Pittsburgh 24, N.Y. Jets 19

Sunday, January 23, 2011 6:30 PM
WHEN: 6:30 PM EST, Sunday, January 23, 2011
WHERE: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TEMPERATURE: 17°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Ed Hochuli
ATTENDANCE: 66662

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
N.Y. Jets 0 3 7 9 19
Pittsburgh 7 17 0 0 24

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
N.Y. Jets 11-5 5-3 6-2 L1
Pittsburgh 12-4 5-3 7-1 W4

Recap

The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed to another Super Bowl - but not before the New York Jets made them sweat.

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown and the Steelers withstood a furious second-half comeback to outlast the Jets 24-19 on Sunday at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.

The Steelers (14-4) advanced to Super Bowl XLV to face the Green Bay Packers on Feb. 6. It is the franchise's eighth Super Bowl appearance - tying Dallas for the most all-time - and third in six years.

Pittsburgh scored the game's first 24 points and appeared on the way to a lopsided rout in taking a 24-3 lead into halftime.

Instead, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needed to complete a pair of critical completions in the final three minutes to finally subdue the Jets, who scored 19 unanswered points and had pulled within 24-19 on Mark Sanchez's 4-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery with 3:06 to play.

Roethlisberger finished 10 of 19 for 133 yards and two interceptions. He also ran for a second-quarter touchdown as the Steelers avenged a 22-17 home loss to New York in Week 15.

Sanchez threw for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 45-yarder to ex-Steeler Santonio Holmes early in the third quarter to trigger the comeback by the Jets (13-6), who lost in the conference title game for the second consecutive season.

Pittsburgh's defense came up with a huge goal-line stand midway through the fourth quarter, turning the Jets away on three straight plays at the 1-yard line.

But on the next play, a botched snap in the end zone led to a Jets safely and cut the deficit to 24-12. The Jets also had a safety to cap the scoring in the regular-season meeting.

The Steelers dominated from the opening kickoff and seized control with two late touchdowns in a 47-second span for a 24-3 halftime lead.

Pittsburgh ate up more than nine minutes on its first possession to go 66 yards and 15 plays. Mendenhall capped the drive with a 1-yard run.

After a 20-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham made it 10-0, Roethlisberger ran in from 2 yards out to pad the lead to 17-0 with 2:00 left in the half.

The Steelers' defense extended the margin when a blitzing Ike Taylor blasted Sanchez from behind, jarring the ball loose. William Gay scooped up the fumble and returned it 19 yards to make it 24-0.

Sanchez finally got New York's offense untracked and moved the Jets into position for Nick Folk's 42-yard field goal with 9 seconds left.

Mendenhall rushed for 95 yards as the Steelers outgained New York 136-1 and held the ball for 21 minutes, 4 seconds in the first 30 minutes.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
N.Y. Jets   Pittsburgh
Shonn Greene Player Rashard Mendenhall
9 Attempts 27
52 Yards 121
5.8 Avg Yards 4.5
0 Touchdowns 1
23 Long 35
Receiving
N.Y. Jets   Pittsburgh
Dustin Keller Player Heath Miller
8 Receptions 2
64 Yards 38
8.0 Avg Yards 19.0
0 Touchdowns 0
19 Long 24

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
N.Y. Jets 289 70 219 2 1 2 2.0 0
Pittsburgh 287 166 121 3 1 0 2.0 1
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