Steelers get road win in Jacksonville after improbable comeback


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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with teammate wide receiver Antonio Brown during a game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland.

Matthew Szymanowski, Deputy Sports Editor

After two disappointing losses to them last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers returned the favor against the Jaguars in one of the greatest games this season in the NFL.

The Steelers offense struggled in the first half. They punted four times while Roethlisberger threw two interceptions and scored zero points.

Their defense was able to keep them in the game as they kept Jacksonville out of the end zone. The Jaguars did score nine points on three field goals.

In the second half, Jacksonville scored less than six minutes in to give the Jaguars a 16-0 lead.

On the following drive, the Steelers offense started clicking. Big Ben found Antonio Brown for a 78-yard touchdown pass to cut Jacksonville’s lead to 16-6.

In the 4th quarter, the Steelers got the ball on their own 20-yard line with less than six minutes to go in the game. In eight plays, the Steelers drove 80 yards for a touchdown, capped off by an 11-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald to make it a 16-13 game.

The defense stuffed the Jaguars on their next drive and the Steelers got the ball back with 1:50 left in the game.

Two plays into the drive, Big Ben connected with Juju Smith-Schuster on a huge play to get the Steelers great position.

Three plays later, following a dropped pass by Conner, Ben found Brown again on a 25-yard pass as the clock ticked down.

After spiking the ball, Ben attempted to find Ryan Switzer in the end zone until it was intercepted by Jacksonville. Upon further review, the defender drew a penalty by grabbing Switzer’s face mask and gave the Steelers another chance.

Two plays later with eight seconds left in the game, Big Ben rolled out and dove into the end zone for a touchdown, giving the Steelers their first lead and the victory.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 7-2-1 and are in control of the AFC North. Their next game is Sunday, Nov. 25 in Denver against the Broncos at 4:25 p.m.

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