By Daniel Benjamin
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to extend their season when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC divisional playoff game at Heinz Field. Kickoff is slated for 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 14.
Pittsburgh (13-3) was off last week thanks to one of its best regular season campaigns this century. The Steelers, who are in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, have won 10 of 11.
Jaguars Record (11-6)
Jacksonville is coming off a hard-fought 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. This is the Jaguars’ seventh playoff appearance in franchise history and their first since the 2007 campaign. The Jags are 6-6 all-time in the postseason, including 2-2 in the divisional round. With the win over Buffalo, Jacksonville snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 in the last seven.
This is the second ever playoff meeting between the two clubs; the first meeting occurred the last time Jacksonville was in the playoffs (Jan. 5, 2008). The Jaguars won that Wild Card matchup 31-29 game at Heinz Field.
Jacksonville leads the all-time series 13-11. The Jaguars snapped a three-game losing streak in the series this season with a 30-9 victory at Heinz Field in Week 5. The Jags have won four of the last five games in Pittsburgh although the teams have split the 12 games there overall.
Jaguars on Offense
Jacksonville really struggled offensively against Buffalo on Sunday. While the Jaguars were certainly not a juggernaut during the regular season, the offense’s performance against the Bills was less than playoff worthy. The Jags managed just 230 total yards of offense and 10 points against a team that ranked 18th in scoring and 18th in total defense.
Quarterback Blake Bortles, who had the highest completion percentage of his career this year (60.2%), was shaky in his inaugural playoff appearance. Bortles completed just 12-of-23 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown versus the Bills—missing on short and long passes alike—but he did lead the Jags with 88 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Speaking of the Jags’ running game, they amassed 155 yards on 34 carries, which was the second most on Wild Card weekend. However, running back Leonard Fournette accounted for just 57 of those yards on 21 carries. It was the fifth time in the last seven games that Fournette has accumulated less than 4.0 yards per rush.
Marquise Lee led the Jags with 56 receptions. Lee, who also had three touchdowns, was one of five players to reel in 30…