BLOG: Packers vs. Steelers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The 2-1 Green Bay Packers host the 1-2 Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.
With 4 minutes and change remaining in the game, the Steelers narrowed the Packers lead to 27-17. Najee Harris jumped over a dog pile to reach the end zone on the 1-yard play.
Both teams had some anxious and exciting moments in the 4th quarter, but through the first 10 minutes neither side has capitalized.
The Packers appeared to take more damage early in the fourth quarter when Darnell Savage was checked out on the field. He walked off on his own power and returned to the game soon after.
Towards the end of the 3rd, the Packers cut another Steelers drive short of the first-down line, but Jaire Alexander was walked off the field but rode a cart to the locker room. The Packers said he had a shoulder injury and was questionable to return. The game had one quarter and some odd minutes remaining.
Randall Cobb pulls it in again! On 1st and goal, Aaron Rodgers had to run out of the pocket again but saw his favorite target right in front of him as he ran. Packers lead, 27-10 in the third.
It was Rodgers’ 420th touchdown pass, tying Dan Marino for 6th all-time in the NFL.
The Steelers struggled to regain momentum in the 3rd quarter, thanks to a rested Packers defense that, by Chris Roth’s estimate, spent about 45 minutes off the field.
On 3rd-and-goal in the third, a Rodgers pass in the end zone is out of reach. The Packers are satisfied with a Mason Crosby field goal for a 20-10 lead. This, after Rodgers was sacked with help from T.J. Watt’s leg.
It’s halftime. Green Bay leads Pittsburgh, 17-10.
What was that?! The Pittsburgh Steelers knocked down a field goal attempt and ran it all the way back for a touchdown, only to have the referees call it back for off-sides, giving the Packers a first down.
In what must’ve looked to fans in the stadium like a replay in real life, Mason Crosby took the kick again. This time it wasn’t blocked, and the Packers restored their 7-point lead, 17-10.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur can be seen on the sidelines waving his arms. He’s trying to play against his opponents with a round of Get Loud Lambeau.
The Packers D-line kept the Steelers out of the end zone, denying JuJu Smith-Schuster a touchdown. Christopher Bowell was brought in for a 52-yard field goal attempt. The ball hit the upright and bounced into the goal, good for 3 points. The Packers lead narrowed, 14-10.
The Packers capitalized on a Steelers turnover. Once again, Randall Cobb is in Aaron Rodgers’ crosshairs on a third down, this time to catch a pass in the end zone. The Packers take the lead, 14-7.
Preston Smith returned to the field and helped the D-line rush through to Roethlisberger. Two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter, the Packers knocked Roethlisberger’s elbow as he dropped back, causing him to drop the ball. Green Bay recovered it.
Under pressure from the Steelers defense, Aaron Rodgers runs out of the pocket and takes the ball to the end zone himself. The four-yard run helps tie the game, 7-7.
The second quarter began with a pass to Randall Cobb on 3rd down, getting the Packers to the 10-yard line. Cobb caught two 3rd down conversions on the drive.
The Packers made progress moving down the field in the closing seconds of the first quarter, but the quarter ends with the Steelers ahead, 7-0.
We’re told Preston Smith is questionable to return with a shoulder injury. This is why he walked off the field a while earlier.
The Packers tried to get within field-goal range on their opening drive, but that plan was dashed when Aaron Rodgers was sacked by Devin Bush.
Pittsburgh scored first in the opening minutes of the game on a 45-yard touchdown pass. 7-0 Steelers.
It’s the first time the Steelers visited Lambeau Field since 2013 and the earliest these two teams met in a season since 1992. Surprisingly, it’s Aaron Rodgers’s first game against the Steelers since his MVP performance in Super Bowl XLV, even though the teams have met since then. Read Dave Schroeder’s Fast 5 Pack Facts.
Preston Smith walked off the field and was taken to the medical tent. He returned a short time later and sat on the bench.
The Packers won the coin toss but deferred.
Hey, don’t we know this guy?
We were also happy to read this from the Green Bay Packers after Aaron Jones nearly lost his father’s cremains that he keeps in a football-shaped pendant close to his heart (see our report last month).
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