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Sportsnaut Logo By Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut | Slide 2 of 9: Blake Bortles

Can Blake Bortles get that signature win?

Bortles may have led his Jacksonville Jaguars to their first home playoff win since 1999 on Sunday, but he’s going to have to fix a whole heck of a lot to defeat Pittsburgh in the divisional round. Bortles was his normal erratic self in the wild card round against Buffalo, continually missing open receivers on what we can objectively call easy passes. It led to him completing 12-of-23 passes for just 87 yards. That might work against a less-talented Bills team at home. It’s not going to work going up against the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh.

On the other side of the ball, Pittsburgh’s defense was among the best in the game against the pass during the regular season. It yielded the fifth-fewest passing yards to go with 20 touchdowns compared to 16 picks.

Back in Week 5, Bortles completed 8-of-14 passes for less than 100 yards in a 30-9 Jacksonville win over the Steelers. He can’t rely on Ben Roethlisberger throwing five interceptions in this one. Instead, the much-maligned signal-caller needs to step up in a big way for the Jaguars to upset Pittsburgh and advance to the AFC Championship Game.

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