Pittsburgh Steelers Hold Off New York Jets 24-19 To Clinch 8th Super Bowl Appearance

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Pittsburgh Steelers Hold Off New York Jets 24-19 To Clinch 8th Super Bowl Appearance

The Pittsburgh Steelers did not score a single point in the second half of the AFC Championship game but the 24 points they put up in the first half was enough as they held off a furious New York Jets rally to earn a berth in Super Bowl XLV, 24-19.

The Steelers will be making their third Super Bowl appearance in six seasons and this trip marks the eighth time they’ve reached the Super Bowl in franchise history, tying the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers are 6-1 in their previous seven Super Bowls.

The Jets faced a daunting task trailing by 24 points at halftime but they almost pulled off one of the more improbable comebacks when they cut the Steelers to five with three minutes to play. The Steelers, though, got a great kick return and were able to run out the clock.

For the first time in postseason history, the team of the 1960s (Green Bay Packers) and the team of the 1970s (Steelers) will meet. That game happens in two weeks at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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New York Jets Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Score: 24-10, Steelers Lead In 4th Quarter

After falling behind 24-0 in the second quarter, the New York Jets have fought their back into the AFC Championship game and trail the Pittsburgh Steelers by only 14, 24-10. They’ve scored 10 unanswered points, the most recent a 45-yard touchdown from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes, the former Steeler.

This game is very similar to the NFC title game from earlier today. In that game, the Packers jumped out to a lead but then struggled to add any additional points and let the Bears back in the game. The Steelers are in danger of doing that very thing unless they can get back to what was working the first half.

The Steelers were outscored in the third quarter 7-0 and haven’t scored on offense since midway through the second quarter when Ben Roethlisberger took a quarterback sneak into the endzone.

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New York Jets Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Score: 24-3, Steelers In Control In AFC Title Game

For those of you who can’t wait to know who will be playing the Super Bowl, I have some good news. After a first half that’s been about as one-sided as you could imagine, the Pittsburgh Steelers lead the New York Jets, 24-3.

The Steelers have outgained the Jets in total yards, 231 to 50 and have outrushed them an incredible 135 yards to one. Yes, the Jets have one rushing yard. Also, the Steelers are not interested in sharing the ball as they’ve held it for almost 21 minutes in the first half.

Both teams have turned it over once but the Jets turnover was far more costly when William Gay recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 24-0 lead. The Jets were able to add a field goal just before halftime to cut the lead to 21.

Time for some historical context. Teams are 1-44 all-time in the playoffs when they trail at halftime by at least 21 points. For those Jets fans out there, you’re clinging to the Frank Reich game in 1992 when he led the Buffalo Bills back to beat the Houston Oilers after trailing 28-3 at the half. That’s the one in the 1-44 record.

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New York Jets Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Score: 7-0, Steelers Leading In 2nd Quarter

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been putting on a clinic in ball control during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets. They lead 7-0 and have controlled the ball for over 10 minutes. The Steelers took the opening kickoff and moved 66 yards over 15 plays to take the first lead of the game on a one-yard touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall.

This is a tough game to root for anyone since the Jets are full of brash self-promoters and the Steelers have some unsavory characters on their 53-man roster.

The previous meeting between these two teams was a 22-17 Jets victory at Heinz Field. The winner will get to face the Green Bay Packers – who beat the Chicago Bears earlier today – in Super Bowl XLV in two weeks.

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