Jets ready to ride Pennington

New York Daily News

NEW YORK -- Any team with a hot quarterback always has a chance to go a long way in the playoffs. Suddenly, the Jets have one of those -- a hot quarterback looking for redemption in Pittsburgh.

When Chad Pennington faced the Steelers last month at Heinz Field, he endured perhaps the worst game of his career -- a three-interception nightmare in a 17-6 loss. It was only his second start after missing three games due to a strained rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, and it was obvious he still wasn't right.

Judging by his near-flawless performance in Saturday night's absolutely wild wild-card victory over the Chargers, Pennington won't be a pushover again for the Steelers when the two teams meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

Now that the coaches believe Pennington is capable again of operating an aggressive game plan, it should help their chances in Pittsburgh, where the Jets never -- repeat, never -- have won a football game. They're 0-6 in the 'Burgh.

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