STEELERS 19, N.Y. JETS 6
Steelers’ record: 1-4
One year ago: 2-3
Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 19-4
Whenever a team gets to 0-4, especially a team unaccustomed to losing, there is a tendency for a “here we go again” mentality to take hold at the first sign of adversity. Coach Mike Tomlin is aware of that and saw it as a factor heading into the game against the Jets. “We have to have unwavering belief in the midst of the adversity that happens in every football game. Sometimes when you’re 0-4, you’re capable of wearing adversity differently. We can’t wear it differently. We can’t carry bags into the stadium. Regardless of what happens, you recognize there’s going to be a little bit of adversity in 60 minute football games.”
It was a third-and-1, a running situation for a team looking for its first victory of the season. But off play-action,
STAT THAT STANDS OUT
* When Suisham connected on his fourth field goal of the day, he had made 42 of his last 43 attempts inside 50 yards out.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
* On a first-and-15 from the Pittsburgh 5-yard line, DE Muhammad Wilkerson beat LT
* On the possession following Mesko’s punt, the Jets drove to a first down at the Steelers’ 11-yard line, and then faced a third-and-1 at the 2-yard line.
* The ebb and flow of an NFL game. A holding penalty on Kelvin Beachum went a long way toward putting the Steelers into a third-and-15 hole from their 27-yard line, but
* The Jets possession following Suisham’s field goal was ended by a 10-yard sack by
* When Shaun Suisham kicked a 48-yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the first half to make it 9-3, that six-point margin represented the Steelers’ largest lead of the regular season.
* After the Steelers defense pitched a three-and-out to open the second half, the offense took the punt and gained 9 yards on two runs to set up a third-and-one at the 45-yard line. Using play-action to spring Emmanuel Sanders free in the secondary, Ben Roethlisberger lofted a perfect pass to complete the 55-yard touchdown that gave the Steelers a 16-6 lead less than three minutes into the second half.
* Punting from his own 27-yard line midway through the third quarter, Zoltan Mesko didn’t get off a boomer, but gunner
* Two snaps after he missed a tackle on Jets RB Mike Woodson on an 18-yard run,
WHAT WENT WRONG
* It started going badly even before the game began.
* With the game tied, 3-3, the Steelers were facing a third-and-7 from the Jets 15-yard line. Under heavy pressure from OLB Quinton Coples, Ben Roethlisberger rifled a back-shoulder pass to Antonio Brown close to the pylon just across the goal-line. Brown, covered by Antonio Cromartie, couldn’t hold onto the pass, and the Steelers settled for a field goal.
* Owning a 9-3 lead – their largest of the season – with 45 seconds remaining, the Steelers defense allowed the Jets to drive 51 yards in seven plays with the possession ending with a 39-yard field goal that made it 9-6 at halftime.
* The Steelers defense forced the Jets to punt with 4:11 left in the third period, but instead of the offense starting its possession close to the 35-yard line, an illegal block penalty on
* Early in the fourth quarter, a second-and-goal from the Jets’ 5-yard line became a second-and-goal from the 15-yard line as the result of a holding penalty on Kelvin Beachum.
* It was a third-and-3 late enough in the fourth quarter of a game the Steelers were leading by 19-3, a time in the game when a third-down conversion could have milked a couple of precious minutes off the clock. But Muhammad Wilkerson got away from