No Super Bowl for the Steelers
PITTSBURGH (KnoxPA.com) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are heading to the AFC championship game. That’s right, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost today to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jaguars’ Rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns, Blake Bortles added 214 yards passing and a vital fourth-quarter score as the relentless Jaguars held the Steelers to a defeating loss of 45 – 42.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards and set a franchise record with five touchdown passes, but was also intercepted once and had a fumble returned for a score. All-Pro Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in his return from a left calf injury. Le’Veon Bell had 155 yards of total offense and two scores.
The Steelers were down a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and had fourth-and-inches at the Jacksonville 39. Roethlisberger checked at the line of scrimmage, faked a handoff to Bell and instead threw incomplete to diving rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Even a last minute touchdown for the Steelers was not enough to secure a victory.
The Jaguars travel to New England, where they were beaten in the 1996 AFC title game.
The Steelers, despite tying for the league’s best record, head home.