Rapid Reaction: Steelers 26, Jaguars 21
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers gained a marquee road win right before the bye week in Sunday's 26-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The win broke a four-game losing streak for the Steelers (4-1) against the Jaguars (2-3).
This contest was just as hard fought as last year's two games. Neither team led by more than a touchdown at any point and the Steelers got the final lead change with less than two minutes to go.
The key play was a late third-down pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to receiver Hines Ward for 18 yards that put Pittsburgh into Jacksonville's red zone. Roethlisberger also connected with Ward also on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 1:53 remaining to cap an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive.
Pittsburgh enters its bye week with an opportunity to get healthy. Key starters such as running back Willie Parker (knee) and defensive linemen Brett Keisel (calf) and Casey Hampton (groin) did not play Sunday and have a chance to return in two weeks when the Steelers take the field against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Considering Pittsburgh's tough strength of schedule, the team should feel good about its standing at 4-1 heading into the break.