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Martin Mushes to 228 Yards vs. Steelers

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 27, 2011 – 2:38 pm

Another career snapshot of Curtis Martin, who is in the running to be a first-year inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 5 in Dallas:

It wasn’t pretty, but on a slippery, sloppy, snow-filled day at the old Meadowlands stadium, Curtis Martin was at his best.

It was Dec. 14, 2003, when Martin’s hometown Pittsburgh Steelers came to town for what will always be known as “the Snow Game.” As a result of weather conditions the game ended in a 6-0 Jets victory, and it was all because of Martin’s 174 rushing yards on 30 carries.

Martin tested his footing on the wintry mix before the game to get a sense of what he and the Jets would be dealing with for 60 minutes.

“I went out there early to get used to it and try to use it to my advantage,” Martin said. “I said, ‘I’m going to get a few people today.’ I was confident I wasn’t going to slip.”

He certainly did make the Steelers miss, particularly on a 56-yard scamper that brought the Jets all the way to the Steelers 10. Martin also did damage through the air with four receptions from Chad Pennington for 54 yards, including a 29-yarder. His largest effort since racking up 203 yards in 2000 against the Colts helped set up two field goals, which proved to be enough to beat Pittsburgh.

Martin passed John Riggins for 11th place on the all-time rushing list that Sunday and little did he know that his best season (2004) was still head of him and that eventually he’d become the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the day, however, was the fact that Martin eclipsed 1,000 yards for the ninth straight season to start his career, a feat achieved only once before in NFL history, by Barry Sanders.

“It is something that I feel good about,” Martin said. “I’m not big on statistics and individual goals, but this one is special to me. I’m only the second person in the world to do this.”


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18 Responses to “Martin Mushes to 228 Yards vs. Steelers”

  1. By IRA on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    That game in my books is one of my all-time favorites. It was so cool sitting in the snow and watching Curtis run and of course the Jets winning. That 56 yd run was a classic.
    Curtis really needs to get in the HOF this summer.

  2. By scjoe on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    Think about it, 174 yards rushing by Curtis and only 6 points on the board. Can that happen to any one else besides the Jets? Take a look 64tom, and back then we didn’t even have Shotty as the OC Tells you a little something right?

  3. By scjoe on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    Just read the NY Post article about how difficult it will be to re sign both BE and SH. I happen to agree. I think it will be one of the two not both, but what scares me more then anything else, is the fact that the one who is not signed could very easily end up in NE. How do you think BE would fit in with that NE offense for the next 2 or 3 years? Pretty scary. Some agents also agree that signing Cro may be the determining factor to whether both BE and SH would be re signed. If that is the case, I would rather go with both BE and SH as opposed to Cro. He was not exactly stellar throughout the season, but it sure would sting to lose a #2 to rent him for one year. That logic just has to stop.

  4. By jetrooney on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    great game! i went to this game with my friend and i remember martin running all over the steelers but i wish he got some td’s but still such a fun game to go to

  5. By GaryC on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    the problem that the jets have is they draft players where the positions are already filled, ie, ducasse, mcknight, wilson.robert turner plays on defense for the goal line stands, how ridiculous is that.jets need to prepare better for what they want their roster to look like, do you really need to carry two blocking tightends especially the way keller developed his blocking this year.not having extra d lineman this year killed the jets, they had to bring in pryce who is past his prime and tevauseau who really wasn’t ready to play.they should have looked for linebackers who can cover backs out of the backfield.

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, since about 3 days after we won the Super Bowl, “going for the field goal,” etc. has been a Jet problem. Only Joe had the insane skills to shake it up like in the famous ’72 game vs. BAL, which is why many were calling for Weeb to go long before Joe left. The good news on SH and BE is that we gave up picks for ‘em and you don’t get those back so I’m sure Mr. T will do everything possible to keep ‘em both. If it can’t be done it can’t, but there are no two players on the Jets who would better help us retain the feel of this yr’s team. Those worried about Sanchez without Schotty would do better to worry about him without SH and BE, struggling to make a WR out of Turner, Smith (4 caught, 2 dropped), CLOWNEY (so there, GaryC!)…

  7. By Gregg from CA on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    As I recall, the OC through much of Pennington’s career was reviled as a predictable and spineless automaton, though for the life of me I can’t remember his name or whether he was there for the 2003 season.

    So, scjoe, it’s another pattern of the Jets: not scoring enough points, and having unpopular OCs.

  8. By Woody English on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    Good Lord Kids. This is THE time to be considering Our Favorite Martin. The JETS told us that, right ? Are THEY YOUR TEAM ? CAN YOU LISTEN ? Our man Curtis ran the ball for us and worked until the Drs told him his knees were bone on bone. You got that ? Bone on Bone. He gave us every single thread of cartilage he had and STILL wanted to play.They wrote West Side Story for that JET. He was a Jet from his very 1st breath and he will be ’til his last dying day.For when you are a JET you are a JET all the way.In the meantime he had great vision and great heart and great leadership skills and he was ready to play every game. On that day he gave me a heck of a b’day present and it IS TIME for another JET to reach The Hall.
    Thank You Curtis.

  9. By 1986 on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply


  10. By scjoe on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    Greg from CA, lets be honest, fans of most NFL teams are going to complain about their OC or their DC, or in many cases about their HC. The thing that seems strange to me is that so often they tend to overlook what happens on the field and how plays are executed or NOT executed. It is so much easier to just go ahead and place the blame on the coaching staff. Don’t misunderstand me now, sure, there are times when that criticism is warranted, then again, there are many times when it is not.

  11. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    With you all the way on Martin, Woody. Gregg, thanks for remembering that Schotty’s had the same problem for as long as he’s been the Jets’ OC and that in fact cowardly, unadventurous, “play not to lose” playcalling has been a Jet problem for 4 decades. It’s actually quite ironic to see Jet fans bending over backwards to defend Schotty on that goal line fiasco while discussing how good or not the Steelers are. Can you picture the Steelers ever punking out that way with 4 downs to get 2 yds and a crucial TD? Is Mendenhall and their line that much better than our RBs and line? Just the thought of Ben throwing those 2 passes instead of punching it in himself makes me laugh. Who knows, maybe Christopher’s right about Schotty as Rex’s scapegoat.

  12. By Tom on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    This was my favorite all time game as a season ticket holder. I will never forget it. Curtis was GREAT

  13. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    You can go round and round about playcalling, scjoe, and fans are going to do that. And the problem is execution goes hand-in-hand with design. For instance, what do you make of trying to throw that slant over Hunter, who didn’t block his guy low and thus allowed the pass to be batted down? Was that really THE BEST call on Schotty’s part at this point in the most important game of the yr? As many have said, wasn’t he at least A BIT tempted to call a pass in the corner of the end zone to SH or BE, which worked so perfectly with SH vs. NE just a week before? Among the many things about Schotty I don’t like is his maddening tendency to get fancy, which so often stops him from getting results. But that just goes back to not running the ball…

  14. By scjoe on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    64, we can argue this point till the cows come home, but I think you answered your own question about that slant going toward Hunter, what if he had correctly blocked the defender out of the play, the pass is completed, and is either a big gainer or a TD. What would your reaction be to that? Proper execution? That would be mine, along with a “brilliant” play call. Right?

  15. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    No doubt, scjoe, proper execution by Hunter on that play and we’re in. The problem is throwing the ball over a guy who’s just started the first few games in his life. I suppose that’s Schotty’s famous “thinking outside the box” again, but it seems pretty foolish. I’ve heard some griping about Slauson, including on the play on which LT didn’t get into the end zone, but at least he had a consistent yr, getting better with every game. Obviously you can get carried away with micro-analyzing these kinds of decisions on Schotty’s part, so I like to just stick with the big picture: We went out and got a bunch of great O players to go with the ones we already had and we couldn’t score in the first qtr or half. Admit it, you expected much better.

  16. By scjoe on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    64, no doubt I expected much better given the supporting cast. But you know me by now, during the year I attributed most of the failure to MS and his inaccuracy. I can recall quite a few times during the season that you agreed with that analogy wholeheartedly. What good is a top flight receiver (or 2) if you don’t have the QB to get the ball where it needs to be with the consistency needed? I saw that as a much bigger problem then any play calling could ever be. Now, before spicer and a few others jump all over me, I did see improvement later in the season and I expect it to continue into next season.Then maybe we can get a much better feel for exactly where the real problem is.

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    I won’t jump all over you on that one, scjoe. Sanchez’s inaccuracy and inconsistency are BIG problems, WAY bigger than Schotty’s play-calling. Replacing the OC if he doesn’t perform is done all the time, replacing the alleged franchise QB that you traded up for and say will be here for 10 yrs is a disaster. As well as MS plays in post-season, next yr he has to come out of the gate ready to play and get it done. Just for the record, though, Cimini has a piece today talking about how much less intimidating PIT was this yr in 3rd and 4th and 1 situations than passing. Also that Greene has been better than LT there but he smartly adds that LT adds intangibles at the goal line, so he concludes the problem was the two passes. I agree.

  18. By dandre on Feb 4, 2011 | Reply

    Revis is the best Cornerback in the Nfl rite now a defense that i think he fits in with is the Pittsburgh Steelers Revis trade to make something happen work out a deal demand a trade to the Pittsburgh Steelers

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