Titans vs Jaguars Game Day Newsletter 4Sept19Titans_Digital - Page 35

Jaguars 9, Steelers 0 Date: September 18, 2006 Site: Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville Records entering game: Jaguars 1-0, Steelers 1-0 Senior writer John Oehser’s “oral history” of 25 memorable games in Jaguars history continues with this look at a 9-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 – a game that featured one of the most memorable atmospheres in franchise history How It Happened The Jaguars turned in one of the dominant defensive performances in franchise history – and did so on a national stage in one of the most electric atmospheres ever at Alltel Stadium with a 9-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jaguars improved to 2-0 on the season and 4-0 against the Steelers in September, snapping the defending Super Bowl champions’ nine-game winning streak in the lowest-scoring game in Monday Night Football history. The shutout was the Jaguars’ fi rst since shutting out Houston in 2003, as they forced two turnovers and held the Steelers to 153 total yards and nine fi rst downs. The Jaguars moved effectively on offense with 362 total yards – including 110 rushing – but stagnated throughout the game in the red zone and managed just three fi eld goals by Josh Scobee. All of the fi eld goals came in the second half, and the Steelers had a chance until Scobee’s 42-yard fi eld goal with just under fi ve minutes remaining. Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis’ second interception of the game off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came shortly after the two-minute warning. Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich then kneeled three times to drain the clock and secure the victory. “I wouldn’t say there were too many defenses better – that time or any time. It was a special defense, all across the board – back end, front, linebackers. We weren’t weak in any areas, and if there was a slight weakness, we had guys to make up for it. It was very special. – CB Rashean Mathis