JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ben Roethlisberger had plenty of help in this win.
The rookie quarterback extended both his and the Pittsburgh's winning streak to 10 games by engineering a last-minute drive last night to set up a 37-yard field goal by Jeff Reed with 18 seconds left that gave the Steelers a 17-16 win over Jacksonville.
The drive covered 56 yards in six plays after Josh Scobee made a 36-yard field goal with 1:55 left to give the Jaguars the lead.
But Roethlisberger wasn't the only star of the victory. There was Reed, of course. And the win by the Steelers (11-1) was a testament to coach Bill Cowher's clock management. He used all three timeouts before the 2-minute warning as Jacksonville was driving for the go-ahead field goal, preserving plenty of time for his offense.
Then Roethlisberger was 3 of 4 for 39 yards on the winning drive, and the one incompletion was a spike after he calmly let the clock run down to avoid giving the Jaguars too much time. He finished 14 of 17 for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 40 yards.Jacksonville (6-6) had one last shot after a 19-yard completion from Byron Leftwich to Jimmy Smith, which gave Scobee a shot at a 60-yarder. It fell just short and wide right, and the Steelers moved one win from clinching the AFC North. Pittsburgh scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, but was held without a point for the rest of the game until the final drive. In the first three quarters, the Jaguars moved inside the Pittsburgh 15 three times, but came away with only 6 points -- Scobee missed a 32-yard attempt in the second quarter, and made two others.
The Steelers' first TD came after a 77-yard, seven-play drive when Roethlisberger hit Hines Ward for a 37-yard score.
Leftwich, who finished 16 of 27 for 268 yards, countered with a 12-play, 73-yard drive, finding Troy Edwards from 22 yards. Pittsburgh made it 14-7 on Roethlisberger's 26-yard pass to tight end Jay Riemersma before Jacksonville closed within 14-13 on Scobee's two kicks covering 20 and 29 yards.