New York Jets Defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 22-17: Breaking Down the Loss

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New York Jets Defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 22-17: Breaking Down the Loss
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The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a very tough, and very good game to the New York Jets. Despite the hype for this game, there really wasn't much on the line for the Steelers. They still clinched a playoff spot despite the loss and are still on pace to win the AFC North with two fairly easy games left on their schedule.

The game did mean a lot more for the Jets in terms of making the playoffs. The Jets came into Pittsburgh losing back to back games, including getting blown up by the New England Patriots. The Jets had also never won a game in Pittsburgh in their storied history.

Yet these were still two potential playoff teams playing in what felt like a playoff game in the regular season. It was also a game that featured two offenses that were struggling to score touchdowns. The Steelers had only scored one offensive touchdown in the last three games. The Jets have had similar offensive woes in their last couple of games also.

In the end the Jets were the better team today. That being said, this game could have easily been won by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Big plays, non-calls by the officials, and bad play-calling among other things were eventually too much to overcome by the black and gold.

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