Jaguars Upset Steelers

The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-9 in week five of the NFL season. The Pittsburgh Steelers wanted a rematch with Jacksonville Jaguars and they got there wish but would the results be different in the AFC Divisional Round? Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh 45-42 and it was one of the biggest upsets in the NFL postseason in the past few years.

Back in the 2007 season, Jacksonville beat the Pittsburgh Steelers twice (once in the regular season and once in the postseason). The Jacksonville Jaguars scored two touchdowns in the first-quarter and they were both by Leonard Fournette (1-yard and 18-yard runs). T.J. Yeldon scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in the second for Jacksonville. Yeldon finished with 20 yards rushing on five carries and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 57 yards receiving.

Later in the second, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown for the Steelers. Telvin Smith returned a fumble for a 50-yard touchdown later in the second for Jacksonville. He was called for a taunting after the touchdown. Later in the second on a fourth down play, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. Bryant finished with two receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.

In the third quarter, Roethlisberger threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Le’Veon Bell. In the fourth quarter, Leonard Fournette scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for the Jaguars. Fournette finished with 109 rushing yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 10 yards receiving.

On a fourth down play, Antonio Brown caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown finished with seven receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He missed the past couple of games in the regular season with a calf injury. On the ensuing Jaguars possession, Blake Bortles threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Bohanon. Bortles completed 14-of-26 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 35 yards on five carries.

With under 2:20 in the game, Ben Roethlisberger lateraled the ball and Le’Veon Bell scored on a 8-yard touchdown run. Bell finished with 67 rushing yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. He also caught nine passes for 88 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Steelers decided to onside kick and they didn’t recover the kick because of illegal touching.

Josh Lambo drilled a 45-yard field goal for Jacksonville with 1:45 remaining. The Steelers took too much time on the final drive with no timeouts. They were called for intentional ground with under :50 seconds remaining. They should’ve kicked a field goal after that but didn’t. Pittsburgh scored on a 4-yard touchdown reception by JuJu Smith-Schuster from Roethlisberger with one second remaining. Smith-Schuster had three receptions for five yards and a touchdown. Roethlisberger completed 37-of-58 passes for 469 yards five touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 16 yards on two carries.

Vance McDonald caught 10 passes for 112 yards receiving. The Steelers failed to convert fourth-and-1 twice in the first and third quarter in Jacksonville territory. That is probably the difference of the game. Pittsburgh attempted an onside kick with one second left, but they failed to recover and score a touchdown. Pittsburgh will face many questions heading into this offseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the New England Patriots on the road in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers season concludes.

 

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