The Latest: Fournette's 2nd TD gives Jags 14-0 lead


The Latest on the NFL playoffs on divisional weekend (all times EST):

1:35 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are rolling in Pittsburgh.

Leonard Fournette sprinted 18 yards to the end zone for his second touchdown of the first quarter as the Jaguars took a quick 14-0 lead over the Steelers. Fournette’s second score came one play after Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack made an acrobatic interception on a third down pass by Ben Roethlisberger.

The pick was Jacksonville’s sixth against Roethlisberger in just five quarters this season. Jacksonville is looking for its first road playoff win since Jan. 5, 2008, when the Jaguars beat the Steelers in the wild-card round.

— Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh.

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1:15 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are up to their old tricks in Pittsburgh.

Leonard Fournette’s fourth down leap into the end zone from 1 yard gave the Jaguars a 7-0 lead over the Steelers in the first quarter.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles completed 3 of 4 passes for 53 yards on the drive. Bortles had all of 87 yards passing in last week’s wild-card round victory over Buffalo.

Fournette scored on a similar play in a 30-9 victory over the Steelers at Heinz Field in October.

— Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh

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12:05 p.m.

The NFL divisional playoffs wrap up with a doubleheader Sunday starting in Pittsburgh where the AFC North champion Steelers (13-3) host the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars.

The winner earns a trip to New England to face the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots in next week’s AFC title game.

The third-seeded Jaguars (11-6) drilled the Steelers 30-9 back in October. Jacksonville picked off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times in the victory.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown is active after missing the final two games of the regular season with a left calf injury.

In the NFC, second-seeded Minnesota (13-3) welcomes fourth-seeded New Orleans (12-5) for the second time this season. The Vikings dominated the Saints 29-19 in the season opener. The winner will play in Philadelphia against the top-seeded Eagles in next week’s NFC championship game.

The weather could be a factor in Pittsburgh. The temperature is expected to hover in the teens throughout the day. The Jaguars are 1-8 all time in games played when the temperature at kickoff is 25 degrees or colder.

It’s even chillier in Minneapolis, but the Vikings will have the roof closed when they host the Saints.

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