The defense came up with another fourth down stop to start the fourth quarter, but the Browns got the ball back when Tashaun Gipson intercepted Ben Roethlisberger. The defense stepped up again, shutting down the Browns and giving the Steelers the ball back. The Steelers made it count with Shaun Suisham’s second field goal of the day, this one from 32 yards out, for a 20-0 lead.
The Browns got on the board with 2:46 to play in the game when Fozzy Whittaker caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell, to cut the lead to 20-7.
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The Steelers defense continued to come up big with the pressure on them, stopping the Browns once again on fourth down and taking over on downs.
It was the offense that then went to work on the heels of Le’Veon Bell setting a Steelers rookie record for most yards from scrimmage and Antonio Brown becoming the first player in NFL history to have five receptions and 50 yards in all 16 games of NFL season, The Steelers went on an 11-play, 54-yard drive that resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.
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Le’Veon Bell got the offense going with a 15-yard scamper, shedding tacklers along with way. Bell added a three-yard carry and Ben Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders for a nine-yard gain. Bell took it for five yards, but Roethlisberger’s pass to Antonio Brown was tipped. Roethlisberger went right back to Brown, who ran out of bounds after a five-yard grab. Bell took it up the middle for seven yards, and moved the chains with a five-yard carry. Roethlisberger hit Brown for seven yards, but a holding call backed them up 10 yards. Roethlisberger connected with Jonathan Dwyer for nine yards, and then hit Bell for six yards. Bell capped the drive with a spin move, and then bruised his way into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown.
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The Steelers offense got rolling with a nine-yard completion to Heath Miller and Jonathan Dwyer moved the chains with a six-yard carry. Le’Veon Bell added a two-yard carry and Ben Roethlisberger avoided the pressure and hit Antonio Brown for a 24-yard gain to the 21-yard line. Roethlisberger couldn’t connect with Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery in the end zone, but on third down went back to Cotchery over the middle for a 12-yard gain. Cotchery capped the drive diving for the goal line on a nine-yard touchdown catch for an early 7-0 lead.
The Browns moved the ball on the ensuing drive, with Jason Campbell guiding them from their own 20-yard line to the Steelers 26-yard line. The defense came up big, with Brett Keisel sacking Campbell, forcing a fumble and Chris Carter recovered at the 23-yard line.
The Browns got the ball right back, though, when Craig Robertson intercepted Roethlisberger. The defense stepped up big, and on fourth down Josh Cooper couldn’t hold on to Campbell’s pass and the Steelers took over on downs.
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As a part of a season-long program the Steelers are honoring ATI Hometown Hero. Cpt Jason E. Lambright will be honored during today’s game agains the Browns. Lambright is a 19 year Combat Veteran of the United States Army and lifelong. Steelers fan. He is at the game with LT Commander Howard Pearce.
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Tamara Tunie, one of the stars of Law & Order SVU and a Homestead native, will perform the National Anthem for the Steelers-Browns game today.
Chris Kirkpatrick from ‘NSync and Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto, who is from West View, will lead the Terrible Towel Twirl.
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The 2013 Coach of the Year is Bob Ravenstahl from Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, who won the State Championship. He receives a grant for his football program of $2,000.
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The Steelers will honor Central Catholic High School and South Fayette High School for winning WPIAL Championships this year during today’s game.
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This week’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Youth Football Co-Captains are Rory Steinmetz and Beccah Bischak.
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Linebacker LaMarr Woodley made Christmas a lot brighter for 100 kids at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA. Woodley, through his foundation, hosted a Christmas Eve party for the kids, complete with Santa Claus and gifts.
“Doing it on Christmas Eve was the best time, helping people out at the holidays,” said Woodley. “It’s a great time. I love to see other people smile and being happy on Christmas and me just sitting back and enjoying their similes.
“You want everybody to have a great Christmas. It’s tough times right now. Helping someone out on Christmas Eve, I know what that feeling can be like.”
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Check out the Steelers notes for this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
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Packers’ linebacker A.J. Hawk intercepted Ben Roethlisberger at the end of the third quarter, and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Matt Spaeth on the play gave the Packers the ball at the Steelers 23-yard line. After a holding penalty, Matt Flynn hit James Jones for a 20-yard reception. James Starks added a three-yard carry, and was held to just two yards on the follow up when hit by Stevenson Sylvester. On third-down Flynn couldn’t hit Jarrett Boykin, who was covered by Cortez Allen. Mason Crosby hit a 22-yard field goal, to pull within a score at 31-24.
The Packers forced a three-and-out, and then their offense came fighting back. Flynn took them on a six play, 58 yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown run by John Kuhn to tie the game at 31-31.
It was up to Roethlisberger completed a 28-yard pass to Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell added a four-yard carry. On third-and-six Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller, who came up a yard short with a five-yard reception. The Steelers went for it on fourth down, with Roethlisberger hitting Will Johnson for a six-yard gain. Two short runs by Bell and an incomplete pass would bring on Mat McBriar for the punt.
The defense once again came up huge on the next series when Troy Polamalu tackled Matt Flynn on a scramble, forcing a fumble and Brett Keisel at the Packers 17-yard line. Bell went for two yards, and after an incompletion Roethlisberger connected with Bell for five yards. Shaun Suisham came on for the field goal, but an offside penalty against the Packers gave the Steelers a first down at the five-yard line. Bell took it for four yards to the one-yard line. Bell took it up the middle for a one-yard touchdown and 38-31 lead with 1:25 to play.
The Packers came back with a 70-yard kickoff return to the 30-yard line. Matt Flynn hit Jordy Nelson for eight yards and Andrew Quarless over the middle for 19 yards. James Starks took it for four yards and a false start backed the Packers up five yards. On the final play of the game, Flynn’s pass was incomplete for the Steelers win.
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The Steelers got the ball to start the half, and used a bit of trickery to stay alive in the opening drive. Faced with a fourth-and-two punter Mat McBriar faked the punt and completed a 30-yard pass to David Paulson. A 15-yard rougher the passer penalty was tacked on to give the Steelers the ball at the 13-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger made it count when he scrambled up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown to take a 17-14 lead.
After stopping the Packers, the Steelers were buried at their own two-yard line. Le’Veon Bell got the carry and fumbled, recovered by Tramon Williams at the three-yard line.
The defense came up huge when Vince Williams stopped Eddie Lacy for a two-yard loss and Matt Flynn couldn’t connect with Jarrett Boykin. On third down Flynn had to throw it away. Mason Crosby’s field goal attempt was blocked, but a penalty for batting the ball forward gave the Packers a first down. The Steelers challenged the call after it was shown Ryan Clark had possession, but the officials stated possession in the field of play is not able to be challenged, giving the Packers the ball at the two-yard line. Lacy took it in from the two to give the Packers a 21-17 lead.
Bell came back strong, hurdling for a 25-yard gain. Bell took it for three more yards, but was stopped for no gain. An unnecessary roughness call on the Packers gave the Steelers a new set of downs. Jonathan Dwyer rattled off a seven yard gain, and Roethlisberger then found Dwyer in the air for a seven-yard gain. Roethlisberger then went to Matt Spaeth for his first catch of the year, an 11-yard touchdown and 24-21 lead.
The defense came up huge again, with Cortez Allen intercepting Flynn and returning it 40 yards for a touchdown to extend the Steelers lead to 31-21.
End of third: Steelers 31, Packers 21
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The Packers got rolling again to start the second quarter with Matt Flynn hitting James Boykin for a 21-yard gain, and a 15-yard roughing the passer call on Cam Heyward was tacked on. Vince Williams held Eddie Lacy to a one-yard gain, and Flynn scrambled and was held to a one-yard gain. On third-and-eight Flynn hit Jordy Nelson for an eight-yard gain, but the play was negated when Josh Sitton was called for a facemask against Jason Worilds, giving the Packers a third-and-23. Flynn had nowhere to go on the play, and was sacked by Worilds for a two-yard loss.
Antonio Brown put the Steelers in good field position with a 41-yard punt return to the Green Bay 48-yard line. The offense wasn’t able to take advantage though, after Le’Veon Bell was stopped for no gain on a third-and-two forcing another Steelers’ punt.
The defense came up with another stop, and the Steelers offense went back to work. Ben Roethlisberger hit Brown for 18 yards, but couldn’t connect with him deep. On third-and-nine Roethlisberger was sacked by Clay Matthews for a five-yard loss.
Flynn got the Packers offense in gear with a 21-yard completion to James Jones and Eddie Lacy added 11 yards. Jordy Nelson added an eight-yard carry and Lacy broke through the middle for 11 yards to the Steelers 14-yard line. Lacy went off left end for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Packers a 14-7 lead.
Emmanuel Sanders returned the kickoff 46 yards to give the Steelers a chance to get on the board before the half. Felix Jones had a seven-yard carry and Heath Miller added a six-yard reception. Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery for nine yards to set up a third-and-one. Bell broke free for a 10 yard gain, With time running out in the half Shaun Suisham hit a 31-yard field goal to close the gap to 14-10 at halftime.
Halftime: Steelers 10, Packers 14
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The Packers won the toss and elected to receive, but a fired up Steelers’ defense forced a three and out after Lawrence Timmons sacked Matt Flynn for an eight yard loss on third-and-two.
Le’Veon Bell got things going for the Steelers with an 11-yard run and Heath Miller added a six-yard reception. But penalties backed the Steelers up, forcing a Mat McBriar punt.
Flynn went to work from the Packers 13-yards line, driving them down the field where he connected with James Boykin for a five-yard touchdown pass to cap a 13 play, 87 yard drive in 5:19 for a 7-0 lead.
Bell got the call again to open the drive, rushing for two yards and then breaking free for a 22-yard gain. Ben Roethlisberger went to the air, hitting Antonio Brown for a 36-yard gain to the Packers 13-yard line. Bell added a two-yard carry and fought for seven more. On third and one he converted with a three-yard carry. Roethlisberger found a wide open Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone for the three-yard touchdown to tie it at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
First Quarter – Steelers 7, Packers 7
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