The rookie's first big game had just pulled the Bengals through a sloppy day all-around, and he was making sure to take it all in.
With the Bengals' backfield depleted and their offense struggling, Hill made the plays that pulled them through. Then he made sure to enjoy it.
"Soaking it all in, man," he said, still in full uniform long after the game ended. "You never know when you're going to get another opportunity like that. It's the opportunity of a lifetime."
"We challenged him," Dalton said. "We knew he was going to get a lot of carries with Gio out. He answered and had played pretty well. Even besides that 60-yard run, he was having a really good day. I'm sure this is one he'll remember for a long time."
"I tried to throw it out of the end zone," said Bortles, who was 22 of 33 for 247 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Allen Hurns. "It wasn't what I wanted. It didn't come out of my hand great."
The Bengals held onto first place in the AFC North despite a sloppy game. They host intrastate rival Cleveland on Thursday night and will need to play better than they did against a one-win team.
"We didn't play as well as we should," receiver Mohamed Sanu said. "Everybody knows we can play a lot better."
Sanu had four catches for 95 yards on Sunday, including an over-the-shoulder catch for a 33-yard gain in the first half. He held on for a 36-yard gain on the opening drive of the second half despite being leveled by Josh Evans, setting up Hill's 1-yard touchdown run for a 19-3 lead.
Green could have had a 12-yard touchdown catch in the first half, but it was nullified because he lined up beyond the line of scrimmage. Green finished with three catches for 44 yards in limited plays.
Jacksonville went three-and-out on its next possession, and Taylor Mays blocked Anger's kick out of the end zone for a safety.
The Bengals honored Mount St. Joseph basketball player Lauren Hill, who played her first game across town on Sunday despite an inoperable brain tumor. They showed her basket on the videoboard during a timeout. Defensive tackle Devon Still wore her name on his eye black strips, and left tackle Andrew Whitworth had her No. 22 on his gloves.
Notes: Bengals right tackle Andre Smith sprained his left ankle in the first half, returned before halftime but sat out the second half. Cornerback Leon Hall was being evaluated for a concussion in the second half. Hill missed a series in the first half after twisting his left knee. ... Jaguars guard Brandon Linder (shoulder), Evans (shoulder) and linebacker Jeremiah George (sprained ankle) left the game and didn't return. ... Hill's 154 yards were the most by a Bengals running back since Cedric Benson ran for 198 yards in a 45-10 win over Chicago on Oct. 25, 2009.
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