(PITTSBURGH) — For all the talk of an aging defense, the Pittsburgh Steelers sure put on a show against the New York Jets on Sunday.
The Steelers limited the Jets to 219 total yards in a 27-10 victory at Heinz Field and harrased quarterback Mark Sanchez all afternoon.
After leading an early scoring strike that resulted in a touchdown pass to former Steeler Santonio Holmes, Sanchez finished 10 of 27 for 138 yards for the Jets (1-1), who were shut out in the second half.
“I think us not converting on third down was a big hit today,” Sanchez said. “We weren’t our best. The throws weren’t there at times. The catches weren’t there at times, so we just need to be on the same page with that. It was a great effort by their team; we just came up short.”
For the Steelers (1-1), they found offense from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who elueded several would-be sacks to keep drives alive at critical times. He finished with 275 yards passing and two touchdowns.
“Ben is one of the top in the game,” said Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace. “I’ll ride with him against anybody.” Wallace grabbed a 37-yard toucdown in the third quarter to put it out of reach for the Jets.
After scoring 48 points against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, the Jets could not get anything going in the second half, and popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow was a non-factor. He carried the ball once for 22 yards.
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