2010 AFC Championship Steelers 24 vs Jets 19
January 23, 2011
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2010 AFC Championship Steelers 24 vs Jets 19

The Steelers bring down the Jets with an overwhelming show of force in the first half, then hang on to win in the second half en route to their 3rd Super Bowl in 6 years.

Pittsburgh sets the tone early with a grinding 15-play, 9-minute opening drive capped by a 1-yd Mendenhall TD plunge. The Steelers soon add a 20-yd Suisham FG after a drive in which all 60 yds come on the ground. On their next possession, the Steelers attack through the air, gaining 58 of their 66 yds passing and taking a 17-0 lead on a 2-yd Roethlisberger high-stepping scoring run at the 2-minute warning. 47 seconds later, Ike Taylor comes on a corner blitz and blindsides Mark Sanchez for a sack, popping a fumble high in the air. William Gay scoops up the loose ball, picks up several blocks and races 19 yds for a TD and an insurmountable 24-0 Pittsburgh lead.

Gang Green fight back in the 2nd half but squander a golden opportunity to make it a one-possession game midway through the 4th quarter, coming up empty after a 17-play, 8 minute drive. On three chances from the 1-yd line, amid confusion on the sidelines and questionable play-calling, the Jets come up empty after Sanchez throws a pair of incompletions before Tomlinson is stuffed on 4th down. On the next play, however, Ben fumbles the snap and is caught for a safety. The Jets draw closer on a Sanchez 4-yd TD pass to Cotchery with 4:32 left. But on 3rd and 6 from the Jet 40, Roethlisberger finds Brown for 14 yds on the most important first down of the night and the Steelers go into victory formation.

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