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Streak Over – Jets Stun Steelers 19-16 in OT

New York Jets holder Ben Graham, left, reacts after kicker Mike Nugent kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime during NFL football action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 19-16.

The New York Jets have been close many times this season, and on Sunday in the upset of the day they finally cashed in, beating the clearly underestimating Pittsburgh Steelers 19-16 in overtime at the Meadowlands. Mike Nugent kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime, coming after returner Leon Washington took back a punt 26 yards to set up the Jets in excellent field position for their game-winning drive. The Steelers played by far their worst game of the season, and one week after people were putting them on the level of the Colts and maybe even the Pats, the black and gold were beaten up by a team that had won just one game heading into Sunday’s action.

The Jets maybe played their best game of the season. They were not afraid to attack the Steelers, running the ball well, and making plays in the passing game when they had to. The defense go to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, as they had a season-high seven sacks. The Steelers could not get the running game going, and their run defense was beaten for their first 100+ yard game in over two seasons. Thomas Jones had 117 yards on 30 carries.

Trailing 16-13 late, Clemens and the Jets to marched from their own 14 all the way inside the Steelers five within the final two minutes to kick the game-tying field goal. In OT, the defense did step up a get a 3-and-out, but then went 3-and-out on their own before the punt that allowed the Jets to gain the win.

Clemens finished 14-of-31 for 162 yards and one touchdown with an interception to win for the first time in three NFL starts.  Roethlisberger finished 15-of-25 for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Steelers allowed 297 yards to a bad Jets team, while they put up just 263 yards against the leagues 30th ranked unit. This one cannot be simply pushed aside. They blew a great shot to move to 8-2, and now must face the reality that maybe they are not as good as we once thought. For the Jets, it was a great win for a team to break a six-game losing streak. They have had leads in the past, have been in position to win games, but Sunday, they finally came through.

The Jets will play on Turkey Day, as they will travel to Dallas to play the 9-1 Cowboys.


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