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.