The fact that the Green Bay Packers are currently without Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, along with owning a 5-5 record coming into Sunday night, may have given the Pittsburgh Steelers a false sense of relief. Green Bay put up a fight all night long and it would take a last second field goal from Chris Boswell to secure a 31-28 Pittsburgh victory.
The Steelers drove the opening drive right down the field and capped it with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Xavier Grimble. A missed extra point would mean only a six-point lead for the black and gold. The Packers would own the rest of the quarter with two touchdown drives. The first came on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Brett Hundley to Randall Cobb. Hundley would then connect with Jamaal Williams for a 54-yard touchdown pass to put Green Bay up eight.
Pittsburgh would tie the game up at 14 in the second quarter when Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant in the corner of the end zone. Bryant would see more playing time in this game because of a hamstring injury to Ju Ju Smith-Schuster. The two-point conversion from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown was good.
Green Bay would continue to battle in the second half. Hundley would throw his third touchdown pass of the night when he connected with Davante Adams from 55-yards out. However, Roethlisberger would find Brown for a 1-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 21 shortly before the third quarter would come to an end.
That connection would strike again midway through the fourth from 33-yards out to give Pittsburgh a 28-21 lead. Packers running back Jamaal Williams would rush up the middle for a 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game with 2:02 remaining. The Steelers would use their final drive to get in field goal range for Boswell, and he would connect on a 53-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh the hard-fought victory.
While teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots seem to win convincingly every week, the Steelers grind them out week after week. In reality there is not much to complain about, as they almost have the AFC North Division crown wrapped up and they currently have the number one seed in the AFC.
Overall Record: 9-2
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