When: January 14th, 1:05 p.m. EST
Where: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The AFC Divisional Round
After defeating the Buffalo Bills to kick off their 2017 postseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars will head to Heinz Field to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 14. The NFL Divisional Playoff contest starts at 1:05 EST and it will be broadcast on CBS.
The last time the Jaguars and Pittsburgh squared off, things didn’t go very well for the latter. Ben Roethlisberger was picked off five times by the Jaguars defense, leading to a 30-9 beat down.
It was a humbling week five defeat for the Steelers, but it did reignite their drive to compete. Pittsburgh went on to win 10 out of their 11 remaining games to close out the season. Their only loss was due to a wrong call by the officials during the final minutes of a heated game against the New England Patriots.
Obstacles For The Jaguars
The Jaguars, on the other hand, weren’t able to close out their season winning 10 of their last 11 games, but their defense has been established as one of the best in the league.
Jacksonville’s offense hasn’t been as consistent all season. Quarterback Blake Bortles had his moments during the Jaguars Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills, but the credit for the victory deservedly went to their defense which managed to limit the Bills’ only points to a single field goal.
The Jaguars offense will need to find a way to score more than 10 points if they want to pull off another upset in Pittsburgh. Starting running back Leonard Fournette was a major factor during Jacksonville’s week 5 route of the Steelers, rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns. What made the numbers Fournette put up against the Pittsburgh even more impressive was the fact the Jaguars were never able to get their passing game going throughout the game, so the Steelers were able to commit their defenders to stopping the run.
What To Expect From The Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steeler’s offense put up some impressive numbers during the 2017 NFL season. They scored on 43 percent of their drives, the fifth highest percentage in the league. Wide receiver Antonio Brown will likely be a big part of the Steeler’s offense on Sunday. He’s been Roethlisberger’s favorite target all season, and he successfully pulled down 101 of the passes thrown his way during the regular season, making it his fifth consecutive year with over 100 catches.
Some critics of the Steelers have rightly pointed out how Roethlisberger’s overdependence on Brown to move the chains led to a couple of interceptions during their week 5 encounter against the Jaguars. Fortunately for the Steelers, wide receivers Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster are playing much better heading into the 2017 NFL Divisional Playoffs.
How To Watch
The game is being broadcast LIVE on CBS. If you’re a cord-cutter there are still ways to watch the game without a cable subscription. Here’s a list of options.
DirecTV NOW offers CBS as a part of all of their packages, including the base “Live A Little” package. This has over 60 channels for a price of $35/month with the option to add movie channels for an additional $5 to $8 per month.
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CBS All Access
CBS All Access offers live streaming of news, special events, and sports. You can even stream the NFL live on CBS. Subscribers with Verizon Wireless as a mobile career can watch NFL games live on their phones.
In addition to live streaming TV, CBS All Access offers on-demand content. This includes original content that is only available on this service. Subscribers can stay current on their favorite CBS shows.
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Hulu With Live TV
Hulu With Live TV includes CBS in their lineup of channels. They offer over 50 channels at $39.99/month. Give them a try, they offer a free trial if you’re curious about the service.
YouTube TV includes CBS in addition to over 50 other channels for $35/month. You also get other major networks ABC, NBC, and FOX, plus more. You also get 5 ESPN channels, 3 FOX Sports Channels, and CBS Sports. It’s great for the sports fan.
Don’t forget about the tried and true antenna. Digital antennas deliver a quality picture and you can combine them with your streaming services and devices to get a wide range of entertainment. Since a lot of live sporting events are broadcast on network TV, it might be worth it to invest in a HD antenna.