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It wasn't the greatest game he's ever had, but Mark Sanchez certainly improved upon his awful play of late. In Pittsburgh, one of the toughest places for an opposing quarterback to play, Sanchez snapped a string of eight straight games with an interception.
It was against a Steelers defense without their top member of the secondary, Troy Polamalu, but that doesn't matter. Sanchez was getting picked off by any caliber of cornerback or safety, and this game was a step in the right direction.
He didn't even throw a pass that was close to being intercepted like he did against the Dolphins last week that were dropped.
Concerning his quality of play, Sanchez had a solid game. He completed 19-of-29 passes for 170 yards and didn't throw a touchdown but did run one in himself. He made smart decisions the entire game, making accurate passes while being helped by his running backs.
He also added another efficient play to his game. At least twice did he fake a snap or fake a pass. On a 4th-and-1 from the Steelers seven-yard line, Sanchez faked a hand off to Shonn Greene and ran the ball down the left side for the touchdown that tied the game at 17-17.
In the fourth quarter, on a 3rd-and-6 from the Steelers 47-yard line, Sanchez faked a fumbled snap and handed it off to LaDainian Tomlinson who took it down the left side for a 10-yard gain. It's a play that Sanchez doesn't do too often, but it worked pretty well.
His offensive line did a good job of protecting him as he was only sacked once, and all in all it was a bounce back game for Sanchez.