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Live Blog: Jets 22, Steelers 17 - FINAL

Mark Sanchez looks for a receiver in the

Mark Sanchez looks for a receiver in the 2nd quarter against the Miami Dolphins at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Dec. 12, 2010) Credit: David Pokress / Newsday

Analysis: The Jets improve to 10-4 and the Steelers drop to 10-4. The Jets did a lot of things right today, including winning for the first time in Pittsburgh. They were 0-7 previously. They also won for the first time in the state of Pennsylvania. The Jets are 0-4 against the Eagles.

More importantly, they stuck with the run and made a game plan that called for a lot of easy throws for Sanchez. For the most part, Sanchez was on target. He found his receivers with short throws on a regular basis and hit for a long one every so often. Sanchez had six passing plays of 11 or more yards, including a 38-yard play to Edwards.

Defensively, the Jets contained the Steelers. They had problems on third downs in the first half, but totally shut down the Steelers in the second half. Pittsburgh had two good drives. At the start of the third and at the end of the game. In between it was all about the Jets stopping the Steelers. The Jets are now back in control of their own destiny. The Jets can clinch next week against the Bears with a win. 

Fourth quarter: Facing a 3rd and goal from the 10 with 2 seconds left, the Jets came away with the big defensive play as Cole knocked away Roethlisberger's desparation pass play to Spaeth. Jets win 22-17.

The Jets defense have really made things difficult on the Steelers final drive. After pinning the Steelers back on their 8, Roethlisberger ran 22 yards for a 1st. After a few big plays, Roethlisberger to Sanders for 29 yards and to Wallace for 18, the Steelers had the ball 1st-and-10 on the Jets 26. Roethlisberger completed another pass down to the Jets 10. The Steelers have the ball 1st-and-10 with 9 seconds left on the 10.

The Jets had a chance to put the game away, but couldn't and were forced to punt after a 3-and-out. Steelers took over 1st and 10 on their own 8 with 2:08 left.

Jets extended their lead to 22-17 thanks to a safety by Jason Taylor. He tackled Moore in the end zone. It's the second safety this season for the Jets. Jets 22, Steelers 17.

The Jets have had some quality play-calling today. They took over on their own 24 and drove down to the Steelers 33. They couldn't get in the end zone or even FG, but they have pinned the Steelers inside their 5. Jets still led 20-17 with 2:45 to go in the game.

The Jets game plan has been simple; stick with the run, hit some short pass plays and hit for a long one every so often. It worked on their latest drive as Nick Folk connected on a 34-yard FG to give them a 20-17 lead with 10:07 left in the game. Key plays: Holmes 9-yard catch, Edwards 16-yard catch on third down, Tomlinson 10-yard run on 3rd down. Drive: 13 plays, 66 yards, Folk 34-yard FG. Jets 20, Steelers 17.

Third quarter: The Jets ended the third quarter well, stopping the Steelers on third down for a change and forcing them to punt. The Jets took over 1st-and-10 on their own 34 after a 19-yard punt return by Jerricho Cotchery. The Jets converted a third down on the ensuing possession on a QB sneak by Sanchez. The Jets will have it 1st-and-10 on their own 44 to start the 4th quarter.

EUREKA!! The Jets score an offensive TD. The first time since Thanksgiving day. The Jets moved the ball well as Sanchez hit Keller for 11 yards on third down and Edwards on a 15-yard play (15 yards were tacked on for helmet-to-helmet contact by the Steelers). The Jets had the ball 1st-and-10 on the Pitt 11 and moved it to the Steelers seven yardline. Facing a 4th and 1, the Jets went for it. Sanchez made a great fake to Greene, kept the ball and scored on a 7-yard run to the left side. Jets 17, Steelers 17.

The Steelers opened up things a bit, hitting the Jets from every angle on a 74-yard scoring drive. Mendenhall burned the Jets for 33 yards, including a 2-yard scoring run. Key plays: Mendenhall 21-yard run, Wallace 8-yard catch on 3rd down. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards. Mendenhall 2-yd TD run. Steelers 17, Jets 10.

Halftime stats: Passing -- Sanchez 9-13 82 yards; Roethlisberger 13-23 118 yds 1 TD. Rushing -- Tomlinson 6-31; Mendenhall 8-43. Receiving -- Edwards 4-59; Ward 2-34, Sanders 4-34, Spaeth 3-27 1 TD.

Second quarter: The Steelers did everything they could to answer the Jets, including running the old fake-spike play. But the Jets held, forcing the Steelers' Shaun Suishman to kick a 42-yard field goal. Two penalties helped keep the Steelers rolling, though. A holding call on Cromartie and an offsides on Jason Taylor. Key Plays: Wallace 16-yard catch, Mendenhall, 7-yard run.  Drive: 13 plays, 53 yards. Suishman 42-yard FG. Jets 10, Steelers 10.

Still no offensive TD for the Jets. Sanchez hit Braylon Edwards on a 38-yard pass play, and had the ball 1st-and-10 on Steelers 11. But a 2-yard run, an incomplete pass and a conservative short out pass to Holmes stopped the drive. Nick Folk hit a 25-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards. Folk 25-yard FG. Jets 10, Steelers 7.

The Steelers put a little dent in the Jets defense, as Ben Roethlisberger directed a 96-yard drive. The Steelers converted four third-down plays. He hit TE Spaeth for a 9-yard touchdown. Key plays: Emmanuel Sanders 12-yard catch on third down, Sanders 13-yard catch on third down, Hines Ward 18-yard catch on third down. Drive: 16 plays, 96 yards. Spaeth 9-yard TD Catch. Jets 7, Steelers 7.

First quarter:  The Jets moved the ball well on their second possession and drove down to the Steelers 25. Sanchez connected with Holmes for what should've been a 20-yard play that would set the Jets up on the Steelers 5. But a holding call on left guard Matt Slauson killed the drive. Do the Jets miss Alan Faneca now ? They have to. Weatherford had a great punt, though. The Steelers have the ball 1st-and-10 on their own 2 with 41 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Jets defense has answered the call so far, forcing the Steelers to punt on their first two possessions. Pittsburgh has made it clear they will test the Jets down the sideline. Ben Roethlisberger has tried to hit Mike Wallace twice on deep passes. Antonio Cromartie defended on both plays. Although it looked as if he got away with a pass interference at least once. Jets still lead, 7-0.

The Jets didn't waste any time as Brad Smith returned the opening kick 98 yards for a touchdown. Jets 7, Steelers 0.

Welcome to another afternoon on the Jets blog. Marcus Henry is back to get through today’s critical game between the Jets (9-4) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) at Heinz Field.

Forget about Tripgate fiasco, the Jets need to win. The offense has been the main culprit, scoring zero TDs over the last eight quarters. The Jets haven’t had either running back – Shonn Greene or LaDainian Tomlinson – over 100 yards since both went over the mark against Buffalo in Week 4. This is one week where the Jets will need to be able to run the ball.

The Jets passing attack hasn’t been anything to write home about either. Mark Sanchez has one TD pass and five interceptions over his last three games. Making matters even more troubling is the fact that Wayne Hunter will start in place of Damien Woody at right tackle. Hunter had a rough go last week as the Dolphins took advantage of him.

Not that this is any consolation, but Troy Polamalu won’t play today. Randy Mundy is starting in his place. TE Heath Miller isn’t playing either for the Steelers.
 

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