Steelers stun Jaguars late for sixth straight victory, scoring two late TDs
Ben Roethlisberger overcame a brutal first half throwing the football to help lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a dramatic 20-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday.
Roethlisberger ran in a touchdown with three seconds remaining following a wild series of events in the final moments in a game the Jaguars led almost the entire afternoon. Two defensive penalties against the Jaguars in the final 25 seconds set up the Steelers at the doorstep of the end zone with the clock winding down.
They scored two touchdowns in the final 2:28 of the game after the Jaguars had led 16-0. Roethlisberger made sure after the game to point out how much trash talking the Jaguars players — three in particular — did during the game.
Prior to the game-winning score, James Conner dropped what looked like a sure game-leading touchdown. But Roethlisberger converted on an option keeper to lead the Steelers to their sixth-straight win and a 7-2-1 record.
The Jaguars’ season likely is done, as they fall to 3-7. The team that tormented the Steelers twice last season, beating Pittsburgh in Heinz Field in the 2017 regular season and playoffs, played one of its best games of the season until the final few minutes of the fourth quarter.
Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey, who was the subject of trade rumors prior to the game, intercepted Roethlisberger twice in the game, including once in the end zone with Jacksonville leading 16-0.
The Steelers got on the board with Roethlisberger hitting Antonio Brown on a broken play for a 74-yard TD late in the third quarter, but the two-point pass failed.
For the game, Roethlisberger was 27-of-47 passing for 314 yards with three interceptions and two TDs. He had only 27 yards passing on 4-of-13 passing prior to the two-minute warning in the first half, and both his picks at that point were trying to target Brown. Roethlisberger also threw what should have been a fourth pick, but it was overturned following a roughing-the-passer call against the Jags’ Calais Campbell.
The run game was the one thing working for the Jaguars on a day when Blake Bortles completed one pass longer than 14 yards and threw for only 104 on 10-of-18 passing. Leonard Fournette ran for a score, and Jacksonville ran for 179 yards for the game.
Roethlisberger hit Vance McDonald with 2:28 remaining in the game to give them life, and the Jaguars went three-and-out on four straight possessions following their only TD of the game. That’s when the Steelers took over and drove for the game-winning score, which was set up by a gorgeous 35-yard grab by Juju Smith-Schuster.