On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL divisional playoff game.
Many people–including Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell–were already sizing up a mouthwatering Steelers vs. Patriots matchup in New England for a shot to go to the Super Bowl, but instead the Steelers will be watching the championship game from home.
I love round 2’s…we’ll have two round 2’s in back to back weeks…
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) January 14, 2018
After only winning three games last season, the Jaguars are headed to the AFC championship for the first time since 1999 after defeating the Steelers 45-42.
The Steelers defense was dominated throughout the game–and at one point they were down 21-0.
Steelers defense trying to contain Blake Bortles and the Jaguars pic.twitter.com/22LKuauELj
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 14, 2018
Jaguars rookie running back, Leonard Fournette went off on the Steelers for three touchdowns and helped quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jags offense put up 40 plus points.
“The guys played with confidence all day long,” said Bortles. “We knew we had to keep scoring and be efficient. I think we put it all together today and the guys played their tails off.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a game himself–going 37-58 for 469 yards and 5 TDs–but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
The Jaguars will now head to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on the defending champions New England Patriots.