The Pittsburgh Steelers have been in a tight race for the final spot in the AFC playoffs the last few weeks of the season, and for the second straight game, the offense fell flat, resulting in a 16-10 loss to the New York Jets this afternoon.
Devlin Hodges started for Pittsburgh, and after terrible performance through the majority of the first half, Mike Tomlin benched the quarterback for Mason Rudolph, but after an injury to Rudolph, Hodges reentered the game.
Unfortunately, regardless of who was on the field, the offense was still out of sync and they couldn’t put enough points on the board.
Sam Darnold completed a 23 yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson to give the Jets a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. After a 54 yard field goal by Sam Ficken increased the Jets’ lead to 10-0, the Steelers got to work to get back into the game.
A 49 yard field goal by Chris Boswell got the Steelers on the board, and a 29 yard touchdown connection between Rudolph and Diontae Johnson tied the game just before halftime.
The second half was difficult to watch as both teams struggled mightily. But the Jets did just enough, a field goal in the third quarter and a field goal in the fourth quarter, to hold off the abysmal Steelers’ offense to collect the 16-10 victory.
This was a devastating blow to the Steelers’ playoff chances. Entering today’s game, Pittsburgh held its destiny in its own hands. But after today’s loss, they need to beat the Baltimore Ravens next week and hope for the Tennessee Titans to lose to the Houston Texans.