Will this be Ben's revenge?
Three months ago, in a stunning 30-9 loss at home to Jacksonville,
Roethlisberger rebounded in a big way, however, and got his team all the way to the No. 2 seed in the
"Ben is the most talented guy I've ever been around," receiver
The Steelers went 9-1 down the stretch, with Roethlisberger throwing multiple touchdown passes in seven consecutive games. The revenge angle is undeniable, even if Roethlisberger isn't talking about it.
"I'm sure just as any competitor would, when you go and have a bad outing or a difficult, tough outing against a team, you want that revenge," Jacksonville quarterback
It could be the best on the best when Steelers receiver
At the corners for the Jaguars are the exceptional
"Great opportunity to see what I can do," Ramsey said of Brown. "He's an elite player, you know highly regarded by everybody honestly around the nation, maybe internationally. So yes, it's going to be a challenge. We're going to have to be on our Ps and Qs and try to execute the game plan the best we can."
That's if Brown is able to play.
Brown, who has been nursing a calf injury for four weeks, was sent home Friday because of an illness. Brown hasn't played since he left a Dec. 17 game against the
"I didn't want him to get any of the guys who weren't sick, sick," coach
"We do need to get him well from an illness standpoint."
1-8 — Jacksonville's record when the temperature is 32 degrees or below.
3 — Quarterbacks in NFL history who had more rushing than passing yards in a playoff victory. Jacksonville's Bortles is one, with 88 rushing and 87 passing last weekend. The other quarterbacks on the list are
5 — Times the Jaguars intercepted Roethlisberger in the teams' last meeting.
12 — Sacks by Pittsburgh's
61 — Postseason games for the Steelers, tied for the most with the
181 — Yards rushing by Jacksonville rookie Leonard Fournette in the Jaguars' win at Pittsburgh in October.
By the numbers
How the teams compare statistically. All stats are per-game averages, except for sacks and turnover differential, which are for the season (league rank in parentheses):
Jacksonville: 26.1 (5) Pittsburgh: 25.9 (8)
Jacksonville: 16.8 (2) Pittsburgh: 19.2 (7)
Jacksonville: 224.6 (17) Pittsburgh: 273.8 (3)
Jacksonville: 141.4 (1) Pittsburgh: 104.2 (20)
Jacksonville: 169.9 (1) Pittsburgh: 201.1 (5)
Jacksonville: 116.2 (21) Pittsburgh: 105.8 (10)
Jacksonville: 55 (2) Pittsburgh: 56 (1)
Jacksonville: 58.5 (18) Pittsburgh: 56.0 (13)
Jacksonville: +10 (T5) Pittsburgh: +2 (14)
It's dicey to pick against Pittsburgh at home in these marquee games, but the Jaguars are in position to pull off an upset. If Brown isn't at full speed, the Steelers offense is compromised. The Steelers will do everything they can to force Bortles to beat them, but he has improved.
STEELERS 23, JAGUARS 21