The Jacksonville Jaguars finally figured out how to win in Pittsburgh. The Steelers only wish they could.
Mark Brunell threw a short touchdown pass in the second quarter and the Jaguars' stifling defense caused two safeties and outscored Pittsburgh's offense in a 17-3 victory today.
Pittsburgh's bench at one point threw a white towel on the field to protest a call, but the Steelers' offense probably should have tossed it as it was outscored, 4-3, by Jacksonville's defense.
The Jaguars (3-1) won at Three Rivers Stadium for the first time in five games since joining the NFL and extended the Steelers' home losing streak to four--their longest since a seven-game slide early in Chuck Noll's reign in 1969-70.
"Even last spring we talked about it. We had to come to our arch rivals, in a place we've never won before, and win a game here before we could really be AFC Central champs," Jaguars Coach Tom Coughlin said. "Hopefully, this will give us some momentum."
Coughlin also hopes it stops the talk about a feud with Brunell, who had a poor day statistically, going 10 of 25 for 85 yards. Coughlin reportedly screamed at Brunell for a last-minute interception in Jacksonville's 20-19 home loss to Tennessee last week.
Brunell again threw an interception into double coverage late in the first half, leading to Kris Brown's 48-yard field goal on the last play of the half for the Steelers' only points.
"That wasn't very smart, but we turned around and played great defense in the second half," Coughlin said. "I'm not frustrated at all--okay? We won the game and we're going to enjoy it."
Brunell said: "All I know is it feels great to finally win here."