Jets upset Steelers in OT, 19-16

EAST RUTHERFORD - On a day where the Pittsburgh Steelers did everything in their power to lose the game, they managed to do just that.

Penalties, uncharacteristically bad tackling, lackluster offensive line play, and another special teams breakdown all were contributing factors in the New York Jets 19-16 overtime victory over the Steelers.

The Steelers, who trailed for a large portion of the game, took their first lead late in the fourth quarter on Jeff Reed's third field goal of the day. The lead held until the two-minute mark when the Jets took over on their own 12-yard line. At that point, second-year quarter Kellen Clemens proceeded to march the Jets down the field to put them in position for a chip-shot Mike Nugent field goal to send the game into overtime.

And that's where things really took a turn for the worse.

After forcing a three-and-out on the Jets opening possession, the Steelers responded with a three-and-out of their own and were forced to punt from deep in their own territory. Enter Leon Washington.

For four full quarters, the Steelers were able to avoid Washington's dangerous return ability by keeping the ball away from by any means necessary. It didn't happen in overtime. Washington set the Jets up inside the Pittsburgh 30-yard line and after three straight runs into the line setting the stage for a 38-yard game winning field goal by Nugent.

With his 117-yard performance, Jets running back Thomas Jones became the first running back to gain 100 yards in a single game against the Steelers since Edgerrin James pulled it off November 26, 2005.

The loss drops the Steelers 7-3 and knocks them out of the number-two seed they held in the AFC playoff picture entering the game. The Steelers return home next Monday night to take on the winless Miami Dolphins.

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