It wasn’t easy, as the Steelers offense went dormant in the second half, but Pittsburgh improved to 4-2 with a win at Heinz Field over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
The Jaguars slowly chipped away in the second half, getting the ball with less than a minute to play down only four points. But Blaine Gabbert’s hail-mary with two seconds remaining was well overthrown and the Steelers would eke out the 17-13 win.
While the offense, behind Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, and Rashard Mendenhall, exploded in the first half for quick strikes, the defense held strong against the Jags rookie QB in the second half to hold on. The Steelers defensive line harrassed Gabbert, with both LaMarr Woodley and Brett Keisel turning in multi-sack performances. On offense, Ben threw for only 19 second half yards as the Steelers let the Jags make it too close for comfort. But the 17 first-half points would be all they needed.
Late in the game, Steelers defensive leader Troy Polamalu was sidelined with an apparent head injury. Polamalu was held out of the Jags last few offensive series. We will have more on the injury when we hear more after the game.
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