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On Sunday, Bortles will look to lead Jacksonville to its first AFC Championship game since the 1999 season when the team goes to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers. The Steelers were still in the mix for home field advantage with the New England Patriots facing off against the New York Jets.

In last week's 10-3 win over Buffalo in the AFC wild-card game at EverBank Field, Fournette was stuffed frequently.

The zoos and fire departments in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville are getting excited for Sunday's AFC divisional game with some friendly wagers.

The Jaguars are 4-1 at Heinz Field since 2004, making them one of just two teams that the Steelers have a losing home record against.

Pittsburgh has been almost unbeatable since they hosted Jacksonville. Bortles threw just one pass in the second half as the Jags dominated thanks to five interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and a season-high 231 yards rushing. But the Jaguars failed to rush for 100 yards in four of their final six regular-season games. Roethlisberger especially will be looking to make up for his performance in the week five debacle. Let Roethlisberger call his own plays.

The words that threatened to define Ben Roethlisberger's season were uttered nearly as an afterthought and with more than a hint of frustrated sarcasm. He has thrown 22 touchdowns to seven interceptions since the Jacksonville loss. He had 101 catches for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns.

I haven't done the necessary legwork, but it's safe to assume that nobody in this life (or the next life) loves anything more than The Good Place's Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto) loves Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was abhorrent. One great defense, one good defense and two frightful offenses squared off and we are all poorer for it. Jaguars quarterback, Blake Bortles, has never been accused of being fleet of foot, but he led all rushers in this game with 88 yards on the ground. Once was last weekend against Buffalo, when he became just the second quarterback in the past 25 years (Michael Vick, 2005) to have more rushing yards (88) than passing yards (87) in a playoff game. Jacksonville, a team who's beat Pittsburgh earlier this season.

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SECONDARY TO NONE: Jacksonville was the only team in the National Football League that had four players who produced at least four interceptions this season. Both teams would travel to New England or both teams would host the Titans. Ryan Shazier played in the Week 5 matchup, but the job is now in the hands of a rotating group of linebackers including Vince Williams, L.J.

Jacksonville's offensive line has been average at best, and every starter has missed games with injuries.

However, as wild as it sounds, all things should be a go for Sunday. "I don't think that game has any bearing on what's going to happen in this game".

Jacksonville's October road win was part of their incredible improvement after going 3-13 last season.

"Running the ball is what we want to do first", Fournette said. Defensively, the Steelers are yielding 19.2 points and 306.9 total yards (201.1 in passing and 105.8 in rushing) per game.

Opponents are loading up against the run because they have little respect for Bortles and a banged-up receiving corps that features two rookies.

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