1. Derek Landri, DT. Landri was forced into extended action as John Henderson injured his hamstring on the Steelers opening drive. All Landri
did was be an absolute menace to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and
pull football's version of a hat trick- a sack, a fumble recovery, and an
interception. Landri also gave some key blocks on Jones-Drew's big kickoff
return and played a complete, outstanding game. Jack Del Rio commented
about Landri in his press conference-
"We lose John Henderson early in the game, a guy like Derek Landri steps up and ends up getting a hat trick. He gets a sack, an interception, and recovered a fumble at the end of the game. Just a great example of the way we've had guys all year - step up, step in, play well and help us win, and I'm really for him and happy for our team. "
2. Adam Podlesh, P. At the site of Podlesh's worst game as a pro just three weeks prior, Podlesh did exactly what was asked of any playoff caliber NFL punter. Adam averaged 50 yards per punt in the cold weather of Pittsburgh, and handled every snap to perfection and helped the Jaguars secure the victory.
3. Justin Durant, LB. The Jaguars rookie was playing in his first playoff game and he did exactly what he's done since being inserted into the starting lineup. Make every play possible all over the field. Durant finished with 12 tackles, which is just another day at the office for him.
4. Jeremy Mincey, DE. Jeremy Mincey played in just six regular season games in his three NFL seasons, and he was little more than an afterthought when the Jaguars broke camp and he went to the practice squad. In his first playoff game, Mincey registered two tackles and a sack in limited duty.
5. Chad Nkang, S. Nkang is the Jaguars designated special teams stud, and he set a new team record this season with over 30 special teams tackles. Although Nkang registered just two assisted tackles, he was the first player down on special teams on many kicks, and forced the play in the opposite direction, i.e. doing his job.
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