The Jaguars will need their entire offense to step up if they hope to pull off an upset on the road.

There’s still a chance Roethlisberger calls it a career following the team’s postseason run, but he gave Steelers fans some hope that he’ll be around a little while longer.

Jacksonville can’t rely solely on its defense against the Steelers, but the Jags have a lot of issues to address on offense:

In fact, the last two weeks have been the Jaguars lowest offensive outputs the entire season. That’s not really how you want to be rolling into the second round of the playoffs, but here we are. It’s a hard issue to pin down, because it’s not entirely on one specific thing causing the issues.

Jay Cutler, quarterback, Miami. Not that this game in Buffalo was a gimme for the Dolphins, but the way Cutler cavalierly threw it away (no pun intended) was notable. After Miami recovered an onside kick with 39 seconds left, down 24-16, Cutler, at his 37-yard line, saw some pressure on first down in the shotgun and it looked like he just threw it up for grabs down the right sideline. It went right into the hands of rookie corner Tre’Davious White. This is what you got for your $10 million relief quarterback on Sunday, Dolfans: no touchdowns, three picks, a 24-16 loss.

He was in attendance on Monday night for the game, and he was on the field for the national anthem before kickoff. He left at halftime though, when Georgia was up, 13-0.

Monday’s championship gave Alabama its fifth national championship since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, and he tied Bear Bryant’s AP titles record with the victory.

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” was the plaintive wail out of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s mouth, captured by a CBS camera when the Patriots drove their annual stake through this franchise’s heart on Sunday night.

I can just imagine the same kind of emotion, at just about the same time, 450 miles south, in Charlotte. Twenty-eight minutes after the end of Patriots 27, Steelers 24, in a statement that reverberated from the Carolinas to the NFL’s Park Avenue offices, the founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers announced in a blithe statement that he would be selling the team. Probably the best move. blues_1067

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