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Steelers super, Jets comeback falls short

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With the Super Bowl in the balance, the Jets’ defense needed one more stop. And they couldn’t get it.

Instead, Ben Roethlisberger completed a 14-yard pass to Antonio Brown on third-and-6 after the two-minute warning to clinch the Steelers’ 24-19 AFC Championship Game victory, sending the Steelers back to the Super Bowl.

That was one of the few big plays on the day for Roethlisberger, who completed just 10 of 19 passes for 133 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. But after stagnating for the entire second half, Roethlisberger did just enough in the final minutes to keep the Jets’ offense off the field.

If the Jets’ offense had gotten on the field, it might have completed one of the great comebacks in NFL history. After falling behind 24-0 in the second quarter, the Jets got a field goal just before halftime to make the score 24-3. Early in the third quarter Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 45-yard touchdown to make the score 24-10, and after Roethlisberger recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone, it was 24-12. Sanchez then hit Jerricho Cotchery for a four-yard touchdown to make the score 24-19, and the Jets had to think that if they could just get the ball once more, they could complete the comeback.

But when the Jets decided to kick it deep rather than onside kick, all it took for the Steelers was two first downs — one on a Roethlisberger pass to Heath Miller and one on Roethlisberger’s pass to Brown — to run out the clock and seal the win.

In the first half it looked like running out the clock would be easy for Pittsburgh. Rashard Mendenhall was running wild, the defense was completely shutting down the Jets’ running game, and by midway through the second quarter, it looked like the rout was on.

Instead, the Jets made it a competitive game down to the final minute. And the final minute was when Roethlisberger finally made the play to send the Steelers to the Super Bowl.

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137 Responses to “Steelers super, Jets comeback falls short”
  1. flashdeath says: Jan 23, 2011 10:13 PM

    J-E-T-S suck suck suck!

  2. laxer37 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:14 PM

    When asked about watching the Steelers in the Superbowl, Bart Scott replied, CAN’T WAIT!!!

  3. moneymike23 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:14 PM

    Damn, Jets were so close. I don’t want to play the what if game but imagine if the Jets didn’t have a total meltdown in the first half. Still, hell of a come back.

  4. herokravon says: Jan 23, 2011 10:14 PM

    Dallas get that dump of a city and stadium cleaned up, because the real Americas team is coming.

  5. andyprough says: Jan 23, 2011 10:15 PM

    Amazing second half coaching effort by Ryan – that dude can coach his a$$ off. Unbelievable.

    Props to Steeler youngsters – Antonio, Sanders, Rashard, William Gay, Lamar Woodley

  6. laxer37 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:15 PM

    Have fun hearing nothing but Steelers and Packers around the clock for the next two weeks haters!

  7. abbyandmurphy says: Jan 23, 2011 10:16 PM

    Rex Ryan has no class.

  8. harpoo51 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:16 PM

    Well at least now we won’t have to hear Rex Ryan running off at the mouth for the next two weeks.

  9. Davo says: Jan 23, 2011 10:17 PM

    Wait, what do you mean the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl? That’s not possible.

    Rex Ryan said his team was going to the super bowl, he wrote it on the side of a bus. He said his team was the best in the league, they were going to lead the league in (f***ing) wins…

    This does not compute!

  10. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 23, 2011 10:17 PM

    I love it. I couldn’t have handled Coach Footsniffer blowing every microphone in site for two more weeks.

  11. wtf2812 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:17 PM

    AHHHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    All you loud-mouth Jets fans. I listened to you run your mouths all week. Well, like Santonio Holmes you can all wake and bake tomorrow.

    Too bad the Steelers played that damn prevent defense the whole second half, but the best team still definitely won.

    That being said, I willl take my hat off to the Jets (except for the idiot player who said to put the champagne on ice). They didn’t give up.

    But to the Jets fans on here … eat that crow baby!

    There’s always next year!!

  12. jusford says: Jan 23, 2011 10:17 PM

    GO PACK!!!

  13. pghsteel412 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:18 PM

    great job by the steelers… however we gotta play way better than we did in 2nd half… however a win is a win… now its time for super bowl 7

  14. cytofed says: Jan 23, 2011 10:19 PM

    Slow start to the quarterback play killed the jets today. So much for sanchise. I look for the jets to go after another quarterback in this years draft, may I say cam newton? Remind a little of big Ben on the physical side, something sanchise don’t quite have! Better luck next year coach Ryan!!

  15. joerevs300 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:20 PM

    That’s why teams win games and individuals do not.

    First off, I want to say kudos to the Jets. Any other team would have given up being down 24-0. They didn’t stop fighting and if they had gotten one big play on special teams they would have made the greatest comeback in NFL history. They showed the heart that Rex Ryan talks about. All this being said, I don’t see them recovering from this loss anytime soon. Getting that close to taking the lead and not finishing the comeback…that just makes the sting of losing worse.

    As for the Steelers, big concern about Pouncey’s injury and the ineffectiveness of the offense in the 2nd half. As well as the defense (though on the Holmes TD Ike Taylor fell down…can’t blame the D for that one). But they did what champions do…persevere and win the game.

    So now it’s on to Dallas against the Packers. If the Steelers don’t score in the 30’s, they will not win their 7th Super Bowl.

    Let the Packer love and the Steeler hate commence.

  16. swinbun says: Jan 23, 2011 10:20 PM

    Going for # 7!!!!

    Hey Jets and blowhard Rex……….Go grab you frickin SHINE BOX!!!!!

  17. livenbreathefootball says: Jan 23, 2011 10:20 PM

    Packers-Steelers Super Bowl. The history alone will make this game awesome.

    Please owners and players don’t take this game away from us.

  18. kom2k10 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:21 PM

    I’m tired of hearing about Big Ben as a big time clutch QB. This team went 3-1 without him. Any halfway competent QB can win with this team. Last year when he didn’t have an elite defense, they missed the playoffs!!

    I understand winning games isn’t all about stats, but so far he’s won a SuperBowl by completing 9/23 passes for 123 yards, 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s. And now he just won an AFC championship going 10/19 for 133 yds, 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s.

    Winning playoff games isn’t about having a “clutch” QB. It’s the same as it ever was. Whoever can run the ball, stop the run, and play good D wins it. Both championships games had very little to do w/ QB play…

  19. igottz5onit says: Jan 23, 2011 10:21 PM

    Wow what a freaking game! Good game jets. Hopefully we will look better in the super bowl than the second half tonight. Go Steelers!

  20. skoobyfl says: Jan 23, 2011 10:21 PM

    Jets were about a foot short of a TD on that one drive after LT dragged his feet. Good game, Rex puts his best foot forward everytime.

  21. tk1966 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:21 PM

    On the post game interview, did anyone else notice the lack of class on the part of fat Rex when he failed to offer congratulations to the Steelers? Almost without fail, other coaches in that situation offer up congratulations before they give their response to the first question. He didn’t. Total lack of class, as we have seen from this man all year.

  22. jerrycolatrella says: Jan 23, 2011 10:21 PM

    Never a doubt.

    Bring on the Packers!

  23. dinglbry74 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    WOOOHOOOO!!! GO STEELERS! Good game gang green…helluva comeback.

  24. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    Only Jet fans would be excited about losing two Conference Championships back to back. Do you get a parade for that?

    Same Old Jets.

  25. thecgroup says: Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    Steelers dictated how the jets played the game. This was also one of the rare occurrences that that Prevent Defense works….

    As a yinser, Aaron Rodgers scares me…

  26. p4ever says: Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    LT 9 carries 16 yards
    Bart Scott 2 tackles
    Sexy Rexy: a whole foot up the @ss

    Clutch!!!!

  27. gergie1957 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    Alright, Now is it time for the Jets fans to break out the Champagne?

  28. kate773 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    Thank you Steelers, for shutting these guys up. But my Steeler fandom ends now. Go Green Bay.

  29. xtb3 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    Game was lost 2nd and goal inside the one and Shottenheimer sticks his nose into the issue rushing Sanchez who then throws 2 passes then on 4th Shottenheimer’s little boy has them try to run.

    They have a Rooney Rule concerning race , how about a rule for competant coaches whose daddies did not have pull? Shottenheimer, Shanahan and that punk Kiffen seem to have a huge edge in getting jobs they are totally unqualified for!

  30. pghguyy says: Jan 23, 2011 10:23 PM

    good game ny! gotta admit i was happy 2 see holmes crying. so much for the slap in the face.

  31. gatorprof says: Jan 23, 2011 10:23 PM

    What in the world was Rashard Mendenhall thinking dry humping Big Ben?

  32. iownyou2 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:23 PM

    Congrats to the Steelers you will do the AFC proud. Its to bad the Jets couldn’t show up for the whole game, but a good season for them with all the doubters.

  33. rcunningham says: Jan 23, 2011 10:23 PM

    Why was Mendenhall humping Roethlisberger? Was he trying to show him how it feels?

  34. giablommi says: Jan 23, 2011 10:24 PM

    I’m glad the Jets made it a game and pulled within a touchdown.

    It will just make it hurt that much more.

  35. jmp527 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:24 PM

    Where are the loud mouthed, annoying, trash talking Jets fans now? All week it’s been “Steelers suck this, Jets are so awesome that!”

    What now losers? The Jets will be golfing while the Steelers will be playing for their record 7th Lombardi Trophy.

    To all the Jets fans: please get used to the saying “There’s always next year”

  36. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 23, 2011 10:24 PM

    Grats to the Steelers and their fans. They are one seriously tough football team.

  37. darthvader89 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:25 PM

    Go Pack

  38. insovietrussiafootballplayou says: Jan 23, 2011 10:25 PM

  39. duanethomas says: Jan 23, 2011 10:26 PM

    No matter what, its the SOJ. Same old jets..Miami 82. Denver. 98 Indy 10. now Pittsburgh 11. They will never get over the hump and Rex will be done in a couple. No feet jokes, just the facts..”Joe Friday”.

  40. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 23, 2011 10:26 PM

    No AFC East title. No AFC title. Hey Rex ! Have a snack with some champagne !

  41. roadwash says: Jan 23, 2011 10:27 PM

    Finally..buh-bye…..”can’t wait” for next year……peace and quiet…gotta love it.

  42. raidernationbaby says: Jan 23, 2011 10:28 PM

    Big Ben got a taste of his own medicine from Mendenhall on that first QB kneel. Not too different from my black lab humping his stuffed teddy bear.

  43. mikeytoth says: Jan 23, 2011 10:28 PM

    I thought Rex was going to cry after he threw his headset down.

  44. yets1969 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:29 PM

    “c’mon dolphin fans and J-E-T-S haters where you at ……playoffs??? bring it on… were in it to win it J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS… see you next year dolphins fans good luck in the draft lmao”

    LOL thought you were in it to win it…good luck in the draft! lmao

  45. melikefootball says: Jan 23, 2011 10:29 PM

    Looked like the Steelers did not fall into the Jets life of roses talk, they put it to them. This was a team they played tonight, a rookie who was not on the roster midseason, makes the play for a first down to have Ryan throw his headset down and Taylor showing some poor sportsmanship when the game was at the kneel down phase.

  46. gallyhatch says: Jan 23, 2011 10:29 PM

    Bummer, I didn’t get to see LT crying this January.( my fingers are still crossed for a tear-filled press conference).

    I expect Rex & Sanchez to handle it with dignity & tip their caps to the Steelers. They handled the victory in New England with class, I expect more of the same today.
    However I am curious to hear people like Edwards, Scott & Cromartie cry about being disrespected.
    Those scumbags got what they deserved. Losers

    You know this is a special team of A-holes when people rally behind teams they normally hate in the hopes of seeing the Jets get knocked off.

    Hey soon to be champs, that champagne will be on ice for at least another year.

  47. steelerswinagain says: Jan 23, 2011 10:30 PM

    They only made a comeback because the Steelers stayed in a clock killing, prevent style of play for the 2nd half.

  48. bspurloc says: Jan 23, 2011 10:30 PM

    .
    CANT WAIT to start playing in the 2nd half… GRRRRR

  49. norton20 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:30 PM

    Jets are half way to a minor league version of the Bills 4 peat. Too bad the alarm clock didn’t go off for them before the first half.

  50. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 23, 2011 10:30 PM

    I’m starting to like Rex Ryan. He is a perfect loser. He’s not so pathetic that he gets fired immediately….he’s just good enough to embarrass himself on occasion, but then still keep hopes high, only to ultimately get what he deserves….failure, and the chance to fail again next season.

    Enjoy it Jets fans. You’re stuck with him for a long time at this rate.

  51. richm2256 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:31 PM

    When the Steelers got that first down, seeing Rex Ryan yank off his headset and fling it to the ground was PRICELESS!!!!!!

    Hey Ladanian, think getting stuffed on Fourth and Goal hurt the Jets a bit????????

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    Those five points sorta mattered a bit, didn’t they?

    The Yets (yes, they are once again the “Yets”!) played a good second half defensively, but absent a couple of good throws, Mark Sanchez is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! That guy is NEVER going to get the Jets to a Super Bowl.

    Speaking of Super Bowls, what happened to the “Super Bowl Champs!” bullcrap?????

  52. cytofed says: Jan 23, 2011 10:31 PM

    Slow start to the quarterback play killed the jets today. So much for sanchise. I look for the jets to go after another quarterback in this years draft, may I say cam newton? Remind a little of big Ben on the physical side, something sanchise don’t quite have! Better luck next year coach Ryan!

  53. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jan 23, 2011 10:31 PM

    Congrats to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 2010 AFC Champions.

    This was the year the star-studded New York Jets pushed all their chips to the center of the table, and they just folded—big time. Rex Ryan looked deflated tonight, like one of those New York Macy’s parade floats after Thanksgiving. By the time he reached Pittsburgh, he had no more hot air left, having expended all of it against the New England Patriots. Yet, unlike the Patriots, who at least are AFC East Champs, the Jets have absolutely nothing to show after a year of loudmouth antics. A fitting end to a year built on bluster.

  54. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Steelers are the toughest team to play in the playoffs. I don’t think anyone would want to play them if given the choice.

  55. delrmi05 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Hats off to the Steelers. While many will be sick of these guys winning, they are a class organization overall that deserves their success.

  56. da11ascowboys says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    both teams can shove it.

  57. misterpigglesworth says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    sal pal interviewed bart scott after the game…”bart, are you ready to watch the superbowl from the stands with the rest of your team?” CANT WAIT!!

  58. cup1981 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Lets the whine-fest commence for Jets fans. Whaaa referees whaaaaaa… there is nothing to complain about, so good luck finding one.

    In all honesty though great game by the Jets and Steelers. Jets adjusted very well in the second half, just could quite catch up. The better team won, but the Jets are close…

    GO STEELERS!!!!

  59. rkl115 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Native Pittsburgher and life-long Steelers fan. Hats off to Sanchez, Rex Ryan, and the Jets. Tremendous guts. Just wasn’t your year this year, but you have a winner there someday soon.

  60. 305phinphan says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    I don’t like to see the same teams win year in and year out BUT I wanted the Steelers to beat the Jets because they have the most ignorant fan base in all of sports. Congrats Steelers.

  61. jetters149 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    as a jets fan steelers played a good game an beat us kudos to steelers at least we beat the pats

  62. bspn2 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Just End The Season!!!

    The Jets finally got put in their place as losers and chokers in big games…again!

    Hope all of those arrogant Jets fans have a blast watching a few of their players in the Pro Bowl next weekend.

    It was great seeing Rex “Footsie” Ryan slam his headset to the ground at the end of the game. It looked like he was about to cry at the post-game press conference.

    J-E-T-S!!! Suck! Suck! Suck!

  63. satchboogie69 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Mothers and Daughters of Dallas, be on the watch. Mothers keep your daughters locked up and ladies stay away from the clubs for the next two weeks.

    Ben Roethlisberger, the serial sexual assaulter is coming to town.

    I am sure all the stores in Dallas will be stocking the shelves with mace this week as sells will be through the roof with ladies wanting to protect themselves from Ben.

  64. dieharddolfan6493 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:33 PM

    Sexy Rexy is superbowl boud =) he has a seat right next to Tony and Bill

  65. freedomispopular says: Jan 23, 2011 10:33 PM

    Are the Jets turning into the new Eagles?

  66. gcsuk says: Jan 23, 2011 10:33 PM

    As a football fan who’s been annoyed all season by Rex Ryan and the Jets mouthing and braggadocio, I was happy to see them come up short. The sight of Rex throwing down his headset on the sideline like brat who isn’t getting his way was priceless.

    Here’s to a great Super Bowl. Not a fan of either team in, just like good clean football.

  67. devoe1129 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    I know atleast one Jets fan that won’t be crying tonight, I think he was wearing a Sanchez jersey on a sled.

  68. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    I blame the steelers win on the refs. They will get packed by Green Bay in the super bowl.

  69. jetters149 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    as they say defence wins championships

  70. geezohman says: Jan 23, 2011 10:36 PM

    Ryan should have known better bragging going to the Super Bowl…

    no one ever knows the outcome of a game… it did get his players up for the game…

    live by the sword, die by the sword…

    Notice Tomlin was smart.. he learned last year about his ‘talking’… saying his team would unleash hell’…

    He kept his mouth shut and just let it play out.

    But Tomlin needs to get the team head in the game at half time…

    Steelers never ‘kill’ a team. We had them on the ‘ropes’ and couldn’t deliver the knock out blow !

  71. lusdawg says: Jan 23, 2011 10:37 PM

    Pop that champagne JETS! It will make the plane ride home (without the Lamar Hunt) a little easier! (previously posted in the last thread)

  72. mrplow3 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:37 PM

    I’m no Steelers fan. But Big Ben’s performance was a thousand times better than his stats indicate.

    You should probably acknowledge that.

  73. thirdngoal says: Jan 23, 2011 10:37 PM

    Great first half by the Steelers but they came out flat and they should have known the Jets would pass on their secondary. This is their weakness and the Packers will attack here also. Coach Lebeau needs to be ready for the in SB XLV.

  74. mborz says: Jan 23, 2011 10:38 PM

    Congrats to the Jets for a great game.

  75. skinsball says: Jan 23, 2011 10:38 PM

    Did anyone see Medenhall hump Roethlisburger after the first kneeldown? Odd way to celebrate…

  76. fancyleague says: Jan 23, 2011 10:38 PM

    Heath Miller makes a huge catch at the end to help seal the win.

  77. da11ascowboys says: Jan 23, 2011 10:38 PM

    Rodgers would have completed that comeback.. ;) just so you know.

  78. thatmulekicks says: Jan 23, 2011 10:39 PM

    Its amazing how critical the center position is. Legursky was not awful but he wasn’t great and muffed a couple of snaps. Also, the pass blocking really stepped down a notch with Maurice out.

    Some tepid play calling in the second half made it clsoer than it needed to be but that was such a dominant first half, who cares.

    I thought that I hated Buddy Ryan more than any other coach in the history of football. His obese son is a close second. That post game conference was a joke. If this would happened and if we could have done that….yeah, and if you would have scored 25 points you may have won. Hey, you were the 6th seed. You snuck into the playoffs and you had to play on the road. The Steelers did it in 2005 and won the SB. I guess that you aren’t the team of destiny taht you thought you were.

    Now go eat a crispy cream or 12 and shut up foot freak.

  79. whackman says: Jan 23, 2011 10:39 PM

    It is so great for the Steelers to put the trash talkers out in the garbage and shut up that loudmouth bozo from NY…

  80. dirtybird06 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:39 PM

    The game was never as close as the score intimates in my opinion.

  81. nutsacjac says: Jan 23, 2011 10:40 PM

    What a disaster for the Jets; zero urgency in the 4th quarter. Down 12 with 6 mins left in the game and you’re taking the playclock down to 1 every huddle?

    Andy Reid thinks Rex Ryan needs clock management lessons.

  82. SteelTown6 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:40 PM

    So how was the champagne guys?

  83. pattunya says: Jan 23, 2011 10:40 PM

    Hey Roethlisberger, This Pats fan says “beers on me”. I’ll let you date my sister too!

  84. zimrie says: Jan 23, 2011 10:40 PM

    So long Rex and the Jets , great tantrum act during the victory formation downs

  85. hazelmn says: Jan 23, 2011 10:41 PM

    I can’t imagine any scenario other than the Steelers winning this Superbowl. They are an incredibly well-balanced team.

  86. eddddddd says: Jan 23, 2011 10:42 PM

    Maybe Sanchez should have wiped a booger on Roethlisberger?

  87. dotnukem says: Jan 23, 2011 10:42 PM

    Win or lose I’m a TRUE Jets fan all F’n day.. we went to Indy and conquered Peyton, we smashed Brady in his own dollhouse.. and we lost, in a competitive game, to the meanest D in the league.. (not to mention Roofieberger seems to break out of every sack attempt ever) all with a young QB who wouldn’t even be a senior yet if he was still in college.. (4-2 in the playoffs, back to back AFC champ games..) Congrats Steelers.. I hate you guys but ya won fair and square in a true tale of two halves.. Cheers to a good season Jets fans.. all you haters eat dirt

  88. flash1283 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:42 PM

    By by fat man and all those dumbass jet fans!!!

  89. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 23, 2011 10:43 PM

    Somewhere Bart Scott is badmouthing Steelers players, Cromartie is agreeing, and Rex is demanding they keep playing until the Jets win.

  90. 0marooney says: Jan 23, 2011 10:43 PM

    Great win by the team. Good fight put up by the Jets in the second half. Just hoping Markice Pouncey is alright, he deserves to play in the Super Bowl.

  91. jcupach says: Jan 23, 2011 10:44 PM

    I really got to question the playcalling of the Jets when they were on the one yard line. There had to be some better play than those quick passes.

  92. thetooloftools says: Jan 23, 2011 10:45 PM

    Pass The Iron City Beer Bitches !

  93. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 23, 2011 10:47 PM

    I don’t even care if the Steelers win the SB now, the season was worth it just getting to see the Jets and their fans finally STFU.

  94. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:47 PM

    All season long we doubted the Jets, including me. We were sure it would be an implosion on a grand scale. It took 18 games to get there but they finally caved. Well, for a half anyway. Have to hand it to Sexy Rexy and his merry band of trash talking, hip swagging, foot loving, ham fisted (yes, pun intended), booger wiping, trailer trash from New Yawrk city, yee haw! They were good. They were real good. That win over the Patriots was a great one and Rex showed he is for real by demonstrating how fallible Brady was tom his team prior tothat game. And they showed they had juice and big ones in this game by coming back from one of the most brutal halves seen in football (almost as bad as the second half egg laying the Ratbirds hung up last week).

    But it all ended the way it started. With Rex laying f-bombs. And irony of all ironies, since the key series might have been the goal line stand, you could say Sexy Rexy and his boys lost by a foot.

    Now, we are finally done with all those big talking Jets fans. Maybe next year you can add to your growing legacy as losers in the AFC championship game. In case you didn’t notice your team is now 0 for 4 in the 40 odd years since Namath’s historic win. Nice history you have there. The Steelers are 3 for 4 in Big Ben’s career alone and are now tied with the Cowboys for most SB appearances ever.

    Win or lose it will be a good one. Either we get our seventh or Rodgers gets his first or as many as that great pretender, Brett Favre, has. The good news for the Jets is some get to go to the Pro Bowl, which is like the Lingerie Bowl, except the players are uglier and more fully clothed. Game is about as meaningful though.

  95. sixburghsteelers says: Jan 23, 2011 10:48 PM

    I guess I may have to change my username now… :)

  96. dolphins4 says: Jan 23, 2011 10:51 PM

    USC QBs are all the same they all suck.

  97. scytherius says: Jan 23, 2011 10:53 PM

    Hell of a game both teams. I love it when a team is on their heals (Jets) and they simply refuse to fold. That’s what makes the NFL great.

    Gonna be a HELL of a Super Bowl!!

  98. j0esixpack says: Jan 23, 2011 10:55 PM

    Soon to be Chumps

    Now Chumps

  99. hawkapalooza says: Jan 23, 2011 11:00 PM

    very entertaining game

  100. miketomlinssteelers10 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:00 PM

    AND BOOM! GOES THE DYNOMITE!!!!

  101. igottz5onit says: Jan 23, 2011 11:01 PM

    Hey but honestly if the Steelers had lost, it would ha e fallen squarely on Arians’ shoulders. Terrible playcalling in the second half.

  102. tacoslinger619 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:02 PM

    L.T. played better against the Pats in 07,Ha ha ha
    Now the excuses begin!

  103. Deb says: Jan 23, 2011 11:07 PM

    Yesssssssssss!!!!!!!!!! to our win!!!!!!!!!!!

    Our first-half running game was delicious!! My kind of football :) It didn’t finish pretty, but only the W matters. Some of Roethlisberger’s ineffectiveness can be chalked up to Pouncey’s absence. If he’d been in the game, the muff that caused the safety wouldn’t have happened–and the Jets wouldn’t have gotten the ball back in good field position, which led to another score. I pray Pouncey’s injury isn’t as devastating as it appeared to be. Ben made a couple of bad pass decisions, but he also had some good runs, and when the game was on the line, he did what was needed to secure the win.

    Steeler D … can you feel the love tonight??? :)

    Major props to Mark Sanchez. The guy doesn’t quit and has a lot of poise under pressure. Thought he was extremely impressive and had some nice throws. Congrats to the Jets for two consecutive strong playoff runs.

  104. neverend1 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:10 PM

    haha poor jets

    beating on a colts team that lacks talent and is very banged up. the only winning team besides new england that the jets beat was pittsburgh, and that was without heath miller and polamalu. Now that they’re healthy we see a different final score. Jets team is good, but not great. Now they have a CRAP load of free agents to sign, ouch!

    They aren’t a very athletic defense which was exposed by mendall’s great short area quickness and burst. Outside of revis, the secondary is OK. Offensive line doesn’t pass protect very well and the jets’ receivers are hot and cold. They also have zero pass rush. Just a good, but not great team. Most of their success is scheme, not talent anyway. Given the new-look of the team next year you can argue they won’t be in this position again. Oh well jets fans!

  105. therealjcannon says: Jan 23, 2011 11:15 PM

    Go STEELERS! Blacka and Yellow, Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow

  106. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jan 23, 2011 11:15 PM

    Bring back the Pop Rocks!

  107. pattunya says: Jan 23, 2011 11:16 PM

    DE-FEET!!!

  108. stixzidinia says: Jan 23, 2011 11:18 PM

    What Ben did tonight on that last drive is what Manning and Brady are unable to do…..make something out of nothing. And behind our porous line i’ll take Ben over any QB in the league.

    Stairway to Seven! One more!

  109. joerevs300 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:21 PM

    Time for Steeler fans to take the Stairway to Seven. :) In Dallas.

    What could be better? Maybe winning a SB in Baltimore?

  110. richm2256 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:24 PM

    Deb:
    Major props to Mark Sanchez. The guy doesn’t quit and has a lot of poise under pressure. Thought he was extremely impressive and had some nice throws.
    ———————————————————
    Were we watching the same game?

    No need to build Sanchez up to make the Steelers win look better.Take away a couple of good throws and Sanchez looked awful, as always; under-throwing, over-throwing, he looks positively lost out there.

    Roethlisberger in the second half didn’t look any better than Brady or Manning in their games, thank God he did enough in the first half to win. Give him credit though for hitting that first down when he HAD to have it.

    I’ll say this about him: there isn’t a better quarterback in the league at succeeding when he’s flushed out of the pocket, and dude made a couple of runs that Tom Brady only WISHED he could make. However, other QBs are good enough to not GET flushed out of the pocket, or need to run with the ball.

    Plus, he’s a recovering sexual predator.

    Other than that, he’s okay.

  111. grs27 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:31 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I would like to tip my hat to the Jets for a great game and effort. Beating the Patriots and Colts is something to be proud of, and is probably why the Steelers are playing int the Super Bowl.
    Now it’s time to go to Dallas and win a Super Bowl on
    the Cowboys home turf!

  112. sycl0ps says: Jan 23, 2011 11:42 PM

    I guess Rex put his foot in his mouth again with his Superbowl prediction.

  113. tbssic says: Jan 24, 2011 12:02 AM

    Thanks dotnukem…. You and the Jets got guts……
    You sure don’t sound like any of the loud mouths that recently departed this site…

  114. patsfiend says: Jan 24, 2011 12:39 AM

    At least Jets fans can wear their AFC East Champions hats and shirts… oh, wait a minute…

  115. Deb says: Jan 24, 2011 12:55 AM

    @richm2256 …

    Didn’t build up Sanchez to make the Steelers look better; not my style. Besides, the Steelers looked far better in the first half when Sanchez and the Jets were scoreless. As always, said what I think: Despite his relative inexperience, Sanchez was admirably fearless in managing that comeback. And his pass to Holmes, taking advantage of Ike’s stumble, was beautifully executed.

    Yes, I could have just rubbed in their loss, but that’s not my style, either. Win or lose, I try to be a good sport. Not surprised you don’t get it.

  116. freddieizzyb says: Jan 24, 2011 1:04 AM

    kom2k10 says:
    Jan 23, 2011 10:21 PM
    I’m tired of hearing about Big Ben as a big time clutch QB. This team went 3-1 without him. Any halfway competent QB can win with this team. Last year when he didn’t have an elite defense, they missed the playoffs!!

    I understand winning games isn’t all about stats, but so far he’s won a SuperBowl by completing 9/23 passes for 123 yards, 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s. And now he just won an AFC championship going 10/19 for 133 yds, 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s.

    Winning playoff games isn’t about having a “clutch” QB. It’s the same as it ever was. Whoever can run the ball, stop the run, and play good D wins it. Both championships games had very little to do w/ QB play…

    ————————————————–

    keep telling yourself that, less and less people are believing it now. Ay=t least people who watch football. I will say, he didnt fo much the 1st time we beat the seahawks. But, he LED us down the field to beat Arizona, and a clock mgr qb would have just handed off tonight on 3rd and 4. Instead, he is CLUTCH AGAIN, when we needed him. You can hate the steelers, and Big Ben all you want, but the guy is a winner PERIOD! Funny, all the GREAT qbs will be watching Ben play AGAIN! love it!

  117. dotnukem says: Jan 24, 2011 1:54 AM

    @tbssic thanks guy. Good game

  118. 3yrsnfl says: Jan 24, 2011 2:15 AM

    In New York, It’s all about the entertainment. The Jets knocked the Yankees off the back page. Nobody even remembers the Giants. I can’t believe all the posts on here STILL talking about the NY Jets! Keep watching. Keep talking. Keep the Jets in the headlines. Feel free to comment.

    You might as well by a PSL, because you know your going to be watching.

  119. cup1981 says: Jan 24, 2011 2:51 AM

    devoe1129 says:
    Jan 23, 2011 10:34 PM
    I know atleast one Jets fan that won’t be crying tonight, I think he was wearing a Sanchez jersey on a sled.

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    Dude, seriously… That is just insensitive and flat out moronic. Making a joke at someone who died while celebrating a Jets victory last week. You should be ashamed!

    Go Steelers!!

  120. slickster35 says: Jan 24, 2011 3:01 AM

    Thanks Steelers for taking out the trash.

  121. blackngoldmachine says: Jan 24, 2011 7:22 AM

    hey Rex…how’s the agony of “da-feet”?
    hey new yawkas…..where u at you loud mouth, tuff tulkin dueches! I gues that was it for you. You will never see an AFC championship game again next year or the year after that.

    Are we bored Steeler Nation? Hell NO!

    GO STEELERS!

  122. steeelfann says: Jan 24, 2011 8:07 AM

    In all seriousness, if the Steelers don’t take the foot off the gas pedal and if keep defensive pressure and stay out of prevent, it might have been 45-10. Steelers always do that stuff, that is their MO.

  123. steeelfann says: Jan 24, 2011 8:09 AM

    The most beautiful moment came when Tomlin went for the final nail in the coffin with passes as oppposed to Cowher ball. It was a thing of awesome beauty when Big Ben passed to Heath Miller and again, to Antonio Brown. If Cowher was there, Mendenhall would have went right into 9 Jets for a one yard loss and the Steelers would have punted.

  124. boothisman says: Jan 24, 2011 8:09 AM

    Say what you will about Sanchez, but at least he didn’t bail out of the game when it got ugly like a certain qb in Chicago..

    GO STEELERS!

  125. steeelfann says: Jan 24, 2011 8:15 AM

    I wonder if the Jets fans realize we played mos of the game with 3 offensive line starters out? I wonder if the media remembers?

  126. steeelfann says: Jan 24, 2011 8:27 AM

    Wallace dusted Revis in that play in the first half. Ben underthrew sure touchdown.

    Ben also missed Heath Miller to left side for sure touchdown, overthrew him by a hair.

    But Ben, as Ben usually does, was Mr. Clutch. Get on Ben’s shoulders and he will lead.

    PS: Throw it earlier Ben, Mike will get there.

  127. pittsixtimechamp says: Jan 24, 2011 8:50 AM

    “Slow start to the quarterback play killed the jets today. So much for sanchise. I look for the jets to go after another quarterback in this years draft, may I say cam newton? Remind a little of big Ben on the physical side, something sanchise don’t quite have! Better luck next year coach Ryan!!”

    New QB?? It’s his 2nd year! He made the AFC Championship in both years. Why don’t ya set your expectations a little higher? Oh and what about the 100 missed Jets tackles? Should they replace the defense too? You give Fan Opinion a bad name.

  128. infectorman says: Jan 24, 2011 9:18 AM

    way to come up big LT-mouth!

    9 carries for 16 yards, thats some serious big-game production for a man destined to get to and win the big one. FRAUD!
    Sexy Rexy, you were bamboozled into sigining this guy who diappeared in the 2nd half of the year, and pulled a Bart SCott in the most important game of his career…
    Maybe the not-Yets felt too much pressure to live up to the trumped up billing their Coach has been spewing all year long!!!
    Dem some big shoes to fill REx!

  129. urworstnitemare58 says: Jan 24, 2011 9:28 AM

    Pouncey going down is what gave the Jets a chance. This game would have been a blow out if not for that, The guy filling in for him was a sift right to Ben and he could not open holes for Mendenhall, plus the two bad snaps.
    My hats off to the Jets though as they are a good team and entertaining to watch. But up till yesterday I was enjoyed listening to Ryan as I felt he is a real players coach. That was until his press conference. This toe lapper is a poor loser and would give no credit to the better team on Sunday. Go Steelers.

  130. godellgetalife says: Jan 24, 2011 10:40 AM

    same old jets, 42 years & counting

  131. mike32303 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:01 AM

    @dotnukem

    hey so glad ur a jets fan all f’kn day.. must be devastating that you havent won a superbowl since Vietnam.. ur coach and players represent everything about your fan base.. A bunch of loudmouth punks who talk trash and then get beat when it matters most. You beat a NE team with an entire rookie defense who will now be a year older and the pats have probably the best draft selections in years.. so basically your team didnt win the division, the conference, or the superbowl this year.. congrats on accomplishing nothing… can not wait to watch this team fall on their face next year

  132. holeinone09 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:57 AM

    Congrats to the Steelers and Steeler Nation! We are used to playing in close games, so having that big lead was unusal and probably resulted in Steelers easing off a bit. Defense was awesome! Right off the bat, Steelers smacked the Jets in the mouth with a big running game, as Rashard ran like a bull. Jets no doubt have a great pass defense which limited Ben just like they did to Manning and Brady. But the big thing was, the couldn’t stop Ben from being Ben, extending plays, etc. That is something the others can’t do, and what makes Ben the winner that he is.

    The Jets should have shut their mouths during the week but they couldn’t. Now they are home.

    But I do agree with them on one thing. THE CHAMPAGNE WAS ON ICE, BUT FOR THE STEELERS!

    GO STEELERS!! Super Bowl Trophy coming right up!

  133. olcap says: Jan 24, 2011 12:17 PM

    This game was ridiculous, in that, the second half wasn’t so much the Jets coming back; it was the fact that the Steelers basically played prevent defense the last Jet drive before halftime (the field goal), and the entire second half, excluding, of course, a few blitzes here and there.

  134. nickster2k says: Jan 24, 2011 4:07 PM

    Rodgers would have completed that comeback.. just so you know.

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

    would have been difficult considering the Jets offense never got the ball back.

    Gutsy call for the Steelers to throw twice on that final drive and clutch throws by Roethlisberger on both of them!

  135. nickster2k says: Jan 24, 2011 4:20 PM

    kom2k10 says:
    Jan 23, 2011 10:21 PM
    I’m tired of hearing about Big Ben as a big time clutch QB. This team went 3-1 without him. Any halfway competent QB can win with this team. Last year when he didn’t have an elite defense, they missed the playoffs!!

    I understand winning games isn’t all about stats, but so far he’s won a SuperBowl by completing 9/23 passes for 123 yards, 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s. And now he just won an AFC championship going 10/19 for 133 yds, 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s.

    Winning playoff games isn’t about having a “clutch” QB. It’s the same as it ever was. Whoever can run the ball, stop the run, and play good D wins it. Both championships games had very little to do w/ QB play…

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

    You don’t watch much football do you?

    Big Ben is a huge reason for the Steelers’ success. They had great running games and great defenses for years with Cowher– but they couldn’t win a SB until Ben came along. And by the way, he had 3 fantastic playoff games leading up to SB 40 and probably the most clutch performance in SB history in SB 43.

    The Steelers D is great– but they wouldn’t be winning Superbowls without Roethlisberger.

  136. jc1958coo says: Jan 24, 2011 9:00 PM

    jets-steelers sure was a good game for 2nd place!
    packers 31-24

  137. masteel says: Jan 25, 2011 2:51 PM

    Ok ….Super Bowl time.

    Lets all hope for;
    Pouncey to be healthy – and play in SB. It’s only fair since he has been such a great addition to the Steelers team, and did wonders for the running game.

    Aaron Smith to finally get on the field, albeit in a limited capacity since Ziggy is coming into his own and the D Line has stepped up BIG.

    Troy getting a proper rest – 2 weeks straight so he can rest his achilles, I feel he is due for a BIG performance in this game. Since it’s obvious he hasn’t been able to plant his feet and really explode on the play, opponent, or ball during the past two playoff games. He has played well but not great like we know he can.

    And please Def. Coor. LeBeau – you must bring a few new wrinkles to the pressure & coverage schemes. Rodgers is playing with a lot of confidence and he will be slinging the ball – with some exceptional receivers running routes. Our LB’s gotta crash the pocket – and our DB’s must jam and press coverage. Rodgers passes are on the money overall – and their receivers have some tough hands to make catches.

    LETS GO Steelers !!!!

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