iPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Keith Srakocic
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez avoids the rush by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Casey Hampton (98) during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to their third Super Bowl in six years thanks to a big-play defense that returned a fumble for a touchdown and staged a late goal-line stand in a 24-19 victory over the New York Jets.
Pittsburgh, which led 24-0 in the first half and held on, faces the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl in Dallas in two weeks. The Packers beat Chicago 21-14 earlier Sunday.
William Gay went 22 yards after fellow defensive back Ike Taylor sacked Mark Sanchez and the ball came loose. Pittsburgh then stopped New York four times inside the 2 in hanging on.
The Steelers (14-4) have won a record six Super Bowls. New York (13-5) has not been back since winning the most significant Super Bowl in 1969, validating the AFL with a victory over Baltimore.
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