2011 AFC Championship Game: 5 Reasons Why The Jets Beat The Steelers

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2011 AFC Championship Game: 5 Reasons Why The Jets Beat The Steelers
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It's not 1969 and Joe Namath is not in the building, but it sure feels like it.

It's a different form of bravado that has propelled the 2011 New York Jets to the AFC Championship game. While the Steelers have been there and done that twice in the last five years, there's something to be said for the Jets not disappointing their fans. 

They exploded onto the scene in last year's playoff with a rookie coach and rookie quarterback in what many expected to be a short lived experience. The 2011 season began with them being feature in the most talked about Hard Knocks season HBO has produced to date. A few bold NFL analysts and prognosticators had them as their vogue Super Bowl pick, but unlike the Cincinnati Bengals, they were actually able to live up to their potential. 

It's been a season filled with controversy that can only come from a city like New York. There was the Inez Sainz fiasco, Braylon Edwards' DUI, Brett Favre's alleged texts and sexts to Jenn Sterger, Rex Ryan v. Tony Dungy in the battle for America's verbal soul and then Footgate—footage of what appears to be Rex Ryan filming his wife in a manner that would lead one to believe he has a foot fetish.

The season has been anything but boring for the Jets and they proved that with a verbal lashing and on field thrashing of the New England Patriots last weekend.

No matter how bad things have looked this season, they always seem to come up smelling like roses, and that's why I like them to pull off the upset in this weekend's matchup against the Steelers.  

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