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mesaSteeler
12-19-2010, 07:44 PM
Jets defeat Steelers, 22-17
Sunday, December 19, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10353/1112066-100.stm

A lack of discipline both on their kickoff team and in the personal foul department cost the Steelers today as the New York Jets came from behind in the second half to upset them, 22-17, at Heinz Field.

A late safety prevented the Steelers from going for a field goal to tie it on their final drive, which reached the New York 10 with nine seconds left. The game ended there on two incomplete passes into the end zone by Ben Roethlisberger.

The Jets, who had not scored a touchdown in their previous two games, struck on the opening kick of the first half when Brad Smith returned it 97 yards for a touchdown. The Steelers eventually went ahead in the third quarter but two personal fouls cost them dearly, as did several play fakes and trick plays on offense by the Jets.

There were no turnovers in the game and the Troy Polamalu-less Steelers managed just one sack on defense.

The Steelers, losing for the third time at home this season, fell to 10-4 and tumbled back into a first-place tie in the AFC North Division with Baltimore. However, should the Steelers win their final two games -- Thursday at home against Carolina and Jan. 2 at Cleveland -- they will win the division and earn the AFC's No. 2 playoff seed and the bye that goes with it in the first round.

The Jets kept on pace for a wildcard playoff berth with a 10-4 record.

The Jets took the final lead on Nick Folk's 34-yard field goal with 10:07 left. The Steelers seemingly had the Jets stopped when, on third down at the New York 46, Polamalu replacement Ryan Mundy missed a clear shot on a sack of quarterback Mark Sanchez, who then completed a 16-yard pass to Braylon Edwards to keep the scoring drive going.

New York added a two-point safety with 2:38 left when Jason Taylor tackled Mewelde Moore for a 3-yard loss in the end zone on the first play of the Steelers' series.

The Steelers snapped a 10-10 halftime lead on the first series of the third quarter when Rashard Mendenhall ran for a 1-yard touchdown, his 10th rushing this season.

But the Jets came back on their first series to tie it, 17-17. With fourth-and-one at the seven, quarterback Mark Sanchez faked a handoff in the power formation and ran around left end with no defender near him for the score. The drive was highlighted by Braylon Edwards' 15-yard catch and then a hit by safety Ryan Clark to Edwards' head, yielding another 15 yards on the roughing call. It gave the Jets a first down at the 16.

Another 15-yard personal foul stymied a good-looking drive for the Steelers late in the third quarter. Ben Roethlisberger completed a 17-yard pass to Mike Wallace for a first down at the 46. However, tackle Flozell Adams was flagged for hitting Darrelle Revis in the head after the play. The Steelers went back to their 32 and the drive died.

Matt Spaeth, starting at tight end for Heath Miller, scored his first touchdown of the season, a 9-yard pass from Roethlisberger in the first period to tie the game 7-7.

The Steelers special teams returned to those bad, old days of '09 when they allowed four kickoff returns for touchdowns. Sunday, they allowed one when Brad Smith returned the opening kickoff virtually untouched down the right sideline 97 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Jets lead.

After flirting with a score on their second series that died at the Jets' 34, the Steelers tied it midway through the second quarter. Roethlisberger hit Spaeth with a 9-yard touchdown pass on third down. It was the fourth third-down conversion of that 96-yard, 16-play drive. It also was the fifth time Roethlisberger sent a pass Spaeth's way and the first time it was completed.

The Jets, though, took a 10-7 lead on the next series that began at their 37 after a poor kickoff. The big play of the series came when Mark Sanchez hit Braylon Edwards with a 38-yard pass over Bryant McFadden to the 11.

Nick Folk kicked a 25-yard field goal to put the Jets on top 10-7.

The Steelers then tied it with 33 seconds left on the half on Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal to cap a 10-play 53-yard drive.

For more on the Steelers, read the blog, Ed Bouchette On the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com.


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IowaSteeler927
12-19-2010, 08:15 PM
I wouldn't say so much that the Jets themselves defeated the Steelers as much as the Officials and their poor officiating and judgement did.

truesteelerfan
12-19-2010, 08:23 PM
Was that a draw play that resulted in the safety? Who makes a play call like that? My Jr. High football coach knows better than to have a slow developing play in the endzone. BA has gotta go...and King Goodell needs to teach his refs to be consistent...I wonder how many of those early flags that were "picked up" were against the Jets.

IowaSteeler927
12-19-2010, 08:27 PM
That playcall was terrible. They ran a running play out of shotgun formation and pulled the left guard to the right out of their own endzone. As soon as I saw the shotgun formation I said to my girlfriend that I thought they were going to run some kind of delayed hand off and that I didn't think it was going to end well and I barely finished my sentence as Mewelde Moore got manhandled in the endzone by Jason Taylor.

There is no excuse for that playcall. In the end it didn't cost us the game but it cost us a chance to tie the game and go into overtime. Overall we should have won the game handily but when you have the referees turning a completely blind eye to Antonio Cromartie holding receivers on four separate plays you don't have much of a chance to win football games.

mesaSteeler
12-19-2010, 08:37 PM
I wouldn't say so much that the Jets themselves defeated the Steelers as much as the Officials and their poor officiating and judgement did.

Ah but every game we play we have three opponents.

1 The opposing team
2. The refs
3. Roger Goodell

IowaSteeler927
12-19-2010, 09:03 PM
Don't forget our other opponent... still bitter Seahawk fans.

TRH
12-19-2010, 09:09 PM
Ah but every game we play we have three opponents.

1 The opposing team
2. The refs
3. Roger Goodell

it's really hard to argue against that. Even a Steelers hater, if they watched the game today, couldn't really have an argument otherwise, could they?

mesaSteeler
12-19-2010, 09:25 PM
it's really hard to argue against that. Even a Steelers hater, if they watched the game today, couldn't really have an argument otherwise, could they?

Even before today's loss I've thought that the fix is in. Roger Goodell will not permit Big Ben to win a Super Bowl. It's part of Goodell's ever lasting punishment for Big Ben's transgressions for which Big Ben was never even charged.

Add to it that Steelers players had the temerity to speak out against Goodell's new version of "touch" football. It is an intolerable affront to question the Great Goddell and he will never forgive it. Personally I'm on the verge of giving up on the NFL because of Goodell's corruption of the game. It would be difficult for me to do it since I have been watching the Steelers for 46 years but I am right on the edge of doing so.

Fire Arians
12-19-2010, 09:43 PM
mesa, you're by far one of my favorite posters here, but please this kinda post shouldn't be so soon. it's like sticking a blade in my side and twisting it.

mesaSteeler
12-19-2010, 09:58 PM
mesa, you're by far one of my favorite posters here, but please this kinda post shouldn't be so soon. it's like sticking a blade in my side and twisting it.

Sorry about that. I'm not happy to be so depressive. I wish I could be more optimistic but I don't believe that the Great Goodell's pride would allow him to hand the Lombardi trophy to Ben and the Steelers.

OX1947
12-19-2010, 10:07 PM
All I know is the most discipline team since i have started watching the Steelers the last 20 years, all of a sudden, have turned into a raideresque team where they average 10 penalties a game and at LEAST 1 personal foul penalty a game. And on top of that, apparently you can grab a receiver on the Steelers or hold linebackers and not call a pass interference or a holding.

This season is the first season in my NFL watching life where i feel NOTHING for football. From the 500 ****ing commercials during each break to the whoring of every freaking product known to man and every single tackle looked on a a possible illegal play, I am seriously fed up with all of it. If I didn't love the Steelers so much, i would NEVER watch the NFL as long as this commissioner is on top and as long I'm continuing to watch commercials with bits and pieces of a football game.

jamesharrisonst
12-19-2010, 10:09 PM
Lets Face it We are 1-3 Vs AFC Playoff teams. Ravens, Pats, Jets .
We r 2-4 vs playoff teams including falcolns and saints. Really, the two wins were barely. We need to play these last two games against the Panthers and Browns to Blow them out of the water and enter the playoffs on all cylinders offensively.

We will face one or more of those three teams again and we need to play better offense.
Yes we r battleing the Refs . But just get it done !

steelerchad
12-19-2010, 10:12 PM
All I know is the most discipline team since i have started watching the Steelers the last 20 years, all of a sudden, have turned into a raideresque team where they average 10 penalties a game and at LEAST 1 personal foul penalty a game. And on top of that, apparently you can grab a receiver on the Steelers or hold linebackers and not call a pass interference or a holding.

This season is the first season in my NFL watching life where i feel NOTHING for football. From the 500 ****ing commercials during each break to the whoring of every freaking product known to man and every single tackle looked on a a possible illegal play, I am seriously fed up with all of it. If I didn't love the Steelers so much, i would NEVER watch the NFL as long as this commissioner is on top and as long I'm continuing to watch commercials with bits and pieces of a football game.

I think I'm with you on this. I'm pretty sure I'm giving up my NFL Sunday ticket after 10 straight years. I will not be selling my tickets just yet, but the Sunday ticket is not worth the money spent on it and I'll be limiting the funding I provide to the NFL in the future. I will not be buying NFL merchandise at 1000% markups. It's knockoffs for me.

mesaSteeler
12-19-2010, 10:23 PM
All I know is the most discipline team since i have started watching the Steelers the last 20 years, all of a sudden, have turned into a raideresque team where they average 10 penalties a game and at LEAST 1 personal foul penalty a game. And on top of that, apparently you can grab a receiver on the Steelers or hold linebackers and not call a pass interference or a holding.

This season is the first season in my NFL watching life where i feel NOTHING for football. From the 500 ****ing commercials during each break to the whoring of every freaking product known to man and every single tackle looked on a a possible illegal play, I am seriously fed up with all of it. If I didn't love the Steelers so much, i would NEVER watch the NFL as long as this commissioner is on top and as long I'm continuing to watch commercials with bits and pieces of a football game.

I hear you and I completely agree with you both about the Steelers, about Goodell, and the NFL product. The straw that broke the camel's back for me was when that Denver player was CHARGED with FELONY RAPE and was still allowed to play and Ben, who was not even charged, was suspended.

Goodell is utterly arbitrary and he hates the Steelers. I just don't see how we can win against this. All it takes is a few crucial calls and we will be out of playoffs. In 46 years of watching the Steelers I've never felt this hopeless going into the playoffs.

stb_steeler
12-19-2010, 11:47 PM
Even before today's loss I've thought that the fix is in. Roger Goodell will not permit Big Ben to win a Super Bowl. It's part of Goodell's ever lasting punishment for Big Ben's transgressions for which Big Ben was never even charged.

Add to it that Steelers players had the temerity to speak out against Goodell's new version of "touch" football. It is an intolerable affront to question the Great Goddell and he will never forgive it. Personally I'm on the verge of giving up on the NFL because of Goodell's corruption of the game. It would be difficult for me to do it since I have been watching the Steelers for 46 years but I am right on the edge of doing so.

Im almost with ya on this one messa.....it would be very hard to walk away from watching.
But this year the officiating is so terrible, im surprised half of us still have a working tv.

tanda10506
12-20-2010, 12:26 AM
I wouldn't say so much that the Jets themselves defeated the Steelers as much as the Officials and their poor officiating and judgement did.

Nothing new there. I remember in the NBA there was an official investigated by the feds for trying to throw games on purpose. He was found guilty and put in federal prison. Being that the NFL is a sanctioned betting game. I watched him (Tim Donahee) officiate those basketball games and it wasn't even obvious that he was trying to throw it. So how are they not catching this? My Jets fan apologized to me for the bad officiating lol, I told him no problem it wasn't bad officiating, it's personal.

IowaSteeler927
12-20-2010, 01:25 AM
Nothing new there. I remember in the NBA there was an official investigated by the feds for trying to throw games on purpose. He was found guilty and put in federal prison. Being that the NFL is a sanctioned betting game. I watched him (Tim Donahee) officiate those basketball games and it wasn't even obvious that he was trying to throw it. So how are they not catching this? My Jets fan apologized to me for the bad officiating lol, I told him no problem it wasn't bad officiating, it's personal.

These NFL Officials seem to be getting worse and worse with every passing game and I think the main reason behind that is Roger Goodell and his "player safety" rule changes. Goodell has the Officials so afraid of their own shadows that they are making personal foul calls when there clearly isn't any personal foul. Goodell himself is the living, breathing, definition of the word hypocrite. He preaches about player safety and uses his authority to change the rules to make it extremely difficult for defenses to do their jobs and yet he is trying to get the NFL to go to an 18 game season. If he was so concerned about player safety he would be against an 18 game season.

I am just getting sick and tired of watching this crap week to week. Poor officiating is killing teams all around the league and this year despite us being 10-4 it has especially hurt the Steelers.

Patriotist
12-20-2010, 01:51 AM
I am wondering how many blown calls and blatantly ignored penalties are going to occur in favor of the teams against the Steelers, before someone questions what is going on?

You know, I understand there are missed calls every now and then, but it is ridiculous that every single week after the games the head of officiating has to come out and tell us how many bad calls were thrown against the Steelers.

James Harrison was held All. Day. Long. today. Not a single call, not one. At one point, on the drive the Jets took down on their last field goal, some dude had his entire arms around him and was bear-hugging him making sure he would not get to Sanchez.

Even these offensive lineman know that the refs are being loose on calls with the Steelers, and they are openly and blatantly taking advantage.

Take a good look at the last 5 Steelers games.

Really look at them. I bet you will find more blown and bad calls than the rest of the season of other teams combined.

MattsMe
12-20-2010, 01:52 AM
All I know is the most discipline team since i have started watching the Steelers the last 20 years, all of a sudden, have turned into a raideresque team where they average 10 penalties a game and at LEAST 1 personal foul penalty a game. And on top of that, apparently you can grab a receiver on the Steelers or hold linebackers and not call a pass interference or a holding.

This season is the first season in my NFL watching life where i feel NOTHING for football. From the 500 ****ing commercials during each break to the whoring of every freaking product known to man and every single tackle looked on a a possible illegal play, I am seriously fed up with all of it. If I didn't love the Steelers so much, i would NEVER watch the NFL as long as this commissioner is on top and as long I'm continuing to watch commercials with bits and pieces of a football game.

Excellent post. Pretty much sums up my feelings completely.

The wins feel pretty much the same as the losses. I'm tired of waiting for a flag against us on every single play. I'm tired of watching our rushers get choked, tackled and mugged with almost no consequences, while our O line gets flagged at the drop of a hat. I'm tired of watching our first great quarterback in 25 years get twisted, punched, hit late and slapped in the head while the refs turn a blind eye.

But most of all I'm tired of watching the team I was born and raised to love get shit on by a league they were instrumental in creating.

IowaSteeler927
12-20-2010, 01:54 AM
I am wondering how many blown calls and blatantly ignored penalties are going to occur in favor of the teams against the Steelers, before someone questions what is going on?

You know, I understand there are missed calls every now and then, but it is ridiculous that every single week after the games the head of officiating has to come out and tell us how many bad calls were thrown against the Steelers.

James Harrison was held All. Day. Long. today. Not a single call, not one. At one point, on the drive the Jets took down on their last field goal, some dude had his entire arms around him and was bear-hugging him making sure he would not get to Sanchez.

Even these offensive lineman know that the refs are being loose on calls with the Steelers, and they are openly and blatantly taking advantage.

Take a good look at the last 5 Steelers games.

Really look at them. I bet you will find more blown and bad calls than the rest of the season of other teams combined.

Yeah it's not even close. These calls are easy ones for the refs to make. I saw them in real time. Sometimes i don't notice the penalty occurred until the replay is shown in slow motion, but when I can see the penalty and call it myself during real time it's nothing short of ridiculous that the Officials fail to make the call.