It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to avoid being beaten by a winless team for a second straight week with their 17-9 win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
The key play in the game was made by Steelers cornerback Brice McCain, who intercepted a pass from Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles and returned it for a touchdown with 11:32 left in the fourth quarter.
McCain’s big interception came just two plays after Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned the football over via fumble while being sacked by Jaguars defensive tackle Abry Jones on third down deep in Jaguars territory.
Following the McCain interception, the Steelers defense forced the Jaguars to go three and out on their next two offensive possessions and the Steelers offense closed out the game with a final drive that took the remaining 4:05 left in the game off of the clock for the win.
Roethlisberger finished the game 26-of-36 for 273 yards with a touchdown to reserve tight end Michael Palmer.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown also extended his record streak of having at least five catches and 50 yards in a game to 21 when he hauled in a 16 yard swing pass from Roethlisberger with two minutes left in the game.
The win moves the Steelers to 3-2 on the season and they will now go on the road again next week to play the Cleveland Browns.