The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Heinz Field today as heavy favorites over the seemingly hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. While the Jags may have seemed like timid felines, their claws came out in a furious second-half comeback that showcased one truism.
In nature, there is no animal as dangerous as a wounded animal. Apparently, this wisdom holds true in the NFL.
In a game that can be described as a tale of two halves, the Steelers' efficiency and domination to start the game gave way to offensive anemia, ill-timed penalties and a lack of killer instinct in the second half.
After taking a quick 17-0 lead, Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert showed aplomb, rallying his squad to within a last gasp Hail Mary attempt of upsetting the defending AFC Champions.
While the play on the field seemed more black than gold, the Steelers exit play in Week 6 with a valuable victory. As the Jaguars lick their wounds and continue toward inevitable grand-scale changes, the Steelers will continue their title defense with a 4-2 record, whether it was pretty.
Cynics will focus on the negatives and idealists will be naively optimistic, but the truth lies somewhere in the middle. The Steelers secured a necessary win, and they will look to build on a positive home stand on the road in Arizona—where familiar faces await them!
Before heading west for a Super Bowl rematch (per se), let's look back at 10 observations from today's surprisingly stressful victory over Jacksonville.