Drive of the game: Oh, no, Cro!

September, 18, 2012
The decisive drive in the Jets' 27-10 loss to the Steelers came early in the third quarter, when the Steelers padded their lead with Ben Roethlisberger's 37-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace.

It was a five-play, 59-yard drive that included good, bad and ugly.

The bad was a 15-yard penalty on S LaRon Landry, who horse-collared Antonio Brown after an 11-yard reception. That put the Steelers at the Jets' 31, but the Jets responded with two nice defensive plays -- a pass breakup by LB David Harris and a tackle behind the line by DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

It was 3rd-and-16 from the 37, and the Jets were a stop away from forcing a punt. But Roethlisberger did what he does best, buying time in the pocket and heaving a rainbow in the end zone to Wallace. CB Antonio Cromartie had good coverage to that point, but he misplayed the ball in the air. Wallace did a brilliant job of getting both feet down, giving the Steelers a 20-10 lead with 8:44 left in the third quarter.

It was the dagger. There was no way the Jets were going to come back, not the way they were struggling on offense.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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