PITTSBURGH (AP/WJXT) – The Jacksonville Jaguars, yes those Jacksonville Jaguars, are heading to the AFC championship game.
The Jaguars headed to Pittsburgh Sunday to continue their quest for a franchise-first Lombardi Trophy.
The Jaguars dominated the Steelers back in October, winning by three touchdowns in a performance so overwhelming Ben Roethlisberger only half-jokingly wondered aloud whether he still had "it" after throwing a career-high five picks.
Roethlisberger and his teammates left little doubt they hoped for a rematch, one that came to fruition after Jacksonville outlasted Buffalo in an ugly wild-card victory; the Jaguars survived in spite of an 87-yard passing performance by Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
Jacksonville cornerback A.J. Bouye cautioned Pittsburgh to be careful what it wished for, and the Jaguars hardly appeared intimidated by the 18-degree chill or trying to earn their first road playoff win in a decade.
The Jaguars offense was efficient right out of the gate, capping an eight-play, 66-yard drive with a gutsy fourth-down Leonard Fournette 2-yard touchdown run.
Bortles connected on two big play-action passes, one to tight end Ben Koyack and another to tight end James O’Shaughnessy, to set up the Fournette score.
The Jaguars defense came out swinging, holding Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense to a three-and-out on their first possession. On the Steelers’ second possession, Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack picked off a Roethlisberger pass, setting up a 17-yard Fournette touchdown run.