Rashard Mendenhall’s 1-yard touchdown run on Pittsburgh’s nine-minute opening drive gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead after one quarter in the AFC championship game Sunday night at chilly Heinz Field.
The New York Jets were quiet all week. Not much changed once the game started. By the time they made some noise, it was simply too late.
The Jets have shown a few leaks against the run in the playoffs, allowing more than 100 yards each game — after allowing a 91-yard average in the regular season. That’s giving fans on the banks of the Three Rivers reason to be optimistic.
Ben Roethlisberger hit rookie Antonio Brown on a 58-yard pass play on third-and-19, and Rashard Mendenhall scored from the 2 with 1:33 remaining to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 31-24 comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday.
Coach Mike Tomlin concedes the Steelers were mistakenly awarded a first down on a 9-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall during their 22-17 loss to the Jets on Sunday.