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  • Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan waited until the final few minutes to start celebrating.

    Had he uncorked the champagne when the game was essentially over, Khan would have been drinking by halftime.

    including two to seldom-used backup Jaydon Mickens,Blake Bortles threw three touchdowns passes , and the Jaguars clinched a playoff spot with a 45-7 drubbing of AFC South rival Houston on Sunday. Jacksonville's seventh victory in its last eight games locked up the franchise's first postseason berth since 2007.

    "It's a story of perseverance," Khan said .

    Once the NFL's poster child for futility and a punchline for potential relocation, the Jaguars (10-4) are now one of the league's top turnarounds.

    The injury-riddled Texans (4-10) have dropped four in a row and seven of eight.

    " Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "You can tell that by the way they played. That's what you play for: playoff football. You play this game to win the ultimate goal. When you don't get there,womens Adam Vinatieri Jersey,"They can smell the playoffs,womens Anthony Castonzo Jersey, what you did is not good."

    Bortles finished with a season-high 326 yards and the best QB rating (143.8) of his career. He did it without receivers Allen Robinson,womens Darius Butler Jersey, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee.

    Hurns (ankle) inactive and Lee (ankle) in the locker room,womens Jacoby Brissett Jersey,With Robinson (knee) on injured reserve, Mickens and rookie Keelan Cole stepped up. Mickens caught four passes for 61 yards and two scores . Cole had seven receptions for a career-high 186 yards and a TD.

    Mickens disclosed earlier this week that he slept in his car outside the facility at night to save money,womens Calais Campbell Jersey, not knowing how long he would remain in town.

    Now, he and teammates will be getting playoff checks.

    " Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "Now we can get over the giddiness of it. ... It's cool to be where we are,Authentic Telvin Smith Jersey,"It's kind of cool that we solidified our spot, but we're not done yet."

    That's a huge change for Jacksonville, which was an NFL-worst 22-74 over the previous six years and widely considered more of a laughingstock than a postseason contender.

    Khan fired coach Gus Bradley one year ago Sunday, following a close loss at Houston. Khan hired Tom Coughlin to oversee football decisions and made interim Doug Marrone the head coach. Coughlin and Marrone added several key players and changed the culture with a grueling offseason and training camp.

    The Jags got off to an up-and-down start, but have hit their stride down the stretch.,womens Telvin Smith Jersey,

    Bortles has been better than expected of late, with seven touchdown passes and no turnovers the last three games.

    " Jackson said. "I'm just glad he's been able to turn it around. I'm glad he's doing what we knew he could do,"Blake's killing it, and I'm glad he's proving to himself that he can do it. He chose one hell of a year to pick it up."Authentic Allen Hurns Jersey,"

    With Bortles picking apart Houston's secondary,Authentic Adam Vinatieri Jersey, the Jaguars didn't even need running back Leonard Fournette. The rookie was inactive because of a sore right quadriceps muscle.

    which has been the glue all season,Authentic Anthony Castonzo Jersey,Jacksonville's defense,Authentic Darius Butler Jersey, was dominant again. The unit held Houston to 186 yards.

    The Jags led 31-0 at the break,Authentic Jacoby Brissett Jersey, their largest halftime lead in team history.

    "It was very satisfying,Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey, defensive tackle Calais Campbell said.

    The Texans looked lost in every aspect. They did little on offense outside Hopkins' 25-yard TD catch against Jalen Ramsey and did even less to slow down Jacksonville.

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    who also called Bortles "trash" in the locker room. "It's embarrassing for the whole organization.","It's embarrassing,womens Paul Posluszny Jersey, and you never want to get beat like that," said linebacker/defensive end Jadeveon Clowney