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AFC Championship rematches Jets-Steelers regular-season classic

Mike Tomlin, Rex Ryan

Four weeks ago, the Jets and Steelers treated us to one of the best games of the regular season, when the Jets went to Pittsburgh and pulled off a come-from-behind upset.

In a week we’ll get to see the same two teams on the same field, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

The AFC Championship Game will be a Jets-Steelers rematch, and it’s a rematch that Jets coach Rex Ryan predicted in his post-game conversation with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, whom he told, “You know we’ll meet again.”

Ryan may have known that, but the rest of us didn’t know until this weekend, when the Steelers and Jets both gutted out tough wins. We can only hope that both teams bring their A-games again in a week, and give us a game like they had in the regular season.

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77 Responses to “AFC Championship rematches Jets-Steelers regular-season classic”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 8:41 PM

    I know it’s a longshot, but is there any way they can both lose? Just this once.

  2. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2011 8:41 PM

    .

    whats ben gunna do when the New York Feets come at u

  3. RexCanCoach says: Jan 16, 2011 8:41 PM

    Jet will be an underdog, but my God are they a live one.

  4. herokravon says: Jan 16, 2011 8:42 PM

    Have to imagine the NFC has a lot of new fans tonight. Either the greatest NFL franchise or Rex and his big mouth are going to Dallas.

  5. pghguyy says: Jan 16, 2011 8:42 PM

    see u in pittsburgh. dont know if sanchez can beat a d like ours again.

  6. terpface says: Jan 16, 2011 8:47 PM

    man what a boring afc championship game

  7. jonnysinns says: Jan 16, 2011 8:48 PM

    i believe in second chances (i’ve needed some myself), but i just can’t root for “that guy.” **shrugs**

    go jets.

  8. jajho says: Jan 16, 2011 8:48 PM

    Hope the steelers show how MEDIOCRE the jets really are…

  9. mborz says: Jan 16, 2011 8:49 PM

    Should be a great one.

    Lots of people looking forward to it, minus the people who can’t put their hate aside and just be a fan of the sport of football.

    Their loss.

  10. pajoe says: Jan 16, 2011 8:49 PM

    Can’t wait to see all the crap that comes out of the Jet’s players and coaches mouth this week and then knowing that they will be eating it next Sunday!!!!!

  11. 0marooney says: Jan 16, 2011 8:50 PM

    I really hope the Steelers don’t take the Jets too lightly, because this is in fact who they preferred playing (though it wasn’t mentioned publicly, minus James Farrior).

    There’s no question the Jets are an easier opponent for the Steelers than the Patriots are, but there is no reason to take them lightly–there’s a trip to the Super Bowl at stake, and possibly the last one for a long time. I just don’t want the Steelers to overlook this thing and blow it.

    Mike Tomlin, I need you, dawg.

  12. pigspigspigspigs says: Jan 16, 2011 8:50 PM

    Big Ben is two wins away from the Hall of Fame

  13. maddogwhite says: Jan 16, 2011 8:50 PM

    Kudos to the Jets for a masterful performance. They talked the talk and walked the walk. A worthy opponent to the Black and Gold. Hopefully the results will be different this time than earlier this year and #7 can lead us to a 7th.

  14. patriotinvasion says: Jan 16, 2011 8:54 PM

    As a Pats fan, all I can say is that if the Jets beat Manning, Brady and Big Ben en route to the Super Bowl, than they deserve it…

    I just don’t think they can win at Heinz twice in 6 weeks. We’ll see…

  15. afc22 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:55 PM

    two big differences are:

    1) Jets won’t have Woody to block Woodley
    2) Pitt will have Polumalu

    still Ryan has proven over the past two years that he can coach as well as anyone when it counts and Jets always play their best when people don’t expect them to pull it out

  16. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:55 PM

    Looks like the Superbowl is going to be Black and Yellow versus Greeen and Yellow

  17. doe22us says: Jan 16, 2011 8:55 PM

    home field advantage doesnt mean squat.. these playoffs being the wild card carries a lot of momentum

  18. drizzo311 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:58 PM

    I don’t know if it’s happened before, but next week in the Steelers/Jets game, the two starting QBs, Roethlisberger and Sanchez, both reached the AFC Championship game in each of their first two years in the league. Anyone know if it’s the first time?

  19. skoobyfl says: Jan 16, 2011 8:58 PM

    I had GB / Pittsburgh in the superbowl 1.5 months ago, nothing had changed. GB will win it all because of their talent.

  20. clavette says: Jan 16, 2011 8:59 PM

    gonna be one hell of a finish to this season, 3 sick games left

  21. steelernation1 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:01 PM

    are there any ravens fans on here yet?lol

    i picked steelers/bears super bowl

  22. gdt372753 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:08 PM

    Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves in proclaiming the teams in the SB. Every commentator out there picked Pats, and you see what happened.

  23. skoobyfl says: Jan 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    Big Ben always likes to do the pirate with his dates, it’s going to be a foot-stomping goodtime!

  24. ny82jy says: Jan 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    pitts O-line is beyond beat up. they have 43 back but they will have trouble with the jets d

  25. neverend1 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:11 PM

    Am I the only one who thought that regular season game was just an average game overall? Eh, maybe I was still caught up in the miracle at the meadowlands

  26. iainnyj says: Jan 16, 2011 9:11 PM

    Woody didn’t play in the first game either.

    =====================

    two big differences are:

    1) Jets won’t have Woody to block Woodley
    2) Pitt will have Polumalu

    still Ryan has proven over the past two years that he can coach as well as anyone when it counts and Jets always play their best when people don’t expect them to pull it out

  27. 58thegreatest says: Jan 16, 2011 9:14 PM

    It could be 2 small market teasm in the superbowl – PIT and GB – Godell’s nightmare.

    I predict that the Steelers set a franchise record for penalties against the Jets, as ordered by the league office

  28. loytomaki says: Jan 16, 2011 9:17 PM

    Well Sanchez seemed to choke against the Packers #2 scoring D at home, getting shut out, but that was a long time ago. Chicago had the number 4 or 5 scoring D when they met and he lit it up, and that was more recent. Either way, if the Jets win next week they will get a regular season rematch vs a team that shut them out or a team that burned them for 38 points.

  29. ny82jy says: Jan 16, 2011 9:17 PM

    iainnyj is right woody was out the first game to vs pitt

  30. goldsteel says: Jan 16, 2011 9:22 PM

    Well, Coach Ryan has met one of his goals in beating a Belichick lead team. As a Steelers fan, I imagine the Steelers will be prepared for the return of the Jets.

    GO STEELERS!

  31. swinbun says: Jan 16, 2011 9:25 PM

    Jets are going to have a very difficult time moving the ball. They won’t be able to run the ball like they did today.

    That means the game is going to be in the hands of Sanchez. I see a similar game to what Flacco had.

    Two other big differences. 43 will be roaming the secondary this time, and Ziggy Hood is a much different player than he was in the first game. The Steelers D is pretty damn dominating last night.

  32. buckeye044 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:25 PM

    Troy will be the difference

  33. myspaceyourface says: Jan 16, 2011 9:29 PM

    1. Troy P. will play

    2. Heath Miller will play

    3. Brad Smith likely won’t play

    4. Ben Roethlisberger will play.

  34. pftfan says: Jan 16, 2011 9:30 PM

    I’m sorry, if the Jets can knock off the Patriots, anything can happen against the Steelers next week.

    I don’t know how anyone can discount a Jets team that just dismantled the league’s best team in all four quarters, at their stadium.

  35. RexCanCoach says: Jan 16, 2011 9:31 PM

    @hobartbaker

    naaaah. most of us already got that wish with the Patriots and Colts both home, nice and warm. But thanks for stopping by.

  36. theseaward says: Jan 16, 2011 9:34 PM

    Go Pats………….oh wait ………..Brady couldn’t pull it off at home for the second straight time.

  37. 8man says: Jan 16, 2011 9:40 PM

    On the bright side, at exactly this time next week either Pittsburgh or New York is going to be suffering a serious downer.

    And no, it won’t matter who you beat to get there and lose.

  38. Deb says: Jan 16, 2011 9:41 PM

    @jonnysinns …

    The Georgia woman had a medical exam that showed she didn’t even have sex that night. She fabricated the whole whole thing and police said they didn’t have enough for probable cause–the reasonable assumption that a crime occurred–so they couldn’t even arrest Ben.

    On the other hand, Mark Sanchez was arrested on his false rape claim.

    Of course, Ben was also sued after a one-night stand by a hotel worker who texted people she couldn’t wait to see him again but got pissed when the hotel worker asked her to take paid leave when he was coming back to the hotel because she’d been obsessing over him.

    So, let’s see. Sanchez was arrested for rape, but Ben was just sued. Both were innocent but which was worse?

    **shrugs**

    Braindead Uniformed Idiot.

  39. fancyleague says: Jan 16, 2011 9:48 PM

    The other piece the Steelers won’t be missing is Heath Miller. The final two plays of the game featured two drops by Matt Spaeth.

  40. ironcity330 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:48 PM

    2 things this game will have:

    1) #43 will be playing

    2) heath miller will be playing.

    last time they played matt spaeth dropped so many balls. heath will make those catches.

    Its MILLER time!!!

  41. roque21 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:52 PM

    my jets gotta win…if brett farve cant help but mess with our chicks ben wont be able to keep it in his pants

  42. halftermguv says: Jan 16, 2011 9:53 PM

    Anyone see horse faced Shannon Sharp mock Cowher on the pregame show when Cowher said the Jets have a good chance against NE? Look who’s laughing now.

    BTW how does marble mouth continue to hold an analyst’s job?

  43. ekash7 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:01 PM

    Lets see why rex ryan says its personal against ben rothlesburger this week. “he said I’m ugly and I cant read good”

  44. steellady says: Jan 16, 2011 10:03 PM

    Its going to be one helluva a game nontheless.

    HERE WE GO STEELERS,HERE WE GO!!!!!!

  45. dolphins4 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:05 PM

    The Jets will have to play a perfect game to beat the mighty Steelers.

  46. freedomispopular says: Jan 16, 2011 10:07 PM

    Back when Joe Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl victory, would you all have crapped all over him like you guys do with the Jets today? It’s one thing to talk a big game…it’s quite another thing to go out and deliver. I think it’s refreshing to see people like the Jets speaking what they truly think instead of all this PC crap.

  47. carson9 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:16 PM

    By default (Being an AFCN fan and the fact that Rex Ryan is a jackoff) I will be pulling for the terrible towel.

  48. laxer37 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:21 PM

    It will be a close game, the Jets haven’t put anyone away all season.

    It will come down to if the Jets can handle the Steelers at full strength this time around.

  49. steelerzzzrule says: Jan 16, 2011 10:23 PM

    Steelers should have this.

  50. jpetroci4 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:41 PM

    Being a Steeler fan, I’ll say this.. The Jets surprised me, not once, but twice. Beating Manning and Brady in back-to-back weekends is a feat, and you must give credit where credit is due. But come Sunday, I think they’re in for a little more than they may be able to handle. Pittsburgh is coming off an incredible win against Baltimore last night, and I think that momentum is going to carry over until next week. The last time these two teams met, they were without Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller, and yet they were a tipped pass away from beating them. The Jets are not going to be able to run the football, and thus the game will be put into Sanchez’s hands, and I’m not so sure he’s capable of beating that defense. Not to mention the fact that the game will be played in Pittsburgh, and believe you me, it will matter come Sunday. Ask Baltimore about that crowd. I was there last night and that place was literally shaking. I’ve been to quite a few Steeler games in my day and it was never louder. Wait until next week when there’s even more at stake. Best of luck to the Jets, but Roethlisberger will not be beat this year. If you need proof of that, watch the Ravens game.

  51. steelernation1 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:49 PM

    too the idiot that said black and yellow?ITS BLACK AND GOLD!!!!!never was nor ever will be yellow.just because some idiot decided to make a rap song sayin black and yellow which he was refering to his car!!..doesnt change the pittsburgh colors to yellow

  52. jerrycolatrella says: Jan 16, 2011 11:00 PM

    Steelers won’t take the Jets lightly since the Jets beat them in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago.

    Having Polamalu back on defense and Heath Miller on offense is huge since Mat Spaeth was targeted way too many times in that game.

  53. trickbunny says: Jan 16, 2011 11:05 PM

    Deb says: Jan 16, 2011 9:41 PM

    @jonnysinns …

    The Georgia woman had a medical exam that showed she didn’t even have sex that night. She fabricated the whole whole thing and police said they didn’t have enough for probable cause–the reasonable assumption that a crime occurred–so they couldn’t even arrest Ben.

    On the other hand, Mark Sanchez was arrested on his false rape claim.

    Of course, Ben was also sued after a one-night stand by a hotel worker who texted people she couldn’t wait to see him again but got pissed when the hotel worker asked her to take paid leave when he was coming back to the hotel because she’d been obsessing over him.

    So, let’s see. Sanchez was arrested for rape, but Ben was just sued. Both were innocent but which was worse?

    **shrugs**

    Braindead Uniformed Idiot.
    ———————————————–

    Jeez, I can’t believe people *still* are trying to explain this, point by point. As if laying all this out is gonna make anyone who thinks Ben got away with something change their mind. Trust us, we all know exactly what happened and what all the facts are. My own personal opinion is that he didn’t rape anyone- but because of all the allegations of everything from being at least a bit over-forceful win women to all the people who came out and just said he was a royal a-hole, there’s gotta be *something* to *some* of those allegations. Sounds like the dude is just a egomaniacal sumbag.

    Funny how, when the chips were down, all those local Pittsburgh restaurant/bar/car wash/whatever owners or employees were like “The guy is a huge dick”, but now that their a game away from the SB, he’s Mother Theresa. Hilarious.

    But seriously, he can win this SB and the next couple- but just the allegations of things that may or may not have happened alone are enough to make his HoF ballot a tough sell.

  54. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 16, 2011 11:15 PM

    For the last two weeks all I have heard was Patriot fans summing up potential NFC opponents for their “given” Super Bowl appearance. They never even considered they actually might have to win a game or two in the AFC playoffs first. Hey Pats fans: Playoff appearances and Super Bowls are not a birthright. Even Indy played the Jets a closer game. Good riddance.

  55. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:24 PM

    If I were a Jets fan I would be afraid because New England had no pass rush at all but that wont be the case against the Steelers. Can Sanchez handle it?

  56. steelerzzzrule says: Jan 16, 2011 11:26 PM

    jpetroc14

    Well said my man. I’ll be making the trip from DC to attend the game.

  57. zone44blitz says: Jan 16, 2011 11:34 PM

    This game will be decided by Heath Miller. Ben didn’t have his dump off man against the Jets the first time. He had Matt “Ping Pong Paddles” Spaeth. Heath is one of the most dangerous and underrated tight ends in the league and he will become a star on Sunday.

  58. hueylewis says: Jan 16, 2011 11:58 PM

    Cannot wait! Wish this game was tomorrow instead of all the dog gone basketball games.

    The Steelers have Troy Polamalu for this game, and they are going to clip the wings of those big talking wannabes. Man, I have never seen a team that has accomplished nothing act like that.

    The Steeler are going to beat the Jets next week, by a score of 27-14.

  59. bpearse230 says: Jan 17, 2011 12:32 AM

    Too many comments to read….. The stupidest spelling by a running back name wins the game…

  60. Deb says: Jan 17, 2011 12:51 AM

    @trickbunny …

    For once we’re in agreement. It won’t make a difference, but it irritates me so sometimes I do it anyway. And sometimes I ignore it. It’s some improvement. Yes, I think he’s primarily been an egomaniacal jackass, but hope he’s turned over a new leaf. At least he’s done what I really wanted–started applying himself more to the game. The work he did with the QB coach he hired during his suspension has helped minimize some of his mistakes. Yes, as we both know, my thoughts on him haven’t changed. But apparently many others’ have :cool:

  61. bigbabies says: Jan 17, 2011 1:27 AM

    I’m a die-hard Steelers fan and I wanted the Jets to win, but after the way they played the Pats, they have me worried. Although, we do match up a lot better against them then we do the Pats. Be prepared for a slug fest

    Go Steelers!

  62. rangenius says: Jan 17, 2011 2:38 AM

    When will some of you morons realize the playoffs is a different animal than the regular season?

  63. rangenius says: Jan 17, 2011 2:41 AM

    I thought Steeler fans were better than the excuse-making pansies on here. I was wrong.

  64. rangenius says: Jan 17, 2011 2:47 AM

    Steeler fan whined they were without polamalu and miller… Jets are and will be without Woody, Kris Jenkins and Jim Leonard… quit ur excuses. U fans are nothing like the toughness your team shows… union bums!

  65. quentincosta says: Jan 17, 2011 2:59 AM

    hueylewis says:

    Jan 16, 2011 11:58 PM

    The Steeler are going to beat the Jets next week, by a score of 27-14.

    ——————————–

    I predicted a similar score for the Pats to beat the Jets!

    In any case, I agree with you that the Steelers should win but I will have to reduce my bet! ha ha ha

  66. svenhoek86 says: Jan 17, 2011 3:06 AM

    The Jets are in for a totally different experience. It’s one thing to smash up an offensive minded team like the Patriots, but the Steelers LIVE for teams like the Jets. A run first, defense oriented opponent. This offense plays, and regularly beats Baltimore. Everyone talking about the epic Jets pass rush, remember, the Steelers face that 2-3 times a year in Baltimore. Going up against a top ranked defense and slugging it out is our bread and butter.

    As for the Jets offense, they are in for a treat on Sunday. We aren’t the Patriots. You won’t run on us, period. And I don’t like Sanchez to win the game with Troy sniffing around the backfield.

    There’s a huge difference in gameplanning a team you play twice a year, in your third meeting, then one you only played once and got a lucky win out of.

    Remember, that game was an uncalled holding (Sanders had a TD) and dropped pass from a back up TE away from being a Steelers win.

  67. discosucs2005 says: Jan 17, 2011 3:31 AM

    @hueylewis

    “[The Jets are] a team that has accomplished nothing”

    I’m not a fan of the Jets (although I was sunday) but pretty sure going to the AFCCG twice in a row is better than nothing. It’s actually pretty impressive.

  68. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 17, 2011 4:58 AM

    Watching the Jets turn Tom Brady into little boy lost put a smile on my face. But, now I hope the Steelers get their revenge next Sunday in Pittsburgh. Should be a good game. And, Steeler fans should not think this is a good scenario. The Jets have a great defense and the Steelers offensive line has been banged up. We lost to them once already this year. Don’t disrespect. Just go out there and play your game and beat them.

  69. dmretrogames says: Jan 17, 2011 7:21 AM

    Love the Steelers in the rematch. You can only get so far with an average QB, as the Pats proved yesterday. Brady was exposed for the overrated dink/dunker that he is. What did he complete, one pass that went more than ten yards in the air? And that with a wide open, clean pocket, per usual.

    Sanchez and Cutler kiss the baby next week.

  70. blackngoldmachine says: Jan 17, 2011 7:26 AM

    Let us first bask in all our glory…where’s the raven fans?! Cmon on in, the water is fine! Losers.

    GO STEELERS!!!

    watch out for t-rex, Larry “Foote”

  71. robsterny says: Jan 17, 2011 8:49 AM

    *LOL*..I love it!…I hear it already..”the Jets wont be able to run”.. “.they cant do this…and they cant do that”
    NEWSFLASH!!…It looks like they CAN!

  72. sjoyner59 says: Jan 17, 2011 8:59 AM

    I just can’t wait until I am in front of the TV and its kick off time for this game !

  73. steelers24019 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:10 AM

    It could be 2 small market teasm in the superbowl – PIT and GB – Godell’s nightmare.
    ___________________________________

    Steelers (in particular) and Packers have a national following. The Steelers have played in some of the Super Bowls with highest TV ratings of all time.

  74. pervyharvin says: Jan 17, 2011 9:14 AM

    The Jets invested too much in beating the Pats.It was like SB week between you guys with all the posturing and media. Didn’t go to New England with a loose,care free attitude like Packers did in Atlanta.Sorry Jets fans, yesterday was your SB and you did great.Just won’t be enough in the tank to go to Pitt and chalk up another win.Steelers go to the SB.

  75. blitz1717 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:15 AM

    58thgreatest said this could be Godells worst nightmare Pitt and GB because they are 2 small market teams. I think you can’t be any farther from the truth consider they are 2 of the teams with the LARGEST fans bases in the NFL. Like it or not this would be one of the greatest stories for a Superbowl.

  76. ottomanismydog says: Jan 17, 2011 9:26 AM

    not much of a classic.. we’ll see how well sanchez can account for Troy

  77. seventhtrophy says: Jan 17, 2011 10:18 PM

    Lets go Steelers!!!!

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