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.
Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Keisel, Cortez Allen, Matt Spaeth, Stevenson Sylvester, Troy Polamalu
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