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Hanging with the Patriots and the Ravens _ who have more combined wins (9) than the four teams Pittsburgh has beaten (6) _ will require more than a solid half, and the Steelers know it.

“We have to keep the same intensity the whole game,” Wallace said.

On both sides of the ball.

Though Pittsburgh’s defense limited the Jaguars to 209 yards, Jacksonville made enough plays in the second half to hang around. The Jaguars scored their only touchdown on a 17-play, 80-yard drive that took nearly 10 minutes off the clock.

The drive included an automatic first down after Pittsburgh’s Ryan Mundy roughed Jacksonville punter Nick Harris and a fourth-down conversion.

“They continued running the ball and we just did a bad job of tackling,” Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley said.

And a poor job of putting a team away, again.

Still, the Steelers would rather apologize for sluggish play in a win than the alternative. Despite their somewhat bumpy start, they’re right where they expected entering the meat of the season.

“We won the game,” Ward said, “that’s all that matters.”