Steelers Hang On, Beat Jets in a Nail-Biter

Pittsburgh dominated, then held on
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2011 8:55 PM CST
Steelers Trounce Jets in a Nail-Biter
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (34) runs away from New York Jets safety Brodney Pool (22) during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.    (Keith Srakocic)

The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to their third Super Bowl in six years thanks to a big-play defense that returned a fumble for a touchdown and staged a late goal-line stand in a 24-19 victory over the New York Jets. Pittsburgh, which led 24-0 in the first half and held on, faces the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl in Dallas in two weeks. The Packers beat Chicago 21-14 earlier today.

The Steelers have won a record six Super Bowls, reports the AP. New York (13-5) has not been back since winning the most significant Super Bowl in 1969, validating the AFL with a victory over Baltimore. (Read more Pittsburgh Steelers stories.)

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