The undefeated Steelers came into Jacksonville looking to remain undefeated.
They did that and then some. It started off roughly, losing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Steelers ended up winning by 27-3. It became clear, as they started to get into a rhythm that they were by far the better team in Week 11. They were able to get the run game going some, they generated a lot of turnovers, and they managed to get into the endzone a few times.
It ended up being a very good win, especially on the defensive side. I don’t care that they were against a rookie 6th round backup quarterback. James Robinson was held in check, and they tackled so well in the secondary that run-after-catch yardage was next to nothing most of the game.
After a first quarter that saw the Steelers held out of the endzone, Chase Claypool comes up big again.
It was funny in the celebration that JuJu got to blow out a birthday candle. It was a pretend candle, and Chase Claypool stuck it into the first touchdown ball of the game for either side. It can’t be overstated how big of a play this was. Jacksonville had been hanging around. They had held a 3-0 lead for a drive before they saw it get tied up. Pittsburgh finally found the endzone in the form of their rookie star Chase Claypool.
In a game that Jacksonville had been calling plays particularly well, the Steelers finally broke paydirt. I give a ton of credit to the Jaguars and how they had been playing. The Jaguars had been playing a hard and physical game on both sides of the ball.
For Pittsburgh to finally take a lead about halfway through the second quarter, it felt like a weight had been lifted off of everyone’s shoulders. Ben has been having some issues with the deep ball, but all season he has been able to find Claypool deep, and this play was no different. Momentum had finally shifted towards the Steelers and it looked like it could only go up from there.