PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers had the ball, 17 seconds and about 30 yards to go to keep away from additional time towards relentlessly resilient Inexperienced Bay.
Oh, and the Steelers had Antonio Brown. The Packers didn’t. And 17 seconds, 30ish yards supplied fully by Pittsburgh’s do-everything large receiver and one 53-yard discipline objective from Chris Boswell later, the Steelers have been dancing on the emblem at midfield following a 31-28 escape on Sunday evening.
Pittsburgh (9-2) received its sixth straight behind Brown, who completed with 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. But the most important seize was a 23-yard toe-tap alongside the sideline on the primary snap of his crew’s last-gasp drive that put the Steelers close to the perimeter of Boswell’s vary.
At first, it regarded as if Brown was out of bounds. Two officers conferred for greater than 15 seconds earlier than ruling Brown someway managed to get each ft down. The decision stood on replay.
A extra standard 14-yard reception on the following snap pushed the Steelers nearer. Boswell’s career-long blast slipped contained in the left upright to maintain Pittsburgh tied with New England atop the AFC and maintain Brown’s teammates looking for superlatives.
“It is one factor to do it in observe on a Thursday,” guard David Decastro stated. “To do it in that state of affairs to get into discipline objective vary? I simply, I suppose how will you not be shocked?”
“I knew immediately I had it,” Brown stated. “I received my hand on the ball. I knew it was a catch.”
One the Steelers wanted to keep away from maybe one other mystifying loss. Regardless that the Packers have been lacking quarterback Aaron Rodgers, operating again Ty Montgomery and linebacker Clay Matthews, they pushed Pittsburgh to the restrict.
Brett Hundley accomplished 17 of 26 for 245 yards and three touchdowns for the Packers (5-6) in his greatest begin since taking up when Rodgers went on injured reserve with a damaged collarbone final month. Jamaal William ran for 66 yards, together with a Four-yard leap into the top zone with 2:02 that tied it at 28.
“I simply need to give this crew a possibility to win,” Hundley stated. “And I really feel like we have been actually shut.”
Hundley really had an opportunity to drag off a Rodgers-like successful drive. However Inexperienced Bay went three-and-out after getting the ball with 1:20 to go. The Packers punted it again to Pittsburgh with 17 seconds left. Simply sufficient time, it seems, for Brown to do his factor and for Boswell to do his.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and particular groups coordinator Danny Smith did not strategy Boswell earlier than Boswell headed onto the sphere to kick into the difficult closed finish of Heinz Area. That is not what they do.
“I do not inform them numbers, they do not ask me numbers,” Boswell stated. “If we’d like it, we’d like it and I kick it. That is about it.”
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 351 yards with 4 touchdowns and two interceptions. Le’Veon Bell ran for 95 yards and added one other 88 yards receiving but additionally had a fumble that stalled a drive early within the fourth quarter. The Steelers outgained Inexperienced Bay 462-307 and had the ball for almost 34 minutes.
But the Packers counterpunched repeatedly behind Hundley, who threw landing passes of 39, 54 and 55 yards then later guided Inexperienced Bay on a 12-play, 77-yard drive that was almost sufficient to ship the sport to additional time.
“It was a detailed recreation and it got here all the way down to the wire and it hurts when you do not end it off,” Inexperienced Bay large receiver Davante Adams stated. “I believe this crew can rally collectively and end robust.”
“THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM”
The often taciturn (at the least when cameras are rolling) Tomlin raised eyebrows throughout a pregame interview wherein he harassed he believes his crew can win the Tremendous Bowl and allowed there’s part of him fascinated by New England’s go to to Heinz Area on Dec. 17.
“We have got soccer crew,” Tomlin stated. “I’ve received a substantial amount of confidence in them. Everyone in America is aware of it is a huge recreation. We could not deny it if we needed to.”
The Packers have been up 21-14 and had the ball in Pittsburgh territory within the third quarter when head coach Mike McCarthy despatched Mason Crosby out to aim a 57-yard discipline objective, a dangerous transfer at greatest not to mention in maybe the toughest stadium within the league to kick.
Crosby’s low knuckler was by no means shut and the Steelers took benefit of the quick discipline to even the rating at 21 on the primary of Brown’s two landing grabs.
“We wanted factors,” McCarthy stated. “You take a look at the move of the sport … that is the best resolution.”
With Steelers rookie large receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster out with a hamstring drawback, Martavis Bryant and had his best recreation since getting back from a year-long drug suspension that value him your entire 2016 season. Bryant completed with 99 whole yards and his first landing since Week 2.
Packers: Host Tampa Bay subsequent Sunday. Inexperienced Bay is Zero-Three at house since Rogers was injured.
Steelers: At Cincinnati on Monday, Dec. Four. Pittsburgh beat the Bengals 29-14 on Oct. 22.
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