The Steelers beat the Jets on Sunday 31-13 in Pittsburgh. It started out tight but the Steelers came back and took off for a strong win against a solid opponent.
The Steelers showed a lot to like Sunday afternoon. They had a decisive win against a solid opponent. It also involved what was technically a comeback after being down by six points. Sammie Coates has solidified himself as a serious deep threat and both the defense and offensive lines, despite injuries, continue to make strong showings.
The Jets got off to a decent start. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a couple strong passes. Matt Forte had a solid 8 yard run. Then Ross Cockrell got a pass interference. The Jets just got into the redzone but stalled out and settled for a field goal. 0-3, Jets up.
The Steelers answered fast. Sammie Coates went for a 72 yard touchdown. 7-3, Steelers up.
The Jets got the ball back. They got near midfield but had to punt the ball to the Steelers. Bell and Brown got the Steelers back to midfield but a holding penalty kept them out of range of another 1st down. They punted back to the Jets.
The Jets started off the 2nd quarter strong when Matt Forte broke away for a 28 yard run. They got another first down and then Anthony Chickillo got his first career sack. They clawed back within 2 yards of the marker but couldn’t make it. They did get a field goal though. 7-6 Steelers still up.
The Steelers got the ball back and marched up the field, largely on the feet and hands of Le’Veon Bell. Unfortunately, despite Jesse James getting within 2 yards themselves of a 1st down, they too didn’t make it. They too lined up in field goal formation but the result was very different. Jordan Berry took off and the result was a 3 yard loss and a fumble.
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Fitzpatrick kept that momentum going and marched down the field with some long passes to Powell, Enunwa, and Marshall. A 15 yard tipped about catch by Marshall in the endzone put seven on the board. Now the Jets were back up 7-13.
The Steelers would not go quietly into halftime though. Bell took a couple runs and got to the first down. Then Brown and Bell took a couple of passes for first downs. Xavier Grimble had 11 yards. Sammie Coates got one for 19 yards. The Steelers were within 3 and for some reason they didn’t run the ball. Eventually Jesse James caught the touchdown pass and the Steelers took the lead back 14-13.
The Steelers started off the second half with a 16 yard pass to Brown but finished the drive with a punt. The Jets gave the ball back quickly after a Timmons and Moats combined for a sack on Fitzpatrick. Brown returned the punt 33 yards but a sudden tackle kept him from the endzone.
The Steelers went three and out but the defense and Browns punt return kept them in good enough field position to get a field goal out of it. This put the Steelers up 17-13.
The Jets took the ball back and didn’t do much with it, punting pretty quickly. The Steelers did the same thing. 1, 2, 3, punt. When the Jets got the ball back they did a little better. They got a few first downs, nothing spectacular but then they had to punt.
Then something clicked and the Steelers started to pull away. Jesse James took a 14 yard pass. Le’Veon Bell took it for 11, then again for 11, then for 6. Then Sammie Coates got it for 22 yards. Everyone gets a turn. Brown would come next.
Brown caught a 5 yard touchdown pass to start the 4th quarter. The Steelers were now up 24-13.
When the Jets got it back they came very close to a first down and despite a challenge, they ultimately fell short.
The Steelers came out confident again. Jesse James caught a 13 yard pass. Brown caught a 16 yard pass. Wheaton got 13 of his own. The promising drive finished with a sack and a fumble unfortunately, one the Steelers did not recover.
Monkey see, monkey do. The Jets also started off the drive well. A 19 yard pass to Brandon Marshall. Then Vince Williams got a sack. Then shortly after was a punt.
The Steelers final drive would be the final one necessary. Le’Veon Bell ran for 16 yards, then for 8. Then Coates joined in and caught a few first down passes aided by Bell runs. Brown scored a pass interference penalty. Jesse James took it into the redzone. Brown brought it within 7 yards. Then Coates got himself another touchdown for 5 yards. That makes it 31-13.
The Jets had 1:46 to score 18 points. They didn’t. The Steelers won. Roethlisberger had 380 yards and 4 touchdowns. Coates had 139 and 2 touchdowns. The Steelers played good defense and showed some pass rush again. A lot to like for Steelers fans.
Mike Tomlin reiterated, in his press conference, something he said earlier this week, he said the Jets game, “will be a game that will define us.” If that’s true, the Steelers are a tough squad with a dynamite offense that doesn’t get shaken.
All stats via NFL.com