PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Josh Scobee kicked a last-minute field goal to give the Jacksonville Jaguars a dramatic 31-29 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their AFC Wild Card playoff game on Saturday.
The Jaguars looked to have blown an 18 point lead, gained with the help of two touchdowns from the outstanding Maurice Jones-Drew, when Pittsburgh fought back with two fourth quarter touchdowns to gain the upper hand.
With the clock running down, Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard took the initiative in the fourth down when he ran for 32 yards to set up the field goal chance which Scobee coolly converted from 25 yards to win the game.
“It is a great feeling to come and win here, whether by two points or thirty points, it doesn’t make any difference,” said Jaguars running-back Fred Taylor.
“We are very hungry, we have the hearts of champions and we have the ability to fight to the very end and pull it out -- it wasn’t pretty.”
Pittsburgh struck first, Najeh Davenport going over at the end of a 10-play drive but the Jaguars responded immediately. Jones-Drew returned the kickoff, ran 96 yards and left Taylor with just a yard to make the touchdown and bring the team’s level.
Jacksonville responded with two second-quarter touchdowns. Rashean Mathis ran in a 63 yard interception return and then the impressive Jones-Drew produced a 43 yard run on a Garrard pass.
In the third quarter, after a Jeff Reed field goal for the Steelers, Jones-Drew ran in his second score, from 10 yards to keep the visitors in command.
Touchdowns from Santiago Holmes, Heath Miller and Davenport brought Pittsburgh back in the final quarter but the latter two were not converted when attempts to go for two points failed.
Those absent points counted in the end when Garrard’s burst forward ensured that, after four more plays, Scobee was in a position to kick for victory and set up a playoff meeting with either New England or Indianapolis.
Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami, editing by Martin Petty
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