Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 of 31 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns Sunday to propel the Pittsburgh Steelers past the New York Jets, 27-10, at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger helped the Steelers (1-1) score 21-unanswered points, 14 in the second half, to hand the Jets (1-1) their first loss of the season and place some doubt in the mind of the New York fanbase that watched its offense struggle against a physical Pittsburgh defense, which was without Troy Polamalu.
A week after torching the Buffalo Bills defense, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looked shaky completing just 10 of 27 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown. Sanchez's play was especially suspect in the second half were he was just 6-for-17 for 58 yards. Tim Tebow saw little action carrying the ball just once for 22 yards.
Early on, the Jets did have everything clicking as they scored on their first possession of the game -- an eight-play, 90-yard drive that featured a 45-yard reception by wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and ended with a 14-yard reception by wide receiver Santonio Holmes from Sanchez -- to take a 7-3 lead with 4 minutes, 24 seconds to play in the first quarter.
New York led 10-6 after a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk capped a 12-play, 61-yard drive with 9:38 to go in the first half.
From there, it was all Pittsburgh which reclaimed the lead near the end of the first half by driving 80 yards in 11 plays. The march was capped by a 1-yard touchdown reception by Heath Miller.
The Steelers pushed their lead to 20-10 with a 37-yard third-quarter touchdown reception by Mike Wallace, and capped the game's scoring with an impressive 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that sucked more than 10 minutes off the clock and gave Pittsburgh a 27-10 advantage with 3:41 remaining.
Overall, a victory in Pittsburgh was a lot to ask for but there will, again, be question marks heading into Week 3's match up at the Miami Dolphins.