Bills fans donate almost $400,000 to the charity of Andy Dalton, Bengals fans have chose to pay it forward this week by donating money to the Blake Bortles Foundation. Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass that pushed the Bengals over the top, allowing the Bills to make their first playoff appearance since 1999.

In just his second career playoff start, Blake Bortles took the Jacksonville Jaguars into Pittsburgh and won 45-42, ending the Steelers season.

Fans of the Cincinnati Bengals showed their appreciation for Blake Bortles by donating money to his foundation after the quarterback helped the Jacksonville Jaguars upend the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He says he appreciates the contributions and adds that Bengals fans "should know their support will make a difference".

The donations are already approaching $5,000, according to First Coast News, which reached Bortles for comment.

The Blake Bortles Foundation was established in 2015 to support children with intellectual and developmental challenges as they pursue independent and active lives.

This is not the first time the Bengals have acted charitably between National Football League teams. Bortles' foundation gives back to local Jacksonville communities.

After Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was the beneficiary of a charitable windfall from Buffalo Bills fans, Bengals fans are now paying it forward. Well, with the Jaguars headed to the AFC Championship Game, Dilfer has since apologized for his remarks.

Bortles Foundation gets contribution from Bengals fans after Steelers loss