Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Defensive Back Bouye Looks Forward to Rematch

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Defensive Back Bouye Looks Forward to Rematch

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Byline: Phillip Heilman

During a radio appearance last Tuesday, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gave the hosts one guess on which team he wanted to face first in the AFC playoffs.

The Jaguars.

"Obviously any game that we're going to play - since it's the postseason - is going to be a difficult opponent," Roethlisberger said. "But I think, just for me personally, I'd love to just prove that five interceptions wasn't me in that game."

Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye was aware of that comment and responded Monday.

"Be careful what you wish for," Bouye said, one day after the Jaguars beat Buffalo 10-3 to set up a rematch Sunday in Pittsburgh. "This is what he wanted, so this is what he is going to get."

The Jaguars got the best of Roethlisberger during a 30-9 victory in Week 5, forcing him into a career-high five interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

Roethlisberger finished the game 33-of-55 passing for 312 yards and was sacked twice. Afterward, he flatly said: "Maybe I don't have it anymore."

Turns out the 14-year veteran does still have it. Pittsburgh responded by winning eight consecutive games and 10 of 11 to end the regular season.

The Steelers opened as 7-point favorites over the Jaguars.

"We remember (the Week 5 game)," Bouye said. "We know they are going to be motivated. We are, too. Everybody thinks we're not going to do it again. We know what we're capable of. We're looking forward to it."

RELISHING VICTORY

Jaguars nose tackle Abry Jones wasn't much different than a normal sports fan Sunday night, hours after he totaled three tackles, including one for a loss.

Jones said he sat on his couch until about 1 a.m. watching highlights from the NFL's wild-card weekend on ESPN.

"There's not many times you hear the words 'playoffs' and 'Jaguars' so I lived that up for the whole night," Jones said. …

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