Instant Reaction: Steelers Overcome Jaguars 17-9 In Defensive Battle

While the Jaguars didn't make it as easy as Pittsburgh had been hoping for, the Steelers defense led the way as they moved to 3-2 on the season.

Jacksonville's defense entered the game last in the NFL in passing yards allowed, but did an admirable job of locking down on Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense. The game was ultimately decided on a Blake Bortles interception that Steelers CB Brice McClain returned for a touchdown, and Bortles - who threw two picks on the day - showed he still has plenty of room for improvement.

Turning Point: The Jaguars pulled within one after Josh Scobee's field goal late in the third quarter, but the offense just couldn't get going.

Key Stat: No player on the Jaguars offense rushed the ball more than four times. Jacksonville picked up just 56 rushing yards on the day, allowing Pittsburgh's secondary to key in on Jaguars QB Blake Bortles.

Steelers MVP: Cornerback Cortez Allen ended the game with seven tackles, three pass deflections and an interception. His lock-down defense was key as the Steelers prevented Jacksonville from getting back in the game through the air.

Jaguars MVP: LB Paul Posluszny was everywhere for the Jags, racking up 12 tackles (9 solo), a sack, a QB hit, and a pass deflection.

What’s Next? The Steelers, now back over .500, travel to Cleveland to take on the reeling Browns. While there are still plenty of questions about Todd Haley's offense, the Steelers are still very much in the race for the AFC North.

The Jaguars are now off to their second straight 0-5 start, but if the defense can keep rolling, they'll have a real chance to get a win next week against the Tennessee Titans.

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