JACKSONVILLE (11-6) AT PITTSBURGH (13-3)
When: 12:05 p.m. Central, Sunday TV: CBS
At a glance: This is a rematch of the regular season game in Pittsburgh won easily by the Jaguars, 30-9, in early October. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in that game and then wondered publicly whether he had it any more. He does. It’s been a lengthy break for Roethlisberger and tailback Le’Veon Bell after they rested during the triumph over the Cleveland Browns to close the regular season. But they’re experienced players who should bounce back just fine.
Quick analysis: Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was underwhelming in Sunday’s 10-3 AFC wildcard win over the Buffalo Bills. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and actually was more productive on the ground (10 carries for 88 yards) than he was through the air. But the Jaguars’ playoff hopes will live and die by how their defense plays, and right now, there is no team better at stopping the pass. Including the playoffs, Jacksonville is allowing a league-low 68.5 passer rating with a defensive front that sacks the quarterback on 9.1 percent of pass attempts after adjusting for down, distance and opponent, the second-best mark in the NFL this season. And when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is under pressure, he is much less effective. His passer rating drops from 103.5 to 62.1 under pressure this season, roughly the difference between Drew Brees (103.9 passer rating) and DeShone Kizer (60.5, the worst rating by a passer this season).