On a beautiful bright and sunny late December afternoon in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the New York Jets beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16 - 10.
The Jets opened the game the same way they have been opening with regularity lately, with a long touchdown drive. The drive culminated with a beautiful Sam Darnold to Robby Anderson connection in the end zone, as Darnold threaded the needle against tight double coverage, and Anderson made a great leaping grab in the back of the end zone for the score.
Unfortunately for the Jets, the rest of the first half also followed a familiar script, as the Jets offense was unable to follow up on their early success. The Jets offense was completely ineffective the rest of the half, but the Jets defense kept the Jets on top until the Steelers replaced an atrocious Devlin Hodges with Mason Rudolph at quarterback. Rudolph promptly lead the Steelers on two scoring drives in the last two minutes of the first half to produce a 10 - 10 tie at the half.
Neither team could get much going on offense in the third quarter, with the Jets managing the lone scoring drive, a short drive for a field goal and a 13 - 10 Jets lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter the two offenses traded futility until the Jets put together a late field goal drive with just over three minutes remaining to take a 16 - 10 lead. Duck Hodges threw some ducks and the Steelers meekly went down to a costly defeat to the Jets, who have now put together a nice 5-2 run in the second half of the 2019 season.
With the win the Jets record improves to 6-9 on the year, with the season finale on the road against a Buffalo Bills team that is already locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs on tap next week.
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