Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles one of only three QBs in National Football League history to run for more yards (88) than he passed (87) for in playoff victory, joining Michael Vick (2005) and Otto Graham (1950).
They will also prove to be a much-tougher test for the Falcons than their recent opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, in the NFC wild-card game.
Bortles finished the regular season having completed a career-high 60.2 percent of his passes and having thrown a career-low 13 INTs.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Steelers TE Vance McDonald emerged as a bigger threat in the passing game during the second half of the season.
Just days away from a rematch with Jacksonville, the Steelers will look to overcome the 30-9 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Jaguars on October 8.
The challenge for the Jaguars, who allowed only 24 sacks in the regular season, is ascertaining where the pressure is coming from.
"Whatever it takes to keep those guys off balance", said Bell, who broke the franchise postseason single-game rushing record with 170 yards in last year's divisional round against? He had 57 yards on 21 carries (2.7 per attempt) against Buffalo.
The 90-yard touchdown came on the first play after the two-minute warning. "This is the freshest I've ever been going into the playoffs, so we'll see how it goes". Bouye and Ramsey are arguably two of the top cornerbacks in the league and the matchup between the two receivers and corners will likely have a big influence on the final outcome. He has thrown 22 touchdowns to seven interceptions since the Jacksonville loss. He's called for intentional grounding, loses 10 yards and the down. Quarterback Tom Brady finished the regular-season as the third-most valuable quarterback per ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating and was instrumental in the team scoring a league-leading 2.6 points per drive, almost a point per drive more than the league average (1.8), and the 12th best scoring efficiency since 2002, the year the league expanded to 32 teams. Linebacker Myles Jack and Jackson had sacks against Buffalo.
Roethlisberger has turned it around since then, helping lead the Steelers to a 10-1 record the rest of the regular season. When considering the details that go into coordinating, one would have to think offensive coordinator Nate Hackett is well aware of this potential weakness and has game planned to take some shots at Spence. More than that, he actually rushed for more yards than he passed for, 87.
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING: Jacksonville's wide receiving corps consists of three rookies (Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and Montay Crockett), a first-year pro (Mickens), and two fourth-year vets (Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns).
Mickens went undrafted in 2016. LB Telvin Smith led team with 11 tackles. The Steelers listed none on the "play status" portion of their injury report, and each of them, separately, expressed they would play.