SERIES HISTORY: 25th all-time meeting.
The Steelers also won't underestimate Jacksonville this time. We take advantage of opportunities. "We know we're playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and that's what we're focused on and, hey, we'll see what happens". "We're going to have to be on our Ps and Qs and try to execute the game plan as best we can". "We want to be balanced". Those guys, they both like to talk a bit of trash and they're going to be matched up with each other the whole game. Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 11-5-2 ATS in their last 18 playoff games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Ben Roethlisberger struggled to throw deep early in the season. He had only 87 in last week's WildCard round win over the Buffalo Bills, though he did rush for a team-high 88 yards as Fournette was limited to 57 on 21 carries. "A lot of outside factors that could have been divisive for our group", Haley said. It won't be easy, but if you do all or most of that, you'll likely win. "So hopefully we can use that experience to my advantage". While we probably shouldn't expect another goose egg, with the Jags wide receivers all healthy, Hurns could have shaky volume against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The good news is that Brown actually had a decent day against him in the regular season catching 10 passes for 157 yards. If he can be effective, it will be a big boost for a Steelers offense that relies heavily on their All-Pro receiver. The Steelers [VIDEO] are 7.5-point favorites against the Jaguars.
"This is a very special victory for us, not just because it's a playoff win", Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after that victory on January 3, 2015.
Compare that to a year ago, when he needed a painkiller shot before the AFC title game just to play, a patchwork solution that failed spectacularly.
Surprisingly, Fournette, who ran for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns for the season, doesn't list that among his top plays as a rookie.
SACKSONVILLE: Jacksonville finished second to the Steelers in sacks (56-55) and was the only team in the National Football League this season and the first since the 2006 Ravens to have four players with at least eight sacks (defensive lineman Calais Campbell 14.5, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue 12.0, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr, 8.5 and defensive tackle Malik Jackson 8.0).
The Jaguars are more capable of winning one-on-one with any of their top five pressure package defenders, but they'll also bring the occasional blitz as well. He passed for 3,687 yards this season, giving him at least 3,500 yards passing in each of the last three years ...
Behind a dominant rushing game led by Leonard Fournette and a stout defense, the Jags showed their value in Pittsburgh.
So the Jaguars won and will make a return trip to Pittsburgh, home of their proudest recent moment as a franchise. Jacksonville stunned Pittsburgh 31-29 at Heinz Field in wild-card round of 2007 playoffs. CB Jalen Ramsey stole INT with 32 seconds remaining in game last week ...
"He'll get in a guy's head now", linebacker Telvin Smith said. 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. Ben Roethlisberger? C'mon!
Antonio Brown's calf is good to go. He has thrown 22 touchdowns to seven interceptions since the Jacksonville loss. But Bell and Brown should step up this time, leaving Jags with surprising matchup challenge for the talented Jags secondary against up-and-coming TE Vance McDonald. "But because of who it comes against, which is our most respected rival".