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Bet on the NFL Last Sunday the AFC Championship game was the most watched NFL game in the history of football.

Betting on football is breaking records as last weekend when the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the New York Jets in a grueling 24-19 home victory game, which for the most part was pretty slow. The record number of viewers beat out the Bengals vs. Chargers ’82 game where 51.6 million people watched on NBC. The new Neilson ratings record is 54.85 million.

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, and the Steelers survived a furious second-half rally to beat the New York Jets, 24-19, on Sunday night in the AFC Championship Game. When placing your Super Bowl bets, note that the Steelers (14-4) have a chance to win a seventh Super Bowl in Dallas, and a victory would give them two more Lombardi Trophies than the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers -- their closest pursuers in the NFL's benchmark for excellence.

In the second quarter, when a blitzing Ike Taylor crushed Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez with a blind-side hit, causing a fumble that William Gay returned 19 yards for the touchdown. Outside linebacker James Harrison stood over Sanchez after the hit, waving for Jets medical personnel to attend to the second-year quarterback. Sanchez was able to get up and stagger off the field.

The Jets narrowed the gap to five points on a Sanchez touchdown pass with 3:06 left in the game.

But New York did not get the ball back, as Ben Roethlisberger twice moved the chains late in the game with clutch passes. The Steelers had just tacked on their second touchdown to go ahead, 17-0, shortly before the two-minute warning. The Jets were trying to salvage something in the half, but quarterback Mark Sanchez was sacked for a 7-yard loss on first down. Super Bowl XLV will pit the Steelers against the Green Bay Packers, another of the league's storied franchises, on Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium. The Steelers outgained the Jets (13-6) by 171 yards in the first half, scored the first 24 points of the game and almost registered an early knockout.


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