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What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Jacksonville

Posted Jan 14, 2018

The highs and lows of the Steelers AFC Divisional Round playoff matchup vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The highs and lows of the Steelers Divisional Playoff game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

1:05 p.m. ET - Kickoff

1:12 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The game didn’t start the way most expected the game to start. The Jaguars took the opening kickoff and marched 66 yards on eight plays with Leonard Fournette vaulting over the top on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line for the touchdown. On the drive, Blake Bortles completed three straight passes to three different receivers for 53 yards. Jacksonville had a 7-0 lead with 10:40 remaining in the first quarter.

1:32 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Bad to worse. On the Steelers’ second possession, two runs by Le’Veon Bell netted a 1-yard loss, and then on third-and-11, Ben Roethlisberger’s attempted sideline pass for Vance McDonald was intercepted by Myles Jack at the Pittsburgh 18-yard line. On the next play, Leonard Fournette ran 18 yards for the touchdown that upped the Jaguars lead to 14-0 with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter.

1:42 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers finally started moving the ball on their third possession, and after stringing together three first downs, they came to face a third-and-2 at the Jaguars 22-yard line. On the next play, a toss sweep to Le’Veon Ball gained 1 yards, and the Steelers opted to go for it on fourth-and-short. But then another toss sweep to Bell lost 4 yards, and the Jaguars took over on downs on their own 25-yard line.

1:45 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Jaguars 14, Steelers 0

1:54 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Jaguars offense continued to slice through the Steelers defense like a hot knife through butter. The third touchdown drive covered 75 yards in 11 plays and was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by T.J. Yeldon that upped Jacksonville’s lead to 21-0 with 11:31 remaining in the second quarter. In the game’s opening 18-and-a-half minutes, the Jaguars had 105 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

2:02 p.m. ET - What went right: Three minutes and 11 seconds after the Jaguars took a 21-0 lead, the Steelers offense woke up. A six-play, 64-yard drive was capped by a 23-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, who made a one-handed catch in the back of the end zone even while being blanketed by A.J. Bouye. Eli Rogers caught two passes for 17 yards on the drive, and Le’Veon Bell had a 21-yard run.

2:21 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers had the ball after their defense forced a punt, and it was second-and-10 at the Jacksonville 47-yard line. Back to pass and trying to cut into the Jaguars’ 21-7 lead, Ben Roethlisberger was sacked and stripped by Yannick Ngakoue. Telvin Smith recovered the fumble and returned it 50 yards for the touchdown that restored Jacksonville’s lead to 21 points, 28-7, with 2:20 remaining in the first half.

2:31 p.m. ET - What went right: To cap off an unbelievable first half – both unbelievable in a bad way for the Steelers and unbelievable in a good way for the Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger completed a 36-yard pass for a touchdown to Martavis Bryant on a fourth-and-11 with 32 seconds left in the first half. That capped a seven-play, 51-yard drive that cut the Steelers’ deficit to 28-14 at halftime.

2:35 p.m. ET - Halftime: Jaguars 28, Steelers 14

2:58 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers ended the first half with a touchdown and opened the second half with another, which came on a 10-play, 77-yard drive that narrowed their deficit to 28-21 with 9:09 left in the third quarter. Ben Roethlisberger completed 6-for-6 for 59 yards on the drive, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Le’Veon Bell on a third-and-9.

3:19 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Jaguars 28, Steelers 21

3:23 p.m. ET - What went right: Special teams came up with a big play early in the fourth quarter when Rob Golden broke in over the left side and deflected a punt by Josh Lambo. The kick traveled only 15 yards and gave the Steelers the ball at the Jacksonville 48-yard line with 14:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.

3:29 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Another fourth-and-1. Another failure by the Steelers offense. This one came three plays after Rob Golden deflected a Josh Lambo punt, and the Jaguars took over at their own 39-yard line with 12:44 remaining after Ben Roethlisberger’s pass for JuJu Smith-Schuster was incomplete.

3:35 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Five plays after the Steelers failure to convert a fourth-and-short for the second time, the Jaguars restored their lead to two touchdowns with a five-play, 61-yard drive that ended with Leonard Fournette’s third rushing touchdown of the afternoon. The big play on the drive was a 45-yard pass to Keelan Cole, who caught the ball between Artie Burns and Joe Haden at the Steelers 3-yard line.

3:44 p.m. ET - What went right: Fourth down. Five yards to go, from the Jacksonville 43-yard line. Just over nine minutes to go in a game the Steelers trailed by two touchdowns, 35-21. One more failure on fourth down by the Steelers and the game would seem to be over. Ben Roethlisberger got flushed out of the pocket, and it almost seemed as though he just chucked it down the field toward Antonio Brown. But even as he was being held by A.J. Bouye, Brown made the catch for the touchdown, and it was 35-28.

3:57 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers defense needed a stop. Preferably a takeaway. And it was a third-and-5 at the Jaguars 30-yard line. But instead of a stop or a takeaway, the Steelers defense gave up a 40-yard swing pass to T.J. Yeldon that moved the ball to the Pittsburgh 30-yard line. A few plays later, off a play-action fake, Blake Bortles found a wide open Tommy Bohanon in the middle of the field, and he waltzed in for the touchdown that made it 42-28.

4:27 p.m. ET - Final Score: Jaguars 45, Steelers 42