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A look at the numbers that fueled Jaguars playoff upset

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With Jaguars having pulled off the rare road sweep of the Steelers and knocking them off to advance to the AFC Championship Game, a closer look at some of the important numbers is warranted.

Some credit on the numbers from ESPN Stats and Info and the Elias Sports bureau and here we go:

– A week after a painful 10-3 win over the Bills in the Wildcard game, the 45-42 win for the Jaguars is the highest scoring non-wildcard game in NFL Playoff history. The most in a single game was the Cardinals 51-45 OT win over the Packers in the NFC Widcard round in 2009. Sunday was the fourth most points scored all time in any playoff game.

– With his two first quarter TDs, Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette became the first rookie in NFL post season history to score two TD’s in the first quarter of any playoff game.

– Fournette also became the youngest player (22 years old) in NFL playoff history to record a 100 yard rushing and 3 TD game. Curtis Martin was 23 years old, when he did it for the New England Patriots in 1996.

– QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for a playoff career high 469 yards and also had five TD passes. It is the first time in post season history that a QB threw five or more TDs and lost the game.

– The Jaguars franchise improved to 5-1 at Heinz Field all time in games against Ben Roethlisberger.

– The 45 points matched the most ever scored against the Steelers in a playoff game. Blake Bortles joins Dan Marino and his ’84 Dolphins, who scored 45 points on the Steelers in the January 1985 AFC Championship Game.

– Leonard Fournette’s two game rushing total against the Steelers was 290 yards, and is the most since 1965, when the immortal Jim Brown ran for 314 yards in two games against Pittsburgh.

– The Jaguars will travel to New England to play the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game for the second time ever. The Pats were 20-6 winners in the January 1997 conference title game. The Pats own the series lead in playoff games 3-1. The lone Jacksonville playoff win came in the Wildcard round in January 1999.

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  1. Brad E

    January 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I’m sorry am I missing something here. I don’t see a 42-45 final score as a rout, especially coming back from a 3-4 touchdown deficit. Yes I agree as a fan that we should have toned it down on the taunts but if the Jags want to talk Shit now they better back their owen by winning in the super bowl. Oh yeah, how many Lombardi trophies do they have????????

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