Jets Shock Steelers


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The New York Jets were bound to win one eventually. Yesterday, “eventually” finally came. After losing numerous close games over the past two months, The Team That Couldn’t Win knocked off the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers [19-16 in overtime] at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Kicker Mike Nugent (pictured) booted a 38-yard field with 5:03 remaining in OT, lifting the Jets to the victory.


New York stormed the field as the kick wobbled through the uprights, celebrating like they had just won the Super Bowl. It was both a nice and pathetic moment for the 2-8 Jets, who apparently think [second-to-last place] is worth partying like it’s 1999. In fact, the last time they won a football game, Broadway [still had plays](http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/10/theater/10broadway.html?ex=1352437200&en=f8fa3e67b497a985&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss), Marian Jones was [still an Olympic champion](http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/trackandfield/news/story?id=3054706) and Bob Barker [still hosted](http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6730247.stm) The Price is Right. Yep, it’s been awhile.


Quarterback Kellen Clemens went 14-for-31 for 162 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his third NFL start, including an excellent drive in the final minutes that led to a game-tying field goal with 23 second remaining in regulation. Clemens had a 15-yard scramble on the drive as well, and threw the potential game-winning touchdown pass with 30 seconds remaining, but Brad Smith dropped it. Running back Thomas Jones also had a big day, rushing for 117 yards on 30 carries.


Unfortunately, the Jets [will face the Dallas Cowboys] on Thursday in a Thanksgiving special, which means their Mardi Gras will only last four days before they return to their woeful ways. “It’s just a great feeling to get a win,” linebacker Victor Hobson said after the game. “We don’t look at ourselves like losers.” Considering their record is just 2-8, I’m pretty sure they’re still losers.


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