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mesaSteeler
12-20-2010, 06:57 AM
Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 14 vs. Jets
Monday, December 20, 2010
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10354/1112166-66.stm

Game Ball goes to: WR Emmanuel Sanders

The rookie wide receiver tied for the team lead with seven receptions, including four for 34 yards in the first half. But his biggest reception was a 29-yarder on third-and-24 from the Steelers 27 that kept alive their last chance at victory. Sanders caught two passes for 40 yards on the final drive, but was the intended target on six plays. One of those was a second-down pass in the back of the end zone. "We had a good drive going and a couple opportunities to capitalize and we didn't do it," Sanders said.

X's AND O's

The game was effectively decided when Jets linebacker Jason Taylor, the NFL's all-time active sack leader, tackled Mewelde Moore in the end zone for a safety on first down from the Steelers 3 in the fourth quarter. Taylor shot through a gap created when guard Chris Kemoeatu pulled to the right side on a counter play and tackle Jonathan Scott couldn't get over fast enough. "We definitely got to cover it up, especially when I'm pulling, because the lineman on me is coming right off my butt," Kemoeatu said.

THE COUNTDOWN

A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:

1NOT AGAIN: The Steelers hadn't allowed a kick return longer than 49 yards until Jets receiver Brad Smith took the opening kickoff and ran 97 yards for a touchdown without being touched by a Steelers player. It was the first kick return for touchdown since the Steelers allowed four in 2009. "Hats off to them -- we had no one near them," said special-teams standout Anthony Madison. "Turned out to be the difference in the game. They basically walked off the bus with seven points."

2 DROUGHT OVER: The Jets hadn't scored a touchdown in 11 quarters, a drought that ended on a play in which they brought in their goal-line package on fourth-and-1 at the Steelers 7 and quarterback Mark Sanchez ran untouched around left end.

3IN CONTROL: That's what the Steelers appeared to be after coming back from a 7-0 deficit to take a 17-10 lead on a 2-yard TD by Rashard Mendenhall on the first series of the second half. Mendenhall carried four times for 33 yards on the drive.

4 BIG MISS: On third-and-9 from the Jets 46, Sanchez managed to avoid blitzing Ryan Mundy and complete a 16-yard pass to Braylon Edwards, keeping alive a crucial drive that ended with Nick Folk's 34-yard field goal for a 20-17 lead.

5 LONG MARCH: Matt Spaeth's 9-yard TD catch in the second quarter tied the score, 7-7 and ended a 16-play, 96-yard drive -- tying the longest by the Steelers this season. It was also the longest scoring drive against the Jets this season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 102

That's the number of receiving yards by WR Mike Wallace, the fifth time this season and fourth in the past eight games he has surpassed 100 yards. Wallace has a team-high 1,048 receiving yards -- the 10th Steelers receiver in franchise history to surpass 1,000 yards in a season.

WHAT WAS HE THINKING?

Fool them once, shame on Mark Sanchez; fool them twice, shame on the defense. But that's what Sanchez did on two plays on the 66-yard drive that tied the score, 17-17. The first came on third-and-1 when he lined nine players on the line of scrimmage and threw an 11-yard pass to tight end Dustin Keller. The second came five plays later on fourth-and-1 when he faked a handoff to running back Shonn Greene and ran 7 yards untouched for a touchdown. "They fooled me," said inside linebacker James Farrior.

OVERHEARD

"It just gets kind of crazy in the end zone. Once this initial route breaks down and Ben scrambles, it's just kind of a free-for-all. You just kind of try to get open."

-- tight end Matt Spaeth, the intended target on the final pass in the end zone

NEXT THURSDAY'S OPPONENT

vs. CAROLINA PANTHERS, 8:20 P.M. THURSDAY: The Panthers are 0-2 lifetime in Pittsburgh and haven't played a regular-season game at Heinz Field since a 30-14 loss in 2002.


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