But when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday (at 1 PM ET), they will have to look a whole lot better if they want to move onto the AFC Championship Game. Jacksonville beat Pittsburgh 30-9 earlier in the season with the Jags secondary intercepting Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times.
Sunday at Heinz Field the Jaguars defense will be tasked with shutting down Steelers All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell, who had all of 47 yards on 15 carries in the Week 5 game against Jacksonville.
Their best game came in that Week Five beating of the Steelers. "Like I said, we collectively, everyone - it starts with me to [offensive coordinator Nathaniel] Hackett to the assistant coaches to the players - we've got to do a better job". "I'm going to go out and play this one and give everything I have". We didn't necessarily stick to our game plan. "He can run the offense". I went to London to see my first National Football League game in a stadium. "We just played to win". This is the first time Jacksonville has qualified for the postseason since the 2006 season. Bortles threw just one pass in the second half as the Jags dominated thanks to five interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and a season-high 231 yards rushing.
Jacksonville turned the ball over 23 times this season, that's more than any other playoff team except Tennessee, which had 25 turnovers, as reported by Tim Benz at TribLive.com. The passing game struggled and the run game continued the struggles that have defined the area much of the season - particularly in November and December. "It's a little bit faster each game".
It's one of the main reasons why he waited until September 4 to sign the franchise tender that made him the highest-paid running back in the league, a decision that briefly alienated the fan base, but one his teammates understood completely. In the cold and wind and (maybe) snow and under the pressure of playing on the road in the playoffs, what gives you any indication whatsoever that Blake Bortles will successfully complete a throw of outcome such as that in a huge situation. Since the Jaguars won in Week 5, here is a blueprint for another victory in Pittsburgh. Malik Jackson deserved the MVP in the Broncos win in Super Bowl 50 and now he is leading the Jaguars interior defensive linemen to a similar dominance in 2017. "New year, new season, biggest game yet".
The Steelers are heavy favorites for a reason. However, ever since Ryan Shazier was lost, the Steelers defense has been susceptible to runs up the middle. The weather in this game should benefit the Steelers, who are used to playing in colder weather. Philadelphia has generated just 13 points of offense in their last two games, and an extra week of preparation won't turn backup quarterback Nick Foles into the MVP candidate Wentz was this season. The top receiver in the game finished with 1,533 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Jaguars also beat the Steelers 31-29 the last time the teams faced off in the playoffs in January 2008. Bortles threw for only 87 yards in the Jaguars' 10-3 victory. Leonard Fournette rushed for 57 yards in 21 attempts. WR Marqise Lee's 56 catches led the team and WR Keelan Cole was fourth among league rookies with 748 yards receiving.
Bortles simply can't play like he did last weekend.
Q: Have you changed your kicking style much in the NFL? But a close look at the tape revealed a subtle push by Brown to free himself from Ramsey as he ran the route. In last meeting, registered a 28-yard pick-six; S Barry Church added a 51-yard pick-six and S Tashaun Gipson did not score, but grabbed two interceptions.
That was Roethlisberger's worst day of the season. His 88 yards rushing were the most by a Jaguars player in almost a month.
Pittsburgh is expecting to get Antonio Brown back for this game.