Throwback Thursday: New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers December 2010

By Alan Schechter

Oct 16, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets kicker

Nick Folk

(2) reacts after missing a field goal at the end of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 27-25. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

For this week’s “Throwback Thursday” article, we go back to the last time the Jets beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. It has only happened four out of 23 times, so there weren’t many games to choose from.

It was December of 2010, and the Jets headed to Heinz Field with a 9-4 record to take on the Steelers who were sitting on a 10-3 record. We know now that this turned out to be a preview of the AFC Championship game. But for now, it was a matchup of two of the top teams in the AFC.

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The Jets opened the scoring early in the first quarter with a 97 yard kickoff return to the house by Brad Smith. The two teams exchanged scores for the balance of the half, and headed into the break tied 10-10.

Rashard Mendenhall gave the Steelers a 17-10 lead with a two yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. Mark Sanchez tied the game at 17 with a seven yard scramble for the score. Nick Folk put the Jets ahead to stay in the final period with a 34 yard field goal. Jason Taylor punctuated the win by stopping running back Mewelde Moor in the end zone for a safety. Jets win by a score of 22-17.

Here is the boxscore:

Scoring Summary

Team Stats




Kickoff Returns

Punt Returns