PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't get Tebowed this time around.
The Steelers rode a 275-yard, two-touchdown performance by Ben Roethlisberger to a 27-10 victory over the New York Jets and Tim Tebow -- the most famous backup quarterback in the NFL -- on Sunday at Heinz Field.
Tebow sent the Steelers home for the season in January by throwing an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime to give the Denver Broncos a 29-23 victory in an AFC wild card playoff game.
However, Tebow was hardly a factor this time. He was on the field for just five plays and two of them were as an up back on punts.
Tebow had one run for 22 yards and the Jets gained 28 yards rushing during his three plays from scrimmage, all of which came with him under center.
"We prepared for him and he made a nice play on us and they moved the ball the brief time he was in there," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. "But we don't make the call for how much he plays. That's up to (New York coach) Rex Ryan."
Ryan said he did not feel there were any situations right for Tebow Time except for the Jets' second possession of the third quarterback when they fell behind 20-10.
"We were having a tough time getting our defense off the field," Ryan said. "We got down by several points and we needed to throw the football in those situations."
The Steelers' offense did indeed conspire to keep Tebow off the field. The Steelers outgained the Jets 331-229 in total yardage and held a commanding 36:36-23:24 edge in time of possession.
Jets safety LaRon Landry said the key statistic was the Steelers converting eight of 15 third downs.
"We just never made a big stop or a big play when we needed to," Landry said. "We didn't give our offense much of a chance."
Roethlisberger completed 24 of 31 passes without an interception and finished with a passer rating of 125.1.
Roethlisberger also won his ninth consecutive start following a Steelers' loss. They dropped a 31-19 decision at Denver in their opener.
"We've got a good team," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "During times of adversity you get an opportunity to display your football character. We've got a bunch of high character guys and veteran guys that know the drills and understand the urgency of moments such as these."
Both teams were without star defensive players. Cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) missed the game for the Jets while linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) sat out for the Steelers.
The Jets' offense stalled repeatedly, which was in stark contrast to their 48-28 season-opening victory over Buffalo. Quarterback Mark Sanchez had a miserable day, completing just 10 of 27 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.
"It's poor execution on our part but you have to give Pittsburgh credit," Ryan said of the Jets' poor offensive showing. "We knew they were going to challenge our receivers, they were going to get in our face and put their hands on us and they did a good job of that."
The Jets were shut out in the second half while the Steelers scored two touchdowns to take control of the game.
Mike Wallace made a nice grab of a 37-yard pass from Roethlisberger in the right side of the end zone with 8:44 left in the third quarter to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 20-10. Isaac Redman added a 2-yard scoring run with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter.
The Steelers took a 13-10 halftime lead as tight end Heath Miller hauled in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger with 1:03 left in the second quarter. That capped an11-play, 80-yard drive.
"That's what we're capable of," Miller said. "We have the tools to put drives together like that and give our defense a break and stay on the field. Fortunately, we were able to finish it off and put the ball in the end zone."
Until then, Pittsburgh was forced to settle for a pair of 45-yard field goals by Shaun Suisham.
The Jets drove 90 yards in eight plays for their lone touchdown as Santonio Holmes caught a 14-yard pass from Sanchez. Nick Folk kicked a 38-yard field goal for New York but the Jets could do little right over the final two quarters.
"It's always good to have a win," Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. "We got a win now. That's a chip off our shoulder. Now it's time to stack our chips."
Notes: Jets tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) and linebacker Bryan Thomas (hamstring) also missed the game. Fullback John Conner (knee) left in the third quarter and did not return while running back Shonn Greene suffered a head injury in the second quarter, though he returned to action on the first possession of the third period. ... Roethlisberger had thrown three touchdowns and seven interceptions in his career against the Jets coming into Sunday's game. ... The 17-point margin of victory went against recent history as the last four games between the two teams were decided by five points or less. ... Safety Yeremiah Bell and linebacker Davide Harris had 10 tackles each for the Jets and linebacker Garrett McIntyre had two sacks and four tackles for loss. ... Pittsburgh's top tackler was safety Ryan Clark with eight.