The frustrating season for the Jaguars continued on Sunday in Pittsburgh, as a game effort was not enough, as the team rallied from a 17-0 deficit in the first half only to lose 17-13.
The Jaguars are now 1-5, and have dropped five straight to match the franchise’s longest losing streak in a decade. They got a strong effort from running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who rushed for 96 yards and kept the team in the game.
Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert, led the team on their longest drive of the season trailing 17-3 in the third quarter, as he and the team went on a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a TD pass to Jason Hill that cut the Steelers lead from 17-3 to 17-10.
The Jags had a last gasp down 17-13, but Gabbert was sacked on first down by Brett Keisel with 1:01 left from their own 23, and by the time they were able to get one last Hail Mary off, it was knocked away by William Gay of the Steelers to preserve the win.
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall ran for 146 yards and a touchdown, also putting up a career-high 68-yard run that set up a Steelers field goal that made it 17-0.
The Steelers looked like they were going to run away with it in the first half, leading by 17 and outplaying the Jags in every way. They outgained the Jags 315 to 68 in the first 30 minutes, and Ben Roethlisberger was 11-for-18 for 181 yards with a score in the first half.
Gabbert’s day had a lot of bad, but some good, as the QB ended 12 of 26 for 109 yards and a touchdown, and was sacked five times.
The defense allowed the Steelers to get the big lead, but kudos to them for pressuring Roethlisberger in the second half, and also stopping Mendenhall and the Steelers run game.
The Jaguars schedule doesn’t get easier, as next Monday night they host the Baltimore Ravens at home.