New York Jets

New York Jets

New York Jets

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 02: Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

It was not pretty. In fact, at times, it was downright ugly.

But, somehow, the New York Jets found a way to get a victory on the road in Pittsburgh.

They withstood their own mistakes; withstood their deficiencies on the offensive line; withstood a wild effort by Zach Wilson in the first three quarters of the game, and withstood the momentum Heinz Field was feeling with rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett came into the ball game.

They withstood it all, and inked out a win.

Wilson, when it mattered the most was Wilson delivered. 10-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter, including orchestrating the game winning score in the final minute.

It wasn’t always pretty for Wilson. For much of the afternoon he was running for his life thanks to the Jets leaky secondary, and at times would hurry his throws. Two of those hurried throws resulted in interceptions that bounced off the hands of his intended receivers.

And both interceptions led to 10 Pittsburgh points, and just like that the Jets found themselves down 20-10 early in the fourth quarter. Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett looked pretty good in relief of an ineffective Mitchell Trubisky.

You could see the headlines now. ‘Jets Can’t Beat Rookie Sensation.’ It was feeling similar to the Jets collapse against Cleveland four years ago when Baker Mayfield came off the bench in his debut to beat the Jets.

But that was then, and this is now.

Wilson calmly led the Jets back. First he hit speedy Garrett Wilson at the Jets own 38, and watched Wilson break containment to move the ball across midfield to the Steelers 42. Later on a critical fourth and seven, Wilson connected with Corey Davis on a slant at the 25 to convert and keep the chains moving.

On the next play, Wilson pitched it to Breece Hall who sprinted down the sideline before stepping out of bounds at the Steelers three yard line.

A few plays later, Wilson found Corey Davis in the end zone for the score to cut the Steelers lead to 20-17.

All the Jets needed was a stop, but for a little while it looked like a pipe dream.

Pickett connected with George Pickens for 26 yards to the Jets’ 31 yard line. The Steelers were in great position to score. Then Pickett rolled out, avoided the Jets rush and heaved a ball down the field that was popped up in the air and picked off by Michael Carter II.

Wilson then guided the Jets on a 10-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in Breece Hall barley getting the ball over the goal-line before having the ball swatted out of his hands. Replay confirmed the touchdown with nine seconds left.

The Jets pulled off another miracle on the road. New York is 2-2 and will face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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