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
Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Cortez Allen, David Paulson, Jonathan Dwyer, Matt Spaeth
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