Packers lose to Steelers, gain optimism

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WBAY) It took the 2nd-longest field goal in Heinz Field history to beat the Packers at the horn. This was not what people expected. Green Bay entered the game at a 14-point underdog for the first time in 7 years but played well. But #7, Brett Hundley, turned in his best performance with 3 TD passed and no turnovers. It’s a loss, but the Packers gained optimism.

"Our guys battled and fought," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I was fully confident that we would come in here and get a win, but we came up short. We will get home late tonight, get things cleaned up, and get on to Tampa Bay."

"We fought, but we just didn’t come out on top," said tight end Richard Rodgers. "Brett played well. We practice great week in and week out. He came out and executed well."

"I didn’t like my performance last week and I wanted to make sure it never happened again," Hundley said. "I just want to give this team an opportunity to win. I feel like we are close, we are really close. We just have to keep putting up points. I have had so much support from my teammates. That’s why this hurts."

"We played some pretty good ball against a really good team today," wide receiver Davante Adams said.

If the Packers play like this, they will beat the Buccaneers and beat the Browns to give Aaron Rodgers a chance to return and run the table to a hopeful postseason berth. As we saw in pregame warm-ups Sunday, Rodgers is throwing the ball, and cutting it loose for tosses longer than 50 yards. The Packers get the loss, but a lot of optimism moving forward, the opposite of last week.