Both teams are now 3-2.
Fournette rushed 14 times for just 39 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Ramsey was personally responsible for two interceptions: he nabbed one on his own with an outstanding effort, then he tipped one right to Barry Church, who subsequently returned his pick for a touchdown. The unit was bending a bit in the first half allowing the Steelers to gain chunk yards, but they held in the red zone and forced Big Ben and company to field goal attempts. "We knew they had the option to run or pass, and that is what makes them a unsafe offense". If they do it right, they can win.
While Roethlisberger threw for over 300 yards for the first time this season, the 35-year-old's subpar season continued. Had quarterback Jameis Winston's final pass to OJ Howard been on target they would have stolen the win from the Patriots. Not only is Roethlisberger failing to complete the deep pass, he again is singularly focused on getting the ball to Antonio Brown - no matter how many cornerbacks and safeties are covering the All-Pro receiver.
Reuters/Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) reacts during the third quarter against the New England Patriots in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium, Jan 22, 2017. During that meeting, sources said, Brown expressed his displeasure with how Roethlisberger and others handled the matter, and there was some lingering resentment through the week. Maybe those oversights are due to Gilbert's habit of missing stretches of games. "You just find a way to move on and play better".
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette can do it all! Three plays later, Rivers found running back Melvin Gordon in the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown.
"I think it's foolish not to take this team seriously", Gipson said. "He was pounding the ball, and when he got his opportunity to show how fast he is, it was very impressive to go (90 yards)". He also is the only National Football League player with at least five sacks in each of past nine seasons.
In a division that has seemed to be up for grabs since Peyton Manning left for Denver, Jacksonville has been the offseason favorite to turn it around as of late. Their offense has sputtered at times this year, and it has resulted in close games, and even a loss to the rebuilding Chicago Bears.
"I'm not going to let you guys pull me into that conversation", coach Doug Marrone said with a smile during his postgame press conference. We have to define our identity soon, because we're coming to our midway point of the season. Not a good game, but his team won despite him. They crushed Baltimore in London, then crashed back to earth by falling to the New York Jets in overtime.
"I'm not playing well enough", Roethlisberger said twice after compiling a passer rating of 37.8, which matched his rating in a win at Buffalo last season. "Over the course of the game they were able to play in the manner in which they like to play, grind the clock and maintain possession of the ball". Also, more than one-third of the 49ers knelt for the Anthem the past two weeks; it was clear well before Pence attended the game it would be no different.
He repeatedly told reporters that he needed to play better, saying "the improvement needs to come from me before next week". "It's as simple as that".