The Jacksonville Jaguars scored three points on their opening drive against the Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday.
They did not score again.
The Pittsburgh defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way after allowing the early three points, harassing rookie backup quarterback Jake Luton throughout on the way to an easy 27-3 victory and a 10-0 start to the 2020 season.
They sacked Luton twice, extending their franchise-record sack streak, and intercepted him four times, with safeties Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick each picking off a pair.
The Steelers offense did just enough, with Diontae Johnson helping move the chains with 12 catches for 111 yards and Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron contributing touchdowns of 31 and 20 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger finished with 267 yards on 32 of 46 passing for the two scores, but also cost his team three points with a late first-half interception.
The Steelers tied the game with a 44-yard Chris Boswell field goal in the second quarter before Claypool’s score put them up for good. Claypool’s score was his 10th, the best 10-game pace for a rookie receiver in the Super Bowl Era.
Benny Snell added a late second quarter touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. Boswell added three more in the fourth after a scoreless and listless third period and Roethlisberger’s strike to Ebron capped the victory.
James Conner finished with 89 yards on 13 carries as the team largely attempted to establish the run more than they had in the previous few wins.
Bud Dupree and Stephon Tuitt had the sacks for the Steelers defense. Tuitt also forced a fumble. Vince Williams led the way with four tackles.
The 10-0 Steelers will move forward on a short week of work. They’ll host the third-place Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on Thanksgiving night at 8:20 p.m.
Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns
PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.
In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.
Not the way we wanted the season to end but I am thankful to have been a part of this amazing ride! The Highsmith Family is proud to wear the Black & Gold and we look forward to more success in the future! Please pray for Alex as he gets an MRI tomorrow on his ankle! #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/JJA4PpZpvx
— Sam Highsmith (@SHighsmithClan) January 11, 2021
Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.
The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered an ACL injury that required surgery.
On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.
With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.
Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Regret Punt, Will Talk to Ben Roethlisberger About Future
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin answers questions from the media following his team’s shocking defeat at the hands of the Browns in the playoffs. Tomlin explained why he decided to punt on a 4th and 1 in the 4th quarter while trailing by multiple scores. He also touched on the timeline for when he will talk to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about his future with the team.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Says He Doesn’t Regret ‘Browns Is the Browns’ Comment
PITTSBURGH — It was repeated so often in the five days between when JuJu Smith-Schuster said the phrase on Wednesday to Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field, that it nearly became the No. 1 talking point coming into the game.
“The Browns is the Browns.” Before the game, after the game and probably during the game, many of the Browns made it clear that they had taken exception to Smith-Schuster’s characterization of the team.
The Browns IS THE BROWNS!! 🌚
— Jedrick Wills Jr.®️++💕 (@JWills73) January 11, 2021
Smith-Schuster said after the game that he had no regrets about what he said.
“You know, I don’t regret what I said,” Smith-Schuster said. “I said, ‘The Browns is the Browns.’ They came out and they played a hell of a game. You know, there’s been games where we feel we lose them and today wasn’t our night and hopefully the same Browns will show up next week against the same opponent and go out and do the same thing they did tonight and have a hell of a game.”