Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42 in AFC Divisional playoff

Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42 in AFC Divisional playoff

We knew what we were going to do. As of Monday morning, 63% of the betting tickets and 73% of the money were on New England to cover the large point spread.

Because Philadelphia and Jacksonville are in different Super Bowl semifinals, it's possible Alabama will have zero, one, three or four alumni on the field in Super Bowl LII on February 4.

Quite frankly, often times sports do not go the way they're scripted. It stings. You hate to lose it. Bortles has one or less touchdown passes in 10 of his last 14 games. In Week 5 the Jaguars pulled off a 30-9 upset. The Steelers, the league-leaders in sacks, did not record a sack and allowed the Jaguars to convert 8-of-14 third-down opportunities as well as a late fourth-down play that ended with fullback Tommy Bohannon in the end zone with the ball.

"We didn't execute enough or get off the field", Heyward said. It was collective as a defense. The Steelers faced a 4th-and-1 at the Jacksonville 21-yard line, badly needing a score. Tom Brady is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Two first-half turnovers led directly to points.

"I think we get everyone healthy, it can even be more special", he said. But that Jacksonville defense is what gives it a punchers chance in this game, as the three teams that beat the Pats this season were able to rush Brady, force mistakes and prevent the offense from getting in a groove.

Odds and ends: This marks the first time since 1996 Jacksonville has won multiple playoff games in a season. It could just never get over the hump and Jacksonville had a lot to do with that.

"In the first half, we didn't stop the run at all", defensive end Cameron Heyward said. All momentum was in favor of Pittsburgh, especially after Jacksonville had to punt their first two possessions.

The Steelers produced 545 total yards and averaged seven yards a play, but Roethlisberger needed to throw 58 passes to do it and didn't have a fully healthy Antonio Brown at his disposal.

Jacksonville jumped out to an early lead and held on the rest of the way.

"Coach [Doug Marrone] told us about that this morning", defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "We're going to go out there confident". "I'm not addressing the possibilities".

This matchup features two hard-nosed defenses that will limit the opponent's offensive production on the ground. However, he wasn't taking the bait. We fell short, obviously, because we don't win it all.

The Jaguars head to Boston next Sunday to take on the New England Patriots.

Ramon Foster was asked about that possibility and he - without hesitation - said, "hell no!. The focus was one at a time". He just is. As low as the probability is for the kicking team to recover one, that number goes down exponentially when he's doing the kicking.

And that result leaves a bitter taste in many mouths entering what's going to be a longer-than-expected offseason. There had been reports and such that he may be considering retirement.

"I definitely have a desire to play football", he said. I'm a guy they can kind of look at.

Le'Veon Bell made it clear in a much-talked-about tweet in the days prior to the game.

The Steelers' versatile running back had another huge game and season.



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