Buccaneers rally to defeat Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blake Bortles threw two touchdowns passes in three drives and gave the Jacksonville Jaguars an early lead against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rallied to win 27-21 in the preseason Saturday night.

Second in the NFL last season with 35 TD passes, Bortles connected with T.J. Yeldon for a 14-yard score in the first quarter and then lofted a 24-yarder to Allen Hurns in the back of the end zone in the second.

Bortles completed 8 of 11 passes for 85 yards, with no sacks and few mistakes.

Jameis Winston had a slow start, misfiring on his first six passes, but rebounded against Jacksonville's second-team defense and found Mike Evans on a fade route for a 4-yard score. Winston finished 3-of-10 passing for 28 yards, with an interception.

Tampa Bay (1-1) and Jacksonville (0-2) held two joint practices during the week, so they had plenty of in-person preparation before a mostly meaningless exhibition.

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press

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