Only one time in NFL history had a team visited Heinz field twice in a season, and came out victorious both times. That team is the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they will look to do it again this weekend.
The Jags went into Pittsburgh January, 5th, 2008 after beating them just three weeks prior 29-22.
The Steelers vowed to play a better game the second time around which they did, but it still wasn’t enough.
The Steelers started hot out of the gate scoring first driving the field leading to a one-yard rush from RB Najeh Davenport. The Jags would answer very quickly however when Maurice Jones-Drew took the kick all the way to the goal line where Fred Taylor would punch it in to tie the game.
In the 2nd Quarter, the Jags seemed to take control with a pair of big plays. DB Rashean Mathis had a 63-yard pick 6, and Maurice Jones-Drew would strike again on a 43-yard passing play from David Garrard.
Up 21-7 it seemed to be the Jags game to lose.
The Steelers would add a field goal to start the third quarter but yet again MJD struck this time on a 10 yard rush for a touchdown making it a 28-10 game.
The Steelers showed why its so difficult to win on the road at Heinz Field though, as they would go on a scoring run of their own. Santonio Holmes would strike on a slant from Ben Roethlisberger and take it all the way to the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown.
Then, Big Ben hit Heath Miller for a 14-yard touchdown just four minutes after the Holmes score. With 6 minutes left to play Davenport would get in on another 1 yard run to give the Steelers the lead for the first time, since the opening drive.
The Steelers would not convert the two-point conversion keeping it a 29-28 Game.
With one drive left and no timeouts, it came down to a fourth and two when Garrard (photo above) called his own number and picked up a first and more.
His season-saving scamper set up Josh Scobee to hit the game-winning 25-yard field goal to send the Jags onto the Divisional round the next week and would fall against the unbeaten Patriots.
You can relive the highlight reel here:
Only one team has won in Heinz Field twice in one season. pic.twitter.com/os2fPEpjFn
— #Sacksonville (@Jaguars) January 12, 2018
Can the Jags replicate history for the second time? Everyone knows they have the defense to do it.
The question is can they get enough of the gritty plays like 10 years ago in the postseason to achieve what they did this year in their 30-9 October win.
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