Monday, January 24, 2011

Steelers 24, Jets 19

Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers for winning their respective Conference Championships yesterday. Two of the most storied teams in the history of the Super Bowl will meet on February 6th down in Arlington, TX.

I would have preferred my Jets but they had no answer to the Steelers in the first half on either side of the ball. The Jets' defense may not have allowed the quick scoring strikes, but it yielded yards and first downs like water passing through a sieve. Time passed inexorably while that was going on and the Jets' offense could only watch from the sidelines. The Jets O didn't get the ball until 10 minutes had run off the clock. It was 24-3 at half only because the Jets got a field goal with 9 seconds left.

The second half was what I had wanted to see from the National Anthem. The Jets managed to march up and down the field, completed a couple of beautiful long passes, and crossed the goal line twice. On defense they scored a safety and, contained and sacked Roethlisberger and shut down Pittsburgh's scoring attack. In short, the Jets came up with answers, but it was too late. They lost the first half 24-3, won the second half 16-0. The Jets either gave up too much too soon, or had too little too late. In either case, it spells the end of the season for the Green and White.

From a comment on the CBS story thread:
Our Father, Who Art in Pittsburgh,
Football Be Thy Game.
Thy Kingdom Come, Six Super Bowls Won,
On Earth as it is in Heinz Field.
Give us this Day a Playoff Victory,
And Forgive Us our Penalties,
As We Defeat those who Play Against Us.
But Lead Us into a Victory, And Deliver Us to Texas!

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