Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the Jacksonville Jaguars divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 14, 2018.
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Vince Williams: “A lot of people like to give Blake Bortles crap and say he is a game manager. Well, he just managed the hell out of us.” @TheAthleticPIT It was truly amazing. twitter.com/JeffDarlington…Parking lot starting to fill up in LOT J. #Jaguars https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTiSs4vVAAA6fGg.jpgCam Heyward: “We didn’t fit enough, didn’t tackle enough. Can’t do that vs good teams. We didn’t get off the field enough, and then on a 4th-and-2, we know Fournette’s getting the ball. Just disheartening. As a leader, that falls on me.”Jaguars LB Myles Jack on how Le’Veon Bells tweet motivated them: “Everybody was aware of what’s going on,” he said. “We just don’t tolerate disrespect. Just don’t tolerate it. … It was weird, because, we had won the last game and I guess they forgot… espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Cam Hayward: ‘Rust did not play a part. Execution played a part, not trusting that everybody is going to be in their gaps.”Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert didn’t leave the locker room until every player was gone. Never saw that before for a home game.Cam Hayward: “We didn’t fit enough, didn’t tackle enough. Can’t do that vs good teams. We didn’t get off the field enough, and then on a 4th-and-2, we know Fournette’s getting the ball. Just disheartening. As a leader, that falls on me.”Only QB drafted from 2013-2017 to start AND win two playoff games: Blake Bortles. #Jaguars Artie Burns on long catch by Cole “I don’t want to make it all about officials but there are calls that officials have to make. I understand they want to see a high-scoring game but I am out here trying to perfect my craft and things like that I know I can’t do.”The Jaguars are opening EverBank Field at 6:30 pm ET for fans to welcome the team back from Pittsburgh. The team is expected to arrive around 9 pm ET. Fans are encouraged to leave their bags at home. Parking is free. At least two players are expected to… espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Actually, not one of them talked about the Patriots this week. twitter.com/PaulZeise/stat…Ben Roethlisberger on his future: Offensive line under contract and ‘that makes it good for me. I look forward to next year with the guys.’Very down locker room. Some taking the loss real hard.Patriots installed as 10-point favorite over #Jaguars next week.Several Steelers players took exception to any belief they were looking ahead to Patriots. Jacksonville was just better, DE Cam Heyward and others said.Ben Roethlisberger: “I plan on coming back next year.'”This team is GASSED. UP.
And there’s someone Malik Jackson would like to see…… #Jaguars
This should be fun… twitter.com/fcn2go/status/…#Jaguars to face #Patriots in New England with AFC Championship on the line
firstcoastnews.com/article/sports…Per ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Jaguars players could be heard in the hall shouting “Where’s Mitchell? Bring Mike out here!”The #Jaguars are 10-0 when Blake Bortles doesn’t turn the ball over.#Jaguars run over #Steelers in divisional-round matchup, headed to AFC Championship Game
The greatest QB in history.
#Jaguars at New England, next Sunday at 3:05 p.m.Awful onside kick…This is now the most points scored by ANY team in a playoff game in Pittsburgh. The Steelers scored 42 in a 1996 Wild Card win over the Colts. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Tommy Bohanon had only scored touchdowns against the Texans until this point. #Jaguars Dede Westbrook picks up 8 yards on his first catch of the game. First down for #Jaguars .Bortles went through all of his progressions, hit Yeldon, who paid off.This crowd at Heinz Field only making noise when prompted to.Maybe some good news for the Jaguars: Since the start of the 2014 postseason teams are 9-0 in the playoffs when scoring 35 points…the last team to lose was the 2013 Chiefs (lost 45-44 at Colts in Wild Card Round). That’s per ESPN Stats & Information. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…That throw and catch was ridiculously difficult.How many TD catches can the Steelers make with DBs all over them? What a great throw and catch. Brown got inside position, which made it harder for A.J. Bouye, but it was still a tough catch. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Steelers TD passes today
#Jaguars led 35-28 with 9:05 left.Steelers would be wise to keep pumping ball to Brown, esp with three drives inside Jax 40 netting zero points. Brown/Roethlisberger win or lose on their terms here.There is no one like Antonio Brown on this planet…The Steelers have allowed 4 TDs to Jacksonville and all the chatter is about the OC. Only in Pittsburgh.That was a big-boy drive by the Jaguars. After a big fourth-down stop, converting a third-and-8 where they almost didn’t get the snap off, and Keelan Cole coming up with a huge catch at the 3. Jaguars now up two TDs with 10:34 left. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Jaguars have turned two fourth-down stops into touchdowns. Lead back to 14 points again.Fournette entered today with three Rush TD in last eight games.
Has three todayThree touchdowns on the day for Fournette. #Jaguars Keelan Cole’s first playoff catch goes for 45 yards. #Jaguars The Steelers haven’t used a QB sneak in 10 years but people are always surprised when they don’t use it.Huge fourth-down stop by the Jaguars. That’s a good way to snap momentum. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Kind of confused as to why the Steelers aren’t targeting Jarrod Wilson.Jaguars still clinging to a 28-21 lead … but it feels like it’s just a matter of time before the Steelers tie it up. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Dupree’s got to help Fort on that Yeldon first down. Steelers have been undisciplined on the Jaguars’ screen plays and short gains.Yeldon looking strong in this game. #Jaguars Jaguars say S Tashaun Gipson is questionable with a foot injury. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…From ESPN Stats & Information: Since starting 3-of-3, Blake Bortles is 4-of-13 for 30 yards and has not completed a pass traveling 10 or more yards downfield.
espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Ben Roethlisberger is 10-of-11 for 66 yards on screen passes, his most attempts on screens all year (via @ESPNStatsInfo ). Late-season difference has been Roethlisberger/Bell picking up an extra 30 yards per game compared to early in yearRoethlisberger 14 straight completions.The Steelers are taking advantage of the aggressive rush with screens. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Steelers OL dominating nowBouye and Ramsey are taking their turn covering AB. Seems like there’s no rhyme or reason of who and whenThis drive has Antonio Brown written all over it.Wonderful play by Fort. That’s a tough choice for him — step up to go after Bortles or stay with Lewis.Fournette back with 9:02 left in third quarter. twitter.com/mike_e_kaye/st…Fournette is back in the game and gets the carry.Hargrave out and Walton in at NTJaguars’ offense needs to do something to stop the Steelers’ momentum. They were dominating the line of scrimmage for much of the first half. If Leonard Fournette can give them anything, it has to be this drive. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…That’s another great throw and catch. Telvin Smith had good coverage but Roethlisberger put the ball in a perfect spot and Bell held on. Jaguars defense is reeling a bit right now. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Let’s see how Jaguars’ play calling changes now that Steelers have re-applied pressure.As I said, the defense needs to step up or this comeback won’t happen. A stop here would be huge. @TheAthleticPIT Le’Veon Bell says value me with that touchdown catch.Ben to Bell with Telvin Smith in coverage. Touchdown. #Jaguars And again with the 1-on-1 no help on ABThat’s an awful call. JuJu Smith-Schuster pushed Jalen Ramsey into Le’Veon Bell. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Jacksonville is man-up no help with AB again and nothing. HmmmGive Heinz Field credit for that late hit flag.Antonio Brown straight up man against Ramsey with no over the top help. In the past, no way Ben doesn’t go thereLeonard Fournette is back on the field for warmups before the second half. Encouraging sign. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…If it’s possible to lead by 14 points and feel shaky that may be what everyone is feeling right now. They’ve given up two explosive pass plays — including a 36-yard TD pass on fourth-and-11 — and running back Leonard Fournette left the game with an… espn.com/espn/now?nowId…The #Jaguars ‘ leading rusher was sidelined in the second quarter of Jacksonville’s divisonal-round matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.