The Jets were knocked out of Super Bowl contention with a devastating loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday night.
The gang in green battled back from a 24-3 halftime deficit to come within six points of taking the AFC title but ultimately fell to the Steelers, 24-19, taking with them dreams of a long-awaited Super Bowl bid.
"It's really too bad because we have a great group, a really good group, and to come out as flat as we did against such a great franchise and a great team, and a tough team, it just doesn't work. It just hurts," quarterback Mark Sanchez said.
The Steelers will go on to face the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl in Dallas in two weeks. The Packers beat the Chicago Bears, 21-14, on Sunday.
"We played a good half, we just never played a good game," said coach Rex Ryan. "And you have to give Pittsburgh credit. That's a hell of a football team here. And if you plan on beating them, you better put four quarters together, and we didn't do that."
The Jets were last in the Super Bowl in 1969 when they took to coveted title. This is the Steelers' third Super Bowl appearance in six years.