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    Bires: Jets or Pats? It doesn't matter

    By: Mike Bires Beaver County Times
    Sunday January 16, 2011 12:26 AM



    James Farrior celebrate as he walks off the field after the Steelers' 31-24 win. Times photo by KEVIN LORENZI


    PITTSBURGH — As the Steelers triumphantly walked off Heinz Field after another classic moment in franchise history, many fans were yelling “Jets! Jets! Jets!”

    But as they celebrated in their locker room, the Steelers wouldn’t bite when asked who they prefer to play in the AFC Championship Game.

    No doubt, the Steelers hope to be at home next Sunday against loud-mouth Rex Ryan and the rest of the New Yorkers. But really, the Steelers don’t mind if they have to play in New England against the Brady Bunch.

    These Steelers believe they can beat anybody still standing in the Super Bowl tournament.

    They aren’t perfect.

    They don’t always win pretty.

    But they sure do know how to win.

    Somehow, some way, they find ways to get the job done.

    So today as they bask in the glory of another win over the archrival Ravens, they’ll tune in to the Jets-Patriots game and enjoy watching it without worrying who wins.

    “We are family, and we have been since I’ve been here,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Saturday night after the 31-24 thriller against the Ravens. “We’ll fight and do anything for each other.”

    That’s pretty much been the case for the Steelers since Chuck Noll was hired in 1969.

    No team has won more division titles than the Steelers (20) since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970.

    No team has played in the AFC Championship Game more than the Steelers. Next Sunday will be their 15th appearance.

    And, of course, no one has won more Super Bowls than the Steelers (six).

    “It says a lot about (director of football operations) Kevin Colbert for getting the right group of guys together,” defensive Brett Keisel said. “It says a lot about Coach (Mike) Tomlin for the way he leads us. And it says a lot about the guys in the locker room.”

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    Keisel is among the veterans like Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, James Farrior and Troy Polamalu who’ve made it to the AFC Championship four times over the past seven seasons. They all had a hand in their latest dramatic win over the Ravens.

    But so did many of the younger Steelers.

    D-end Ziggy Hood, a second-year pro, had a huge sack of Joe Flacco on the Ravens’ last-gasp attempt to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.

    Third-year running back Rashard Mendenhall, who was on injured reserve when the Steelers won the Super Bowl in 2008, scored two TDs, including the game-winner.

    Rookie wide receiver Emmanual Sanders caught four passes for 54 yards.

    And fellow rookie wideout Antonio Brown was on the receiving end of the most important play — a 58-yard late fourth quarter catch — in a game full of big plays.

    “It was a signature Steelers win,” Tomlin said. “A lot of people put their hand in the pile. Every man in a helmet was a potential playmaker.”

    That was especially true on the offensive line where both starting tackles, Flozell Adams and Jonathan Scott, had to leave the game at times with injury and illness. But Trai Essex and Doug Legursky came off the bench to lend a hand

    Regardless of who the Steelers play next week, they’ll face a team that they’ve already lost to this year, at home no less. The Patriots routed the Steelers, 39-26 in November. The Jets edged the Steelers, 22-17 in December.

    But that’s ancient history.

    Either way, the Steelers will be ready for whoever they play next.

    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...nt-matter.html

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    GO STEELERS!

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    James Farrior on Sunday’s game: “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!”

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 16, 2011, 9:43 AM EST



    Players usually say they don’t care who they face in their next playoff game, which is usually ridiculous.

    That’s why we appreciate Steelers linebacker James Farrior’s honesty when he was asked about Sunday’s Jets-Patriots game. If the Jets win, the Steelers get to host the AFC Championship. If not, the Steelers will head to New England.

    “Big Jets fan right now,” Farrior told Scott Hanson. “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets Jets!”

    The rest of Pittsburgh surely feels the same.

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    It's gonna be the Pats. The Pats offense is making the Jets defense look bad.

    And everyone knows about Sanchez. Plus, the Jets missed a chip-shot FG early.

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    It's gonna be the Pats. The Pats offense is making the Jets defense look bad.

    And everyone knows about Sanchez. Plus, the Jets missed a chip-shot FG early.
    The Jets defense has been bend but don't break so far. They picked off golden boy 1st drive and held them to 3 on the 2nd drive. If the Jets offense doesn't look any better than it has so far then it may not matter. Not taking advantage of that pick really hurt.

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    The Jets defense has been bend but don't break so far. They picked off golden boy 1st drive and held them to 3 on the 2nd drive. If the Jets offense doesn't look any better than it has so far then it may not matter. Not taking advantage of that pick really hurt.
    Yeah, that missed FG is a killer. You can't miss that.

    Holmes just short armed a pass. Is that how you be great?

    The good news for the Jets is the Pats coverage units look just like the Steelers.

    The bad news is they can't stop the Pats offense unless they get a TO it seems.

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    Nice drive by the Jets there. Defense has played pretty well for them so far. If they can get more drives like that from their offense then they might have a shot in this one.

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    14-3 Jets now. Interesting. A lot of game to be played yet obviously, and you saw what we did down 14 yesterday. Jets are frustrating ***boy and the Patsies right now though!
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    Jets have to be extremely satisfied right now. Wow. The Jets defense looked shaky at first but it's like the two sides switched teams in the 2nd quarter.

    Pats are not playing very well or smart right now.

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    Default Re: Bires: Jets or Pats? It doesn't matter

    HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING 'EM ON!!!!!!!!!

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    Can you say; over rated?!

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    Thing of beauty: Jets defensive masterpiece stops Patriots cold

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 16, 2011


    The New York Jets backed up all their talk and then some.

    In one of the best playoff defensive performances we’ve seen in a long time, the Jets stymied Tom Brady and the Patriots 28-21 in Foxboro on Sunday. There were heroes aplenty for New York: Santonio Holmes made an incredible touchdown grab; Shaun Ellis dominated on the defensive line with a legendary performance, and Darrelle Revis played his usual shutdown coverage.

    But the biggest star was coach Rex Ryan and his defensive gameplan. His said all week his goal wasn’t to be the greatest coach of all time, but the greatest coach on the field Sunday. He was certainly that, out-foxing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at every turn.

    Ryan kept mixing up coverages to confuse Brady. He sent pressure at the right time and enough got pressure from his defensive line. Brady is one of the smartest quarterbacks in football, and could never unlock the mystery.

    All season long, the Jets defense chased the dominance they showed in 2009. They were a good, not great group that could no longer shut the opposition down. That all changed Sunday against the best offense in the league. Brady averaged only 5.8 yards-per-throw and had only two plays over 20 yards.

    Jets quarterback Mark Snachez, meanwhile, was occasionally erratic but threw three touchdowns. All three of his top wide receivers made difficult plays for him.

    When the Jets offense needed to respond to a Patriots fourth quarter touchdown, Sanchez directed a five-play, 71-yard touchdown drive. All three of the Jets’ top wide receivers made difficult plays for Sanchez. New York dominated line play on both sides of the ball.

    “We came here for a reason,” Ryan said after the game. “We believed. We worked too hard to get back here. We thought we were the better team.”

    There was no doubt about that on Sunday.

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    I bet some would of said the jets had 0% chace to win

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