LIVE

Final: Jaguars 45, Steelers 42

Who: Steelers (13-3) vs. Jaguars (11-6). What: AFC Divisional Playoff. When: 1:05 p.m. Where: Heinz Field. TV: KDKA

MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Looking ahead to kickoff …

• WhoSteelers (13-3) vs. Jaguars (11-6)
What: AFC Divisional Playoff
• When: 1:05 p.m.
• WhereHeinz Field
• TVKDKACBS
• Radio102.5 WDVEESPN Pittsburgh
• Satellite: SiriusXM Channel 83 (Internet 814)
• Forecast: 18, sunny, wind 2 ENE cloudy
• Lots open: 9 a.m.
• Will call open: 11 a.m.
• Gates open: 11 a.m.
• BoxscoreNFL Game Center
 Media notes: Steelers | Jaguars
• Odds: MyBookie.AG

FOLLOW THE GAME WITH DK, STAFF

4:16: From Lolley: Jacksonville’s 45 points matches Miami in 1984 for the most points scored against the Steelers in a postseason game in their history. Only difference was Miami was at home and had some guy named Dan Marino at quarterback.

4:15: FIELD GOAL. 45-yarder for Josh Lambo. Ball game.

4:14: Fourth-and-1 for the Jaguars at the Pittsburgh 27. I’d kick.

4:09: Onside kick fails. Ball hits Tyler Matakevich. Awful all-around. But no problem here with the decision, at least upon immediate reflection. Not like the defense was going to get a stop. I could be convinced otherwise.

4:08: From Lolley: Really smart play by Roethlisberger lateraling the ball to Bell on a scramble. He knew he was past the line of scrimmage. Steelers can still kick the ball deep. They have two timeouts remaining and the two-minute warning to stop the clock.

4:07: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Roethlisberger runs to about the 8-yard line for 1 yard, then flips it backwards to Bell who takes it the rest of the way. That caps a 12-play 75-yard drive in 2:11. There’s 2:18 left and the Jaguars lead, 42-35.

3:59: Another JuJu drop. Rough game for the rookie. He’s got two catches for 1 yard, and he’s got two drops to match.

3:57: Being helped off. Zero weight on the right leg.

3:56: Rogers hurt on the far sideline. Doesn’t look good. Right knee, as best as we can tell through Dale’s binoculars.

3:55: From Carter: The Steelers’ defense looked like it was banking on winning with a 4-man rush in this fourth quarter and it backfired hard. Bortles did a solid job of reading the blitzes earlier in the game and throwing the ball behind the blitz.

3:53: From Lolley: Say goodnight, Dick, to this season. The Steelers have allowed 42 points to the Jaguars at home. This is a massive defensive failure. Two of the scores can be attributed to offensive turnovers. But 28 points? And you can’t come up with a stop when needed? Ryan Shazier meant a lot to this defense. He was the one player at the end of training camp that I felt they could least do without. But this has been a complete and utter meltdown against what is essentially a one-dimensional team.

3:52: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Bortles completes a 14-yard pass to fullback Tommy Bohanon off a play action that fooled the entire defense. That completes an 8-play, 75-yard drive in just 4:46. Jaguars 42-28.

3:50: From Lolley: The Jaguars are now 8-13 on third downs in this game. The defense has been atrocious. Few big plays. No splash plays.

3:48: No pass rush. Bortles takes five seconds to find his guy, huge play. This defense …

3:45: Renegade.

3:44: From Lolley: Roethlisberger now has 333 passing yards and four touchdowns in this game against a team that allowed 169 per game in the regular season.

3:43: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Roethlisberger completes a 39-yard pass on the run to Brown. That completes a five-play, 75-yard drive in just 1:29. That leaves 9:05 on the clock.

3:37: From Carter: If there’s a mercy from that drive, it’s that the Jaguars scored extremely fast and there is still 10:34 left in the game. Roethlisberger needs to conduct a touchdown drive here of course, but a longer scoring drive might have completely ended the game.

3:36: From Lolley: Where was the safety help on the deep pass to Keenan Cole? Cole basically had the middle of the field to himself one-on-one with Burns. I have to believe that was a blown assignment.

3:35: It’s difficult to describe on how many levels this performance is an embarrassment. But I guess that’s what the column will be there for.

3:33: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Fournette plunges in for a 1-yard run to complete a five-play, 61-yard drive that took only 2:10 off the clock.

3:32: Secondary lined up miles off Lee on that first down.

3:30: From Sunday at field level: Getting frigid now. Wind picking up and sun is gone.

3:28: From Lolley: Roethlisberger had Rogers underneath on a crossing route for the first down, chose to go to Smith-Schuster deeper down the field. Incomplete. Turnover on downs.

3:27: Terrible time for a rare drop by JuJu Smith-Schuster.

3:24: From Lolley: Steelers are using a three-safety package with Golden on the field in place of Artie Burns on early downs to slow the running game. Bortles has completed 2 of 6 passes in this half, both screens.

3:23: BLOCKED PUNT. Robert Golden gets a piece of it, and the Steelers have the ball at the Jacksonville 48. It’s a 15-yard punt.

3:18: From Carter: Tuitt read the second down screen pass to Fournette perfectly and limited it to no gain. But Fort gives up a 12 yard gain on another screen pass, this time to Yeldon.

3:15: Ryan Shazier shown on the big board. Place going wild. He’s urging everyone in here to rise up. It’s suddenly really, really loud.

3:12: From Lolley: Or not. Jags stand up at their own 40 and pressure from Dante Fowler forces a bad throw from Roethlisberger on third down.

3:10: From Lolley: The Steelers have the Jaguars defense on its heels with this attacking style. Possibly going in for a game-tying score.

3:08: From Carter: The Steelers’ defense made the adjustment on their last drive. They needed to force more third and long situations, they got two on the last drive and forced a punt.

3:06: From Carter: That pass defensed by Fort was a perfect example of his speed. He was an island between Bortles as a runner and Lewis as a receiver, but took away both to force a punt. Steelers ball at their own 19.

3:04: From Lolley: Bortles has not completed a pass since the 5:42 mark of the second quarter. Is now 0-5 since then. And his last completion was a 4-yard pass to Lee.

3:03: This defense …

3:02: From Lolley: That’s just the second time this season the Jaguars have allowed three or more TD passes in a game this season. The other came in a 30-24 win over Seattle.

3:01: From Sunday at field level: Cam just yelled at these guys in inspiration more than I’ve ever seen. He wants to shut this down.

2:58: From Lolley: Perfect throw from Roethlisberger to Bell for a 19-yard TD over Smith. Steelers are right back in this. We’ll see if Fournette can get going in the second half. He jogged out at halftime and looks like he’ll come back in.

2:57: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Bell beats Telvin Smith on a wheel route to catch a 19-yard pass from Roethlisberger. Ten plays for 77 yards on the drive. Jaguars, 21-28.

2:48: Gilbert declared out for the game.

2:45: From Sunday at field level: Halftime snaps …

Steelers vs. Jaguars, Heinz Field, Jan. 14, 2018. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

2:39: From Lolley: There has been no talk of Fournette returning, which would be huge in the second half for the Steelers.

2:38: From Carter: The Steelers are down two scores and the Jaguars have 14 points off two turnovers. This was the exact recipe Marrone knew they needed to win the game, but the Steelers can flip the script with a touchdown drive to open the second half. Still don’t know how the Jaguars’ safeties gave up that bomb to Bryant, but if you’re the Steelers you’ll take anything at this point.

2:36: From Lolley: It seems simple, but the difference in the game is two turnovers. The first, an interception, set up an 18-yard scoring drive. The second was returned for a score. The Steelers need to score coming out with the ball to start the second half to make this a game.

2:34: From Lolley: The crowd didn’t like it, but the Steelers did the right thing running the clock down before running that final play. If they had failed, it would have left the Jaguars with little time to score from where they would have taken over.

2:32: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Bryant catches a 36-yard bomb on fourth down to score and make the game 28-14. That completes a 7-play, 51-yard scoring drive with 25 seconds left in the half.

2:27: From Lolley: JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant have combined for two receptions for one yard thus far.

2:25: From Lolley: With that scoop and score, the Jags have now outscored the Steelers 51-7 in the past four quarters with seven forced turnovers and three defensive touchdowns.

2:20: From Carter: The Steelers go from having a chance to make this game close to being down 21. Looked like Roethlisberger needed to get rid of it but kept holding onto the ball hoping for someone to break open.

2:18: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Ngakoue sacks Roethlisberger and forces a fumble which Smith returns 48-yards for a touchdown. Jaguars 28-7.

2:18: From Lolley: Well, so much for that. Roethlisberger sacked and fumbles. Telvin Smith scoops it up and returns it for a score. Smith gets an unsportsmanlike penalty for taunting. But that makes it 28-7. Yannick Ngakoue forced the fumble. Controlling him was one of my keys to this game.

2:17: From Carter: Roethlisberger’s 17-yard pass to Bell gets the Steelers to their own 42. A great play action call that has Foster pull to seal the edge and give Roethlisberger time.

2:14: Fitz Toussaint being evaluated for concussion off that crazy-hard hit on the last Jacksonville kickoff. Return questionable.

2:13: From Carter: The Jaguars have been in complete control so far, but another Steelers’ touchdown would make for a one-possession game. The Steelers also get the ball to start the second half.

2:12: Fournette’s announced as having an ankle injury, return questionable.

2:11: From Lolley: Haden makes a great play on a deep ball from midfield. With Fournette out and Yeldon in, the Steelers have to be a little less respectful of play-action than they have been.

2:10: From Carter: The Jaguars convert again on third down, this time with Bortles threading the needle to Marquise Lee around three Steelers.

2:09: Fournette’s leaving the field, going to the tunnel.

2:08: Fournette’s off to the Jacksonville sideline. Looks like he’s in significant pain, too. Left leg.

2:07: L.J. Fort in there for Vince.

2:06: From Lolley: Roethlisberger got away with a bad pass that was nearly intercepted by Paul Posluszny. But it wasn’t and he throws a perfect strike to Brown against A.J. Bouye for a TD. Defense will now need to stand up without Williams at inside linebacker.

2:05: From Carter: While that was a great throw and catch from Roethlisberger to Brown, it sure looked like Roethlisberger overlooked McDonald walking all alone in the end zone.

2:04: Vince is being evaluated for a concussion, return questionable.

2:03: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Brown catches a 23-yard pass for the score to make it 21-7. That completes a six-play, 64 yard drive.

2:01: Ben’s gotten knocked down with authority on the past two snaps.

2:00: From Carter: The shovel pass to Rogers gains 10 yards and represents the team’s first third down conversion of the game. Maybe try more misdirection plays to soften up the Jaguars.

1:59: From Lolley: Bell had three carries for 20 or more yards in the regular season. He has two today. But the Steelers trail, 21-0.

1:56: From Carter: If there was ever a time you needed your superstar quarterback to step up, it’s right now. Roethlisberger is 4/7 for 32 yards with an interception while Bortles is 4/9 for 65 yards. The Steelers moved the ball well on the last drive, but they need to finish.

1:55: From Lolley: So much for stopping the run. The Jaguars now have 15 carries for 105 yards, a healthy 7.0 average. And a 21-0 lead despite Bortles being just 4-9 for 65 yards at this point.

1:54: The booing for the home team is rather intense after that PAT.

1:53: Vince trots off on his own.

1:52: Vince Williams down.

1:51: Steelers defense gives up a long drive after the fourth-down stop. Fournette’s ability to survive contact is killing them. He’s now up to 11 carries for 80 yards.

1:50: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Yeldon scores on a 5-yard run to complete an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

1:48: Gilbert is being evaluated for a concussion. Return questionable.

1:47: From Lolley: Heyward standing on the sideline as the second quarter starts.

1:46: From Carter: The Steelers are 0-3 on third downs and missed on their only fourth down attempt while the Jaguars are 1-3 on third downs and scored on their fourth down attempt. The Steelers have taken a serious punch to the mouth, let’s see how they react.

1:45: From Lolley: Fournette finishes the first quarter with 8 carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Bortles is 4-8 for 65 yards.

1:44: From Lolley: Steelers try to run a pitch on fourth and short. This Jaguars defense is too fast for that. Jalen Ramsey blows it up in the backfield. Marcus Gilbert helped up and going under the tent.

1:43: From: Carter: TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Bell is stopped for a 4 yard loss on a pitch to the right side. Looked like the same call that didn’t work on third down.-1:42: Good Lord. What a play call.

1:41: From Lolley: Jags only had 10 guys on the field as the Steelers lined up on fourth-and-short. Called timeout.

1:40: Need to go for it.

1:39: From Lolley: I will say this, New England started slowly Saturday, as well. Trailed 7-0 after a quarter and had done nothing offensively. Scored 21 in the second quarter.

1:38: Hey, look who woke up!

1:34: From Carter: At this rate, the Steelers cannot afford to come out in heavy packages and look to pound the ball. Come out with a set that spreads the Jaguars’ defense but keeps Bell as a rushing option and attack the soft parts of their scheme.

1:33: From Lolley: In the past three quarters, Jacksonville has now picked off Roethlisberger six times and outscored the Steelers, 37-0.

1:32: From Lolley: The defense hasn’t fared much better. Gives up a 66-yard TD drive on the opening possession and an 18-yard TD run after the Roethlisberger interception.

1:31: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Fournette runs for 18 yards around the Steelers’ left edge.

1:30: That absolutely should be a touchdown.

1:29: From Lolley: This is about the worst possible start the Steelers could have had. They have run six offensive plays. Have no first downs and a turnover.

1:28: From Lolley: INTERCEPTION. Roethlisberger picked by Myles Jack on pass intended for Vance McDonald. Roethlisberger threw into coverage on that one. Jags have the ball at the Pittsburgh 18.

1:24: From Carter: Burns’ pass defense forces a punt from the Jaguars that is downed at the Steelers’ 11. Burns trailed Allen Hurns on a deep in route to make a solid play, but there were other options for Bortles.

1:22: From Lolley: Good call on the forward pass. Bortles flipped the ball forward toward Fournette. A dangerous play, though.

1:18: From Carter: The Jaguars force a three-and-out for the Steelers after their opening score is the exact script you would want if you’re Doug Marrone. Now the Jaguars’ offense can come out and play confident after softening the Steelers up with play action and potentially run the ball.

1:16: From Lolley: Steelers go three-and-out on their first possession. Roethlisberger empties the backfield on all three plays. Chris Hubbard was in the slot on second down.

1:12: From Lolley: The Jaguars used play-action on every pass they threw on that drive. That led to some easy completions for Bortles. The Jags leaked the tight ends out on two of those occasions for gains of 21 and 19 yards.

1:11: From Carter: TOUCHDOWN. Fournette leaps over the Steelers’ line for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth and goal. That completes an 8-play 66-yard drive that took 4:20 of the clock.

1:09: The defense has completely sucked the life out of this place, almost instantly.

1:08: From Carter: Steelers come out using Mitchell as the one-high safety and have Davis patrolling along the line of scrimmage. Back to back play action passes by Bortles get them a total of 34 yards to the Steelers’ 27.

1:05 p.m.: Kickoff, 18 degrees, sunny, seriously noisy.

PREGAME

1:03: From Lolley: As I expected if the Steelers won the toss, they’ll put Jacksonville’s offense on the field first. Try to set the tone.

1:02: Steelers win the toss, defer.

12:59: John Oates singing the anthem. Military jets flying over. Playoffs.

12:57: From Lolley: Todd Haley is on the sideline today despite his “shattered” pelvis.

12:45: From Sunday at field level: Snap shots from so-called warmups …

Warmup photos. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

12:29: From Lolley: I was wondering if Blake Bortles would go with a glove on his throwing hand today. He is not wearing one in warmups, though he does have one on his left hand.

12:25 p.m.: Our full Facebook Live video.

11:55: From Lolley: It was wickedly cold here this morning, 6 degrees when I walked over to do the pre-game radio at Stage AE. But the sun is out now, making it seem much warmer, perhaps 20. Will that affect a warm-weather team such as the Jaguars? We’ll see. Jacksonville is built to play in this kind of weather. But being built for it and executing that can be two different things. Jacksonville’s coldest game this season was 38 degrees in Cleveland. This is far colder than that.

11:38: From Carter: The biggest inactive on the list is the Jaguars second halfback on the depth chart, Ivory. Ivory recorded 382 rushing yards on 112 attempts and 175 receiving yards on 21 receptions during the regular season. That bumps T.J. Yeldon up the depth chart, whose last big game was his 122-yard rushing performance against the Colts in October.

Artie Burns in the house. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

11:37: From Lolley: The Steelers seem pretty confident Brown will both start and finish this game. Hunter being inactive leaves them with five receivers active.

11:33: From Carter: The Jaguars inactives: DT Eli Anjou, RB Chris Ivory, WR Montay Crockett, OT William Poehls, G Josh Walker, G Chris Reed, LB Deon King.

11:32 a.m.: From Carter: The Steelers’ inactives: QB Josh Dobbs, WR Justin Hunter, CB Coty Sensabaugh, S J.J. Wilcox, OT Jerald Hawkins, G Matt Feiler, DT Dan McCullers.

THE SETUP

Dale Lolley, Christopher Carter, Matt Sunday and I are here for the official Pittsburgh opening of the NFL playoffs. We’ll pump out content this morning, afternoon, tonight and beyond, beginning on this live file with the announcement of inactives at 11:35 a.m.

Also before and after the game:

• We’ll do a Facebook Live video at noon, from out on the top of the western rotunda! Join us online or, better yet, stop up and participate!

• Dale has long been part of the Steelers Radio Network’s official pregame show, and you’ll be able to hear the hour with him and our friend Tim Benz beginning at 10 a.m. on 102.5 WDVEESPN Pittsburgh and the online Steelers Nation Radio.

Dale will also be part of the panel on WPXI-TV’s ‘Subway Final Word‘ tonight at 11:35 p.m.

• If it’s pregame material you seek, I can’t recommend strongly enough Lolley’s Kickoff, which includes all our staff picks.

THE INJURY REPORT

Steelers: WR Antonio Brown (illness, questionable)

Jaguars: LB Blair Brown (ankle, questionable) , WR Jaydon Mickens (hamstring, questionable)

2,397 Comments

Join the discussion

2397 comments on "Final: Jaguars 45, Steelers 42"

Notify of:
Sort by:   Newest | Oldest | Most voted
Washpahero
Washpahero

Statistics. Does Tomlin/staff ignore statistics and just “go with their gut”?

1. Steelers NEVER won playoff game when Ben throws over 300 yds. Yeah. You don’t think our coaches don’t use statistics. Needed to run more and control game.

2. Onside??? If you have no faith in the defense wouldn’t that mean you’d rather kick deep. Odds of getting onside, when the opposing team is expecting it, ARE LESS THAN 1%! So now your “faithless” defense has one set downs to stop them before field goal range. Makes no sense.

3. Stats on qb sneaks with Ben are 18 of 19. Yet they took out playbook. A high % play.
4. Against NE, why go for pass on spike play instead kick for OT?
Stop going with gut!

DwightHandsOfStone
DwightHandsOfStone

Of course they go with their gut…they don’t live in their fears.

Gburg
Gburg

I guess I shouldn’t be a “spoiled fan” and complain about this loss because we went 13-3 & won our division, but what a a joke. The Steelers were a paper tiger all year, barely squeaking by bad team after bad team in spite of their talent on offense. The Steelers have been a sieve all year vs the run. But hey, Cam Heyward had 99 sacks and made “all pro” so all is well. Bottom line is that our front 3 and LBs ( minute Shazier) F_CKING SUCK. They got blown off the ball all game by Jax and didn’t have any sacks. This is disheartening because we can’t overhaul this unit. We’re stuck with them. Sure we can get rid of DKs buddy Dupree, but he’s only a small part of the problem.

Gburg
Gburg

Tuitt, Heyward, and Hargreaves were owned this game and completely exposed. Our coaching staff is a dumpster 🔥. I love Dick Lebeau as a man but his ability as adjusting (or lack there of )was on full displays vs. the Pats. Butler is his understudy and it continues to show. Tomlin is a good leader of men but a horrible strategist. You would think the Rooney’s would recognize this and reallocate the strategic responsibilities to someone with a better skill set.

Gburg
Gburg

What a disheartening loss. It would be nice if the coaching staff to take some responsibility for this loss and explain their thinking in the crucial situations, but that is too much to ask. I guess we should just be content to have the past repeat itself next year and just be happy to be in the mix.

BKonDKsports
BKonDKsports

Saints DB doing his best Mike Mitchell impersonation.

kragbax
kragbax

The team has superior players, vastly in every skill position, yet we lose to a QB that team for more yards than he passed for last week against an even weaker opponent.
Bottom line is we got out coached. We were unprepared. They had a better game plan and were coached better in implementing it. Any adjustments that may have been made were countered, better, but the weaker team.
I hate Brady, but he is the best QB ever. Sorry, he is. But his teams haven’t been nearly as good as Steeler teams. The difference is the coaching, preparing, play calling.
If you can’t properly prepare, coach, adjust, playcall and win against weaker opponents with the group we have it’s time to make changes

coopchex
coopchex

YOu are absolutely correct……and There was another coach that failed at adjusting in game…Bylsma!

He left and the Pens (with all that talent) immediately won 2 Cups….after the Johnston debacle of course.

Gburg
Gburg

All the idiot Yinzers will hate on your comment but you’re dead on …..

Washpahero
Washpahero

In 2014 the Steelers brass took the qb sneak out of the playbook. BIG Ben had the HIGHEST success rate of qb sneaks being 18 for 19.
Today, we score at half and after, then block a punt near 50 yd. line to start game tying drive. All momentum was going our way. Then comes those dreaded 3rd or 4th and 1’s. Since Haley or Ben refuse to sneak or, use bulldozer Nix that Bell loves to run behind, we give ball back along with the momentum.
NE, last year in playoffs, same sitch. 3rd and 1, driving with momentum and some goofy call makes 4th and 1. no sneak. We lose.

Washpahero
Washpahero

Sorry ran out space. But we will never win super bowl again if we cannot keep drives alive utilizing qb sneak. Trying fancy plays or pulling your linemen with 1 yd to go isn’t a winning strategy. Ask Belichick. Just do what got you there……and sneak…lol. If you do sneak and most likely get it, then you can get fancy with another set of downs.
BTW, anyone see lil Drew Brees sneak it against vaunted MN linemen bit ago? He does it all time too……what gives?

scd5045
scd5045

Where was nix today?

Sean
Sean

When was the last time Mike Mitchell made a play? IMO he’s always late or never where he should be….thoughts?

BKonDKsports
BKonDKsports

Woefully out of position to make an interception due to the fact he was setting up to get in his normal position of chasing the back of the WRs jersey as it runs away from him.

Gburg
Gburg

Dump him and target replacement in round 1-2 or free agency. He is garbage.

Washpahero
Washpahero

I agree. Last time he had splash play, I can’t remember. He’s good bulletin board material for other team, that’s about it. He can tackle ok…..worth 8 mil though? Naaaah. Save 5 mil by cutting him….they wanted Weddle but he wanted sit home during playoffs I guess.

dwn33
dwn33

He is never near the ball. Can’t tell from the TV broadcast what he is doing, but he is late to the action constantly.

saneman
saneman

As great as Ben was, his and Haley;s offense couldnt score a point off of a blocked punt today and JAX scores the other way after our D just got beat badly on a big play. Saints? They block a punt and go up ahead with a TD score after a blocked punt in the the same 4th Q that Steelers blew a chance to tie on. Steelers never could tie the game .

Steelers are good at making a lot of good plays. Just awful at situational football. That is a fact no matter how much local press will defend these morons.

Let's Make PBurgh Sports Great Again
Let's Make PBurgh Sports Great Again

When they are down 21 or 14 points they make great plays. When they are down 7 points and can tie the game they don’t do anything. If they could have gotten to even, who knows. Maybe they could have played defense with some enthusiasm. It would have been nice to see a linebacker within 5 yards of Bortles

dwn33
dwn33

I agree. The D didn’t make many stops but the one before the blocked punt was big. Offense has to capitalize in that critical situation, which takes a combination of focus, skill, and good planning. They only display one of those consistently.

Hilmows
Hilmows

Looked familiar, bottles beat em like Brady.

Check it down, no turnovers, use everyone, run the ball…

Seems the way to beat this D is known, better adjust before it’s too la… shucks

Playcalls were terrible on offense when it mattered most, staff let this talented group down

Go Pens

BKonDKsports
BKonDKsports

Not sure how much more ownership needs to see out of Tomlin to realize a change is needed. Questionable play calling and formations by both his coordinators, a history of clock mismanagement, and a history of losing to “inferior” opponents every year — including Chicago this year that would have prevented this game from being played today.

amishmafia
amishmafia

Unacceptable. Score 42 and lose the game?
You deserve to lose.

DwightHandsOfStone
DwightHandsOfStone

Here are my 3 bad things…

1. Scoop and score
2. Passing on FG opportunities. Changes your game to chasing points, instead of accumulating points.
3. INT – essentially a pick 6 with them scoring on the next play.

Could overcome everything else imho.

schwab
schwab

The fact that you didn’t include the defense at all shows that you either didn’t watch the game or don’t understand it.

DwightHandsOfStone
DwightHandsOfStone

Still could have overcome everything else. These were the back breakers. Of course the D played bad. But still could have overcome other deficiencies.

And I was in Section 113 Row CC – where were you?

schwab
schwab

Watching the defense repeatedly give up TD drives to a mediocre QB and absolutely kill any chance of getting back in the game by giving up a TD every time the offense tried to bail them out.

DwightHandsOfStone
DwightHandsOfStone

Still could have overcome that if you take away my 3 bad things.

Again – not saying the D doesn’t deserve blame. But we’re talking 3 point-in-time events that occurred during the game. Not some general trend.

egcovert
egcovert

the defense was atrocious

DiegoPittFan
DiegoPittFan

I completely understand why James Harrison couldn’t get on the field this year.

AzPittsburghGuy
AzPittsburghGuy

Seriously you all believe Harrison changes this game? He made 1 play last night and all of the sudden he can set the edge. The guys on the field, same guys that won 13 this year, stunk today. They needed to play better and failed. Blame who you want. I blame the guys who I sure as hell hope are blaming themselves. The guys on the field who didn’t perform to their capabilities.

Let's Make PBurgh Sports Great Again
Let's Make PBurgh Sports Great Again

The Defensive line and linebackers had ZERO sacks and pressures against Bortles. Let’s just say Harrison would have been worse than anyone else they put on the field

jonlesh
jonlesh

That’s not easy enough for too many fans. Tomlin is always to blame

edzo6687
edzo6687

I wonder if we could have used James Harrison today?

PittsburghSlim
PittsburghSlim

This is all Marc-Andre Fleury’s fault.

DiegoPittFan
DiegoPittFan

Watching highlights, Dejan’s boy Bud Dupree is terrible. Another bust. When is Colbert held accountable for drafting two bust OLB.

jonlesh
jonlesh

The Steelers missed on some linebacker picks, but look at his record, look at this team. Almost entirely homegrown. Defense has to improve but he drafted that offense and found Big Al.

Send him packing! Maybe ken Whisenhunt or Russ Grimm could save the day!

DoubleD
DoubleD

Dud Dupree fits

aglebagel
aglebagel

How do you want him to be held accountable?

Train027
Train027

Okay, I have to ask, is ARII similiar to Bob Nutting? Why try to win a championship when the TV money roles in regardless of your success.
DK and the rest of the reporters, I respectively ask you to hold the Steeler ownership accountable. Ask what value did Tomlin and his staff bring to a team constructed for a championship push?

jonlesh
jonlesh

My goodness your dim. Look at tomlins record. He will never be without a coaching job if he wants to work. Sorry the color of his skin bothers you

DiegoPittFan
DiegoPittFan

Rail against Tomlin all you want. The organziation responsible for the Rooney Rule is not going to fire Mike Tomlin. He’s just medicore enough to hang on. He’s not going anywhere. Might as well be Pirates fans. No hope.

saneman
saneman

Tomlin did a fine job during SB43 run just like Bylsma helped relieve therrien for the pens cup in 2009. But after that, they have been found wanting in critical situations. Even worse is the way Tomlin sticks too long with coordinators. arians had to go and luckily Rooney intervened or Ben would be retired with dementia by now. Haley was good early oin, but he has to go too. And Butler is quite simply our worst DC since Haslett

tfan
tfan

“The organization responsible for the Rooney Rule…” what are you trying to say here? BTW are you suggesting they should have hired either Whisenhunt or Russ Grimm? One was fired, the other has never been hired as a head coach since he interviewed with the Steelers.

methos686
methos686

One more time. Rooney rule doesn’t ensure employment with a team.

AzPittsburghGuy
AzPittsburghGuy

Stop rationalizing with an idiot

El Chapo
El Chapo

Tomlin got out coached for the hundredth time — that’s what happened. These guys can say what ever – that’s what happened

DJ
DJ

Ben 18 of 19 for career in converting QB sneaks.

Guess those odds weren’t good enough.

JimWright
JimWright

No joke — and he does it so infrequently that what is (usually) the most obvious of plays would truly be a sneak…..

RollerDoc
RollerDoc

You forgot to mention how many years it’s been since Ben tried.

coopchex
coopchex

I saw that too! Unbelievable….Blame Haley…But the HEAD COACH needs to step in and say Sneak the F’n Ball!!!!

saneman
saneman

As bad as the Saints look, even their D has gottn a turnover when the team needed one. 17-7 MN leads and Saints have the ball on that turnover. Our D couldnt even get a sack, let alone a turnover.

methos686
methos686

And defense did not give up TDS following each Brees turnover

DiegoPittFan
DiegoPittFan

Bortles won’t beat the Steelers. Says so here.

The Site Police
The Site Police

Don’t forget “what’s special about Fournette?”. I’d say 25-109-3td is pretty solid for any RB, especially 1 with a bum ankle.

PurpleMoose
PurpleMoose

Of all the things that went wrong and the pitiful play of the D what i will rember most about this game are 4th and 1 and the onside kick, all incredibly stupid decisions

Honorable mention is how these guys stayed in bounds with critical little time left to get an extra yard. The inability to do little things right by these coaches and players is amazingly bad

The Site Police
The Site Police

They would have still had 13 seconds to try an onsides kick & hail Mary at the end had they not watched those 13 seconds click off waiting for the 2 minute warning.

saneman
saneman

So DEcastro plays great most of the time, But i have noticed he usually figures in some of the most critival breakdowns. Its like he saves the worst tims for his blunders. On the strip sack for a TD, Decastro and AV just get beat by their opposing players. That is 16M of a cap space that failed to rise up to the occasion. While our 21M of Heyward and Tuitt couldnt beat the JAX OL for similar plays.

Jakester
Jakester

Ben held the ball way too long there looking to make a play

Mean Gene
Mean Gene

People complain about Todd Haley, and understandably so. His calls on two 4th down calls were criminal. But Keith Butler’s defense was worse. If your opponent an historically bad QB, doesn’t that make your job easier?? Shut down the run, win the game. But Steelers couldn’t stop the run (despite all the money/picks they used on the front) or the pass. They were shredded by JACKSONVILLE. Why should Butler be back???

coopchex
coopchex

I agree….they had the film from Buffalo but refused to “change their standard” style of defense. That is Stubbornness….that is also on the HC to make sure the right game plan is installed.

This coaching staff is Arrogant…and the players follow suit. This is what got Bylsma run out of town. He refused to change his style in order to take advantage of the opponents weakness.

Ed H.
Ed H.

Their lack of depth at middle linebacker really came back to haunt them here.

Beak
Beak

The TE McDonald, the player Hayley has falling in love with, was who’s man made both tackles on 4&1. He can’t block.

GlassBob
GlassBob

That play was doomed when they pitched it back 6 yards to get 1 yard

Mark Little
Mark Little

To everyone defending the offense/Ben…he doesn’t throw for 400 yards unless the Steelers are down 28-7 with a few minutes left in the first half, and by multiple touchdowns in the second half. Haley’s playcalls on the first 2 (critical) drives were trash. No idea what he was thinking. By the time he figured out how to attack the Jags D, we were down 21 points. Give Haley a consolation trophy like all the little leaguers that finish in last place.

schwab
schwab

42 points

krepr
krepr

That’s more than defense gave up. It was a full team suck.

coopchex
coopchex

I’ve said this before and i’ll say it again.

TOMLIN = BYLSMA

2 coaches with regular season success and won a Championship Early in their Tenure.
2 Coaches who have since failed miserably in the playoffs.
2 Coaches who refuse to change or alter the game plan when things go awry.
2 Coaches who are awesome people and Nice Guys.
2 Coaches who lost their team and their Egos have gotten in the way.
2 Coaches who couldn’t control their teams when the going got tough

Listen….I love Tomlin the person. Tomlin the coach is also good. But he’s lost his way. His team followed his lead by looking past this game and to the Patriots….THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN!!!

I REPEAT…..NEVER

jrziskey
jrziskey

Another similarity – both were blessed with mutilple generational talents on their teams and failed to capitalize on it.

coopchex
coopchex

Great Point JRZ….I knew i was forgetting something!

tfan
tfan

Sullivan won with Bylsma’s team

WildcatRay
WildcatRay

Sully & Rutherford gave the Pens an in-season makeover. The teams that won the 2 straight Cups were nothing like either of the organization’s two previous head coaches.

Jeremy B.
Jeremy B.

No sullivan won with Johnstons team.

tfan
tfan

hehe 😉

coopchex
coopchex

Touche!

coopchex
coopchex

I’ll correct you….he won twice with Bylsma’s teams. And thanks for proving my point.
I didn’t say Sullivan was the best coach ever….I’m saying he’s the best coach for the team that they have now…and he’s got them to play to their ability.

Somewhere this a Sullivan type coach for THIS team.

But thanks for proving my point.

ryan299
ryan299

Steelers were overrated this season. No where near as good as their record indicated.

DJ
DJ

D had holes and then one very big one by season’s end at ILB.

That said, their record wasn’t inflated due to their O which compensated for the D.

cathari
cathari

Nope. At least 25 teams if not more would trade rosters with us without second thought.

karlgus
karlgus

They were again a by product of a week division.

jonlesh
jonlesh

Kind of like the patriots and jaguars?

bigchinook
bigchinook

Mitchell and Gay need to disappear from this team, where in the hell was Hilton?. Watt needs to get stronger and better. Dupree needs to be a depth player. Obviously we need an upgrade over Spence as well. D is really bad right now. Tomlin, Haley, Butler, OMG, what a complete shithole this game was…

jonlesh
jonlesh

Hilton is the nickel back. He was rarely on the field tonight since th jags don’t even give the look of passing. Few snaps with 3 receivers.

DiegoPittFan
DiegoPittFan

Dupree – Another 1st round back up?

DJ
DJ

Spence won’t be on the roster after this year.

No need to worry.

Luke Man52
Luke Man52

Brady will rip apart the Jags defense and the Pats defense won’t look as woeful as the Steeler’s did today. Pats 28 Jags 13. Once again, the Pats are going to the Super Bowl and that sucks!

huke20
huke20

The Patriots never make the simpleton mistakes the Steelers did today. 4th and 6 inches ? Make it every time with the quick snap sneak. Woulda kicked that kick off deep and every one of their players would’ve been looking for the sidelines on that last drive. They don’t make those idiotic mistakes and it matters.

saneman
saneman

PAts dont have the same talent at WR to make those great TD catches like AB and MArtavis did. They do have Gronk. Dont think Brady will outscore the Steeelrs. Ben has been a better passer than Brady on big throws. Where Ben fails is his stubborness and the coach’s lack of credibility with Ben wereh Ben just doesnt listen to good advice on 4th down and inch plays. Brady however plays smarter. He will slice and dice that D for smaller plays but what you will see is NE’s maligned D make stupid Butler and his dumber players look so bad by comparison. JAX will have a tough time making those big passing plays against Patricia;s improved D.

beltedcattle
beltedcattle

Well, Butler has to go. High draft picks all over the defense and they get blown up two years in a row when it counts. I agreed with Tomlin’s decision to onside kick. It was a higher percentage play than running that defense back out there. When an onside kick has a greater chance to get the ball back than the defense, the DC has to go.

huke20
huke20

You are 100 percent completely wrong.

saneman
saneman

Yeah, the D couldnt prevent 3 predictable runs from nearly getting a first down(9 yards)> those extra 9 yards plus the 5 yard stupid penalty not to mention Boswell’s terrible kick going only 5 yards instead of 10 even in the event of a failed onside kick lost the game. A normal onside kick even if it fails should be recovered at the 45 or 46 yard line. And the D should be able to contain 3 predictable runs for 5 or 6 yards max.

Edwardsm484
Edwardsm484

Non emotional advice to Mr. Rooney. How many teams can win with 42 points? Answer : almost everyone.
Hold them accountable. Butler, Lake,Porter, Mitchell (his D Line was an embarrassment to your legacy).

Players: Mitchell, Dupree, Hargrave, Gay, all inside linebackers.)
We all look to you to hold everyone accountable. Please don’t let us down.

The remaining decisions are normal off season work.

Go Steelers. I still believe in the core group. Just make the above changes and add the necessary pieces.

boropen
boropen

I know nobody is going to but it would be really funny if one of the reporters asked Tomlin why he thought Harrison was not good enough to even sub in occasionally for this defense

12+88=6
12+88=6

I have been consistent in my criticism of Tomlin. Since the day he was hired and then made no significant coaching changes, I knew this was not going to work. I said it eleven years ago. Unlike Noll and Cowher, who said, “This will be MY team,” meaning “I will put my stamp on this on day one,” Tomlin punted and sent the message that he has zero control and zero clue. He came on board as a Tampa 4-3 coach and had demonstrated success as an assistant in those systems. I fully expected a change in philosophy. It didn’t happen. Lo and behold, as Cowher’s holdovers and leaders retired, we got what I expected. No execution. No accountability. No mindset. That was clear on day one. It’s come that.

jonlesh
jonlesh

Yeah, just another 0-16 season under tomlin

#NotMyGM
#NotMyGM

Tired of “non one saw this coming” – scan down 2,000 comments and someone said the jags would come out passing would get the lead and it would be a long day 8)-

Washpahero
Washpahero

Why we lost…
1. No pass rush whatsoever, which gave bortles time, where was James Harrison now?
2. Even though Ben 18/19 on qb sneaks to keep momentum drives alive, he quit years ago. Will never win super bowl in you can’t fall forward for a yard to keep drive alive in playoffs on those vital 3rd and 4th and 1’s. Ben played great, but the lack of sneaking hurt us last year against NE and again today.

BTW: how bout refs not calling any penalties on WR’s getting mugged or Ben getting bodyslammmed 2 sec after play.

12+88=6
12+88=6

“No pass rush whatsoever”

I had a battle with Chris Carter on this site over this. He was on here trying to convince us that this D gets pressure. Um. No. You have to look deeper at the stats. They do NOT get consistent pressure on QBs, nor do they create turnovers. It’s been the case for about 7-8 years, now.

Washpahero
Washpahero

Did you not read the first couple words? I said we lost due to “no pass rush whatsoever”, where is the confusion?

EDIT:
My fault, thought you were disputing that. after further review, pun intended, I see you were in agreement. Although I will say it was more case of today considering we led league in sacks. Turnovers? Def. been issue on D for few years….

saneman
saneman

I think he was agreeing with you.

Rock
Rock

Yep. They did get better in the secondary by adding 2 guys they didn’t draft though.
Now they need help at LB.

Washpahero
Washpahero

Thought Haden and Burns played ok (Aside from Cole pass) considering bortles was never even touched…..the LB were def. a liability in run and pass. Our D has never been same since losing two pro bowl nose tackles in steed and hampton. Also need an inside and outside LB now, considering shazier sitch.

scd5045
scd5045

Steelers should make a trade for Sean Lee, tomlin screwed that one up by nixing drafting him, he could make us whole on defense.

saneman
saneman

We need to change the whole damn Defense. This zone defense Lebeau-Butler style hasnt done much in playoffs against good teams in recent years. When Troy Polamalu was getting torched in the zone scheme by Tebow and Rogers, you knew it was figured out and not just because of bad players.

DJ
DJ

Yes, Sean Lee and his 12 operations beside Sean Spence and his 12 operations.

That will solve our ILB issues.

helmsy
helmsy

So, so, so many early round draft picks on D. There is more than enough talent on the defense to be stout. Butler needs to go. Joey Porter needs to go with him. They can contend next year, but the team won’t be this talented again for a long time.

GhostOfPedro
GhostOfPedro

The jaguars will learn the hard way next week just how poorly coached the Steelers are.

egcovert
egcovert

that is the truth…

boropen
boropen

DK-“Jags only offensive weapon is fourchette” hahahahahaha Jags biggest weapon was emotion. Jags were pissed they were being overlooked and Mitchell and Tomlin were already talking about Pats and the humble pie must be very nauseating. you could tell from the pregame comments (by hayward, mitchell, butler) the Steelers (like DK) thought all they had to do was stop Fourchette and game over. Arrogance is a killer and the saddest part is they never learn (which is why they lose to terrible teams every yr).

Tbunner66
Tbunner66

If I was in charge of the Steelers:
1) Tomlin stays
2) Butler is gone, Lake is gone – Chuck Pagano is new def coordinator
3) Haley gone – Munchak named new offensive coordinator
4) defense is blown up – Mitchell gone, Gay gone. Actually, half that defense could be gone
5) trade Leveon Bell for 1st round pick (in top 10)

scd5045
scd5045

Stop drinking, Haley shouldn’t be going anywhere.

saneman
saneman

Even if Ben foolishly audibled, who is the coach that should have known Ben has made mental mistakes in such situations? Haley. He did nothing to override that and order Ben to go with the near sure thing.

12+88=6
12+88=6

Everyone gone. How ’bout that?

beltedcattle
beltedcattle

Agree on all points with exception of OC.

Dean
Dean

I know everyone’s blaming the coaching staff and the Defense, many of the reasons are valid; time management, play calls, D can’t stop anyone. With that said, despite throwing for almost 500 yards and 5 TDs, I thought the difference in the game came down to Ben’s really poor decision making. He refuses to throw the ball away when no one is open, sack fumble, TD, his audible on 4 and 1 was atrocious, throwing 20 yards downfield on 4 and inches, incomplete to a very covered Ju Ju – massive change of momentum, Jacksonville immediately goes the other way, TD. All of which were ridiculous for a QB with his experience and came at pivotal times throughout the game.

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

Ju-Ju was blatantly held on that play. If the DB doesn’t grab his jersey he’s catching that ball in stride rather than diving for it. But that’s another story.

anthony.panza
anthony.panza

Ben made critical mistakes, but he at least also made positive plays to give the team some semblance of a chance. The D had no positive redeeming qualities today.

saneman
saneman

Yep, its not like the defense got a sack or turnover to make up for the ppoints given up. Ben made many plays to offset his dumb mistakes.

AzPittsburghGuy
AzPittsburghGuy

Well said.

Bumr50
Bumr50

Cut him.

methos686
methos686

All have blame in this but Ben isnt my greatest concern

Bumr50
Bumr50

Why is Joey Porter even on the staff?

Suwanee88
Suwanee88

It would really be nice to see DK and Dale pound Art2 with a tough interview when he meets with the media.

First Question………..After the kind of defense this franchise displayed in their dynasty years, how in the hell can you tolerate rolling out this crap defense year after year after you get your ass kicked year after year in the biggest games?

2. Can we expect this defense to be re-invented under a new Defensive Coordintor or are you going to pull more of your patient persistence BS?!

chethejet
chethejet

Take away three incredible catches in the end zone by AB and Bell, this is not a close game. Credit them for outstanding plays, but DL and the play of the D in general was so poor. Ben improvisation and making it up as he goes along suggests that it really doesn’t matter what any OC calls. Until the players are held to behavior that is adult and professional, juvenile mistakes and priorities for self adulation will lead to failure. As long as coach vocabulary is fine with not holding players to a standard that a disciplined head coach does, why are these results surprising.

Winning!
Winning!

For all those saying the defense gave up 45, no they didn’t. Ben gave them 7 with his fumble and gave the Jags the ball on the 18 with an INT. He is the highest paid player on the team. He always escapes blame, on the headlines on this site, though.

jrziskey
jrziskey

So that means the defense gave up 31 points to a team that scored 10 points against Buffalo – that makes me feel much better about the d. 🙄

methos686
methos686

Escapes blame? Not sure you read articles, watch tv or listen to the radio

Winning!
Winning!

I said he escapes blame on the headline on this site. Maybe you should learn to read.

Bumr50
Bumr50

He’s coming back, so you’ll have another year of hating on a HOF QB to occupy you.

Paddy
Paddy

Baloney, he played his ass off. His line couldn’t get a yard when they needed it. The defense was awful and couldn’t get a stop when they needed one.

timpj5
timpj5

#FireButler tonight

'BurghFan in NC
'BurghFan in NC

My wife said it best when she said “who says the steelers don’t have cheerleaders on the sidelines when they have Tomlin?” Yep, she really said it and she was a cheerleader herself back in the day 🙂

schwab
schwab

I absolutely cannot wait until Ben retires and the idiots that blame him for every loss see what this team looks like with a mediocre quarterback. He completed 64% of his passes for 469yds with 5td and 1 int. The int was at about the 20 and the D let them march right in for a TD. And ya he prob held the ball too long on the fumble and it took a bad bounce for the guy to be able to run it in. But he repeatedly tried to bail out the D throwing long touchdowns, but every time the offense put up a TD the D gave it right back. Just wait till Landry is the starter. You ain’t gonna see 42 points again.

Cbeany79
Cbeany79

We won’t see 5 wins let alone 42 points.

WVStarship
WVStarship

42’s not enough with this team. #retireBen

mdw233
mdw233

Every article the past week made sure to tell us all how – no way, there was no way this Jaguars team could beat this Steeler defense. Then they come out and BLOW OUT every part of the defense. Run, pass, all of it.

It’s almost like the staff has no idea what is happening. Like the rest of us. But they are no better at guessing what is going to happen than some standard Johnny on the street. DKPittsburghSports might as well be YouAndMePittsburghSports. Just some guys writing whatever seems fine at the moment. Sources and accountability be damned.

AzPittsburghGuy
AzPittsburghGuy

Now it’s not just the coaches fault it is also DKs team to blame before the players on the field. My god Get a grip

saneman
saneman

DKOnPIttsburghSports should take criticism with its football coverage. Whenever we point out flaws we can discern from just watching TV, they fail to give us insight into what these coaches learn from their past mistakes and ridicule the readers who were right about guys like Dupree(just to give an obvious example). We do not expect these guys to be football experts. But their football coverage here is nowhere as good as their hockey coverage. Dejan had one artcile about the pats debacle last year and then proceeded to cchurn out columns that forgot all about that article’s main points. We who have expressed skepticism about the mental aspect of this team are led to be treated like idiots.

mdw233
mdw233

I am criticizing the coverage of the team. Not the team. Grip is fine hoss.

methos686
methos686

Not sure it was placing blame on site more the almost dismissive nature of teams that does come up sometimes with articles

methos686
methos686

Could replace the whole staff with people that “know” something about the game is what it sounds like you are suggesting

Jdwebb43
Jdwebb43

Well…..at least we’re not the only team getting smacked. Minnesota all over New Orleans

Bravesirobin
Bravesirobin

Yeah, all the home teams winning…oh wait, maybe not all.

PurpleMoose
PurpleMoose

Must make changes on D. Mike Mitchell one of the leaders is a fake tough guy and cannot play very well …gotta go. Need 3 new LBs as well

saneman
saneman

AS bad as mitchell was, he wasnt the wrst player today shockingly. That’;s how bad some of our LBs were

FloridaSteeler
FloridaSteeler

Watt is very overrated

lpltm
lpltm

He is awful

methos686
methos686

Or he looked like every other defensive player today

aglebagel
aglebagel

Watt’s a rookie. He’ll get better.

NE_JOE
NE_JOE

Based on what?

wpDiscuz