Pittsburgh Steelers: Keys to AFC Championship Matchup With the New York Jets

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Keys to AFC Championship Matchup With the New York Jets
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' journey began in late July when they reported to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Their mission, the Super Bowl.

Now the Steelers are just 60 minutes away from earning the right to play for a seventh Lombari Trophy.

In their way are the New York Jets, who defeated the top-seeded New England Patriots on the road last weekend. It makes the second straight year that the Jets have made the AFC Championship Game.

Earlier this season, New York defeated Pittsburgh 22-17 behind a kick return for a touchdown and a safety. It was also a Steelers team without star safety Troy Polamalu or starting tight end Heath Miller.

Ryan Mundy was unable to be the playmaker that Polamalu can be and Matt Spaeth struggled in situations that Miller usually thrives.

Both will be needed as the Jets are a hot team that are very hungry, behind head coach Rex Ryan, to make it to the Super Bowl.

But the Steelers may be even hungrier, led by their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who wants his legacy to be about championships, not statistics. He will have to put his team on his shoulders if the Steelers are to make it to the Super Bowl.

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