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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.

For more on this game visit Gang Green Nation and Behind The Steel Curtain.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.