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Steelers snap winless skid, beat Jets handily 19-6 for first victory of season

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    Pittsburgh Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders (88) flips into the end zone for a touchdown as New York Jets' Antonio Cromartie (31) chases him during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass by New York Jets' Geno Smith during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Jets outside linebacker Garrett McIntyre (50) reacts after sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) sacks New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers won their first game of the season, beating the New York Jets 19-6 on Sunday.

The Steelers (1-4) were off to their worst start since 1968, when they lost their first six games during a season in which they finished 2-11-1. Sunday's victory was also the 600th in franchise history, including the postseason, as Pittsburgh became only the fourth team to reach the milestone.

Pittsburgh was coming off a bye-week break and appeared quite a bit sharper than New York (3-3), which had a short week to prepare after a 30-28 win at Atlanta last Monday night.

Geno Smith was intercepted twice by a Steelers defense that entered the game as the only team in the league without a takeaway.

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