Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Two-Minute Drill: Jaguars vs. Steelers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Two-Minute Drill: Jaguars vs. Steelers

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GAME BALL

Held in check for most of the season's second half, Jaguars rookie tailback Leonard Fournette rushed 25 times for 109 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 1, 18 and 3 yards. Fournette returned from a second quarter ankle injury to run hard and effectively as the Jaguars held their lead.

X'S AND O'S

The Jaguars looked like a different offense during Sunday's first drive and the credit goes to play caller Nathaniel Hackett. As critical as we were of his decisions last week to play it ultra conservative, he got everybody involved early and opened up the playubook. Tight end Ben Koyack (21 yards), receiver Marqise Lee (13) and tight end James O'Shaughnessy (19) had catches on consecutive plays to set up the first touchdown.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

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Gameuhigh tackles made by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith. He also returned a Yannick Ngakoue forced fumble 50 yards for a touchdown to make it 28u7 in the second quarter.

WELL PLAYED

Two decisions by coach Doug Marrone helped the Jaguars build an early lead. Decision No. 1: On fourthuandugoal from the Steelers' 1 on the opening drive, Marrone - like last week against Buffalo - opted to go for it. And, like last week, the call paid off when Fournette dove over the goal line. Decision No. 2: After officials botched Fournette's 18uyard touchdown run, ruling him out of bounds at the 1uyard line, Marrone challenged the call, which was overturned.

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HUH?

After taking a 28u7 lead, the Jaguars had to kick off from their 20uyard line because of Telvin Smith's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Kicker Josh Lambo was ordered to do a squib kick. It didn't squib that well. Pittsburgh took over at its 49 and moved down the field to score on Martavis Bryant's 36uyard touchdown catch. Giving a team like the Steelers free field position generally proves costly.

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New England Patriots, 3:05 p.m., Gillette Stadium

The Jaguars are in the AFC championship game for the first time in 18 years; the Patriots are in the game for the seventh consecutive year. …

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