Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Drive of the game: Oh, no, Cro!
By Rich Cimini
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.