January 23, 2011
AFC Championship Game
Steelers 24, New York Jets 19
Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who would be the key to the Steelers’ offense all day, got the Steelers on the board first with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But there was bad news too when center
“The offensive line has done a great job all year,” said Mendenhall after the game. “Guys have been going down. Guys had to step up. They controlled the line of scrimmage all day today. Our run game has been successful all year. It just says a lot about those guys.”
The Steelers lead grew in the second quarter after a
The Jets got on the board late in the half with a field goal, sending a confident Steelers team into the locker room up 24-3 at the half.
Things changed in the second half when it was the Jets who caught fire. The Jets got the ball to start the second half and drove 90 yards on five plays that was capped by a 45-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to former Steelers’ receiver Santonio Holmes to close the gap to 24-10. The Jets got a safety when Roethlisberger fumbled the snap from center
The Steelers got the ball back with 3:09 on the clock and did what they needed to, moving the chains twice before Roethlisberger was able to end the game by taking a knee three times for the win.