Sunday afternoon was one to forget for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars traveled up to Heinz Field for an AFC match, claiming victory.
The day was forgetful for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The quarterback didn’t throw a single touchdown, but did throw five interceptions.
Roethlisberger completed 33/55 passes for 315 yards.
On the ground, the Steelers run-game was invisible. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 47 yards on 15 carries, while rookie James Conner rushed for a meager nine yards on three carries.
“We just had a bad game, we didn’t play well,” said Bell. “We are going to go watch the film, as a team, as collective groups. We’re going to figure out what the mistakes were and get back to the drawing board and get ready for next week.”
Antonio Brown caught 10 passes from Roethlisberger for 157 yards.
Brown’s longest reception was his first of the game, on a 49-yard gain.
Chris Boswell earned all nine points for the Steelers, converting 3/3 field goal attempts. Boswell’s attempts were from 29, 34 and 20 yards out.
The Jaguars had a much different statistic sheet.
Quarterback Blake Bortles threw one interception and completed 8/14 passes for 95 yards.
The Jaguars were much better on the ground, with rookie running back Leonard Fournette gaining 181 yards on 28 carries. Fournette scored two touchdowns against the Steelers defense.
“We want to be a consistent football team,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “We want to be a winning football team. A lot of that is going to depend on what we’re doing during the week. A lot of that is going to depend upon our performance when we get out there on Sunday.”
On defense, the Steelers had two sacks recorded by Vince Williams and T.J. Watt.
Williams led the defense with six solo tackles, and two assisted tackles.
Ryan Shazier caught Bortles’ lone interception.
As for the Jaguars’ defense, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith and Barry Church all caught interceptions from Roethlisberger. Tashaun Gipson caught two of the interceptions.
“We know when we play like we are capable of playing, that we will be hard to beat,” Ramsey said. “I think the league has started to be on notice, a little bit anyway. We want to be a team that’s a force to be reckoned with.”
“The Jaguars ran the ball a lot of times,” Steelers’ Bell said. “You see over the course of the game it wearing down the defense. Running the ball shortens the game, opens the offense, makes passing the ball easier, and it gets you in third and manageable downs.”
Coach Tomlin addressed the media following today's game vs. the Jaguars. pic.twitter.com/2SG8mCdE3z
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