High stakes on the line between Pittsburgh, Jacksonville

When Pittsburgh fans unite to support their team before a playoff game, they go all in with even city leaders getting involved.

More than just an AFC Championship Game appearance and bragging rights are on the line for Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones. The fire chief made a bet with Jacksonville’s Fire Chief Kurtis Wilson.

The fire chief of the losing team will have to endure staring at the logo of the other team, granted it will be with safety in mind. A smoke alarm with the logo of the winning team will be installed in the office of the losing fire chief.

Chief Jones is not one bit worried he’ll have to stare at the Jaguars logo in his office.

“Smoke Alarms protect families, increasing fire safety awareness, including the importance of having working smoke detectors in the home is a vital initiative in our community,” said Chief Jones. “Even WHEN the Steelers win, both cities win in terms of fire safety awareness! I am looking forward to a great game and seeing that beautiful Steelers smoke detector in Chief Wilson’s office.”

In addition to the bet between fire chiefs, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has a friendly wager of its own with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. This is another bet for a good cause. According to the Pittsburgh Zoo, the losing zoo will not only contribute to a conservation program of the winner’s choice, but will also provide the winning zoo with favorite local specialty foods.

If (or when) the Steelers win, Pittsburgh can expect a contribution to the city’s Sea Turtle Second Chance Program and some delicious fried chicken. IF the complete the upset, the Jacksonville Zoo gets to experience something every Pittsburgher holds dear, Primanti sandwiches. A Steelers loss also results in the Jacksonville Zoo getting a donation to their Rupununi Wildlife Research Unit.

It’s safe to say the stakes have now been raised in this AFC Divisional Round matchup. The Steelers and Jaguars kickoff from Heinz Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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