Steel­ers get another op­por­tu­nity to hunt down Jaguars

Pitts­burgh v Jack­sonville

Sport360 - - Nfl Playoffs Nba - By Jay Asser @Jay_Asser

If the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers are to reach the AFC Championship Game, they’ll first have to prove their hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat to Jack­sonville ear­lier this sea­son was a fluke.

Ben Roeth­lis­berger and the Steel­ers will seek re­demp­tion tonight when they square off with Jack­sonville in the divi­sional round, more than three months af­ter be­ing hum­bled in a 30-9 loss in Week 5.

In that con­test, Roeth­lis­berger was in­ter­cepted a ca­reer-high five times, with the Jaguars defence re­turn­ing a pair for touch­downs.

Af­ter­wards, the Steel­ers quar­ter­back, whether sar­cas­ti­cally or not, won­der if he doesn’t “have it any­more”.

In the lead-up to the re­match this week, Roeth­lis­berger praised Jack­sonville, say­ing they have “one of the best de­fences I’ve ever played against”, but ahead of the play­offs ad­mit­ted he wanted another crack at the AFC South win­ners.

The Jaguars, how­ever, have warned Roeth­lis­berger to be care­ful what he wishes for.

“I would want to play us again too,” said All-Pro corner­back Jalen Ram­sey. “He threw five picks and was con­tem­plat­ing re­tire­ment say­ing whether he had it or not af­ter play­ing us.

“They had a good sea­son af­ter our game. But, some­times you have to be care­ful what you ask for.”

Jack­sonville’s defence al­lowed the sec­ond-fewest yards and points in the league, with 286.1 and 16.8 per game, re­spec­tively. They also had the sec­ond-most take­aways with 33 – 21 in­ter­cep­tions and 12 fum­ble re­cov­ers.

The good news for Pitts­burgh’s of­fence is they’re ex­pected to get star wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown back tonight (UAE: 22:05) af­ter he’s missed al­most one month to a par­tially torn left calf mus­cle.

Brown, who led the NFL with 1,533 re­ceiv­ing yards in only 14 games, prac­ticed in full on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day be­fore sit­ting out Fri­day with an ill­ness.

“This is one of the best de­fences I’ve ever played against” – Roeth­lis­berger

Big cat: Jaguars’ Jalen Ram­sey.

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