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Offense Does as It Pleases as Jags Top Steelers 29-22 in Pittsburgh


While the weather in Pittsburgh seemed frightful, the Jags offense was well in control Sunday afternoon, as they did what they wanted all day against the tough Steelers defense in coming away from Pittsburgh with a big 29-22 win to improve to 10-4. The Jags had over 400 yards of offense on a snowy day, and while the Steelers were gutsy, rallying late and tying it up at 22 with just over five minutes left, the Jags drove right down the field and scored the game-winner with just under two minutes left.

The Steelers at one point led 7-3 after Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller with a TD pass in the second quarter, but they were never able to produce any real offense from there.  The Jags came back with a TD right before the half, as David Garrard (17-33 for 197 yards and 3 TD passes and one pick) hit Ernest Wilford from 12 yards out with 1:01 left in the half to make it 10-7.  The game changed dramatically in the third quarter, as the Jags pieced together a 20 play drive that resulted in Garrard hitting Reggie Williams with a 3-yard score to make it 16-7.

After the Steelers went three-and-out on their next possession, Garrard only needed one play to hit Dennis Northcutt with a pretty 55-yard pass in the snow that gave the Jags another TD and after another messed up extra point made it 22-7 with 3:47 left in the third quarter.  The Steelers rallied, coming back to score twice as Big Ben hit Hines Ward with a TD to make it 22-14, then he came back with a 30-yard throw and catch to Nate Washington to make it 22-20.  They got the two to tie it with 5:46 left.

The Jags though would not be denied, as they moved swiftly down the field, going 8 plays and 73 yards in 3:44 to get the go-ahead score to make it 29-22.  The key play was a Maurice Jones-Drew 20-yard run on 3rd-and-11 from the Steelers 32 to take it ot the 12. From there two plays later Fred Taylor took it in for the game-winning score from 12 yards out. The Jags will be back at home next Sunday as the push towards the playoffs continue as they take on the Oakland Raiders.

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