On Sunday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Michael Vick led the New York Jets to an unlikely second victory of the season over an in form Pittsburgh Steelers team that had scored at least six touchdowns in their last two games.
In 2007 a 1-8 Jets team shocked the NFL with an unlikely overtime win over a high-flying 7-2 Steelers side - and last night they repeated the feat with a little help from another blast from the past.
Veteran quarterback Michael Vick justified his selection over struggling Geno Smith by throwing two touchdown passes early on as the Jets raced into a 17-0 lead; a lead that the in-form Steelers could only reduce to seven points late on.
Ben Roethlisberger had thrown six touchdown passes in consecutive weeks but a fired up Jets defence managed to restrict the former Super Bowl winner to one at the MetLife Stadium – and he had to wait until the dying minutes of the final quarter to get it.
Strangely enough Roethlisberger came out of the game with significantly better stats than Vick with a triple yardage and nearly 10% better pass attempt percentage.
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But it was in the red zone that the Jets defence really shone, holding the Steelers to just one field goal until the final quarter – and they came out of the game having forced four possession turnovers.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin highlighted this particular stat as the reason for the defeat.
"There's nothing mystical about the outcome of that football game. We talked all week about why that team struggled: because they were minus in the turnover ratio. ... Well, they weren't today. They were plus four."
Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett took all the plaudits for the Jets resilience as he made two receptions, one sack and a fumble recovery.
The win marks a first since the opening weekend for Rex Ryan’s side who had endured an eight game losing streak coming into Sunday’s clash. They had come close to victory a few weeks ago when they came within a blocked field goal of victory over the Patriots.
While it’s too late for the Jets to mount any sort of play-off challenge the victory will keep the pressure off Rex Ryan who has been in the hot seat for several weeks now.
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