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Malik Jackson

Jaguars thump Texans 45-7 for 1st playoff berth since 2007

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.

Blake Bortles threw three touchdowns passes , including two to seldom-used backup Jaydon Mickens, 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...

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