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Packers trail Steelers, 31-21, after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 22, 2013 – 5:56 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers trailed the Steelers, 31-21, after three quarters of play and a lot of frenzied action late in the quarter.

The Steelers opened the second half with a fake-punt pass that gained 30 yards and tacked on 15 yards for a roughing-the-passer penalty. It put the ball on the Packers 13-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger then ran out of the pocket and up the middle for 13 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers led, 17-14, with 11:51 to play in the third quarter.

It was announced that linebacker Clay Matthews was out for the remainder of the game due to a thumb injury he sustained late in the second quarter when Matthews sacked Roethlisberger.

Eddie Lacy set a Packers rookie rushing record, going past John Brockington.

A Tim Masthay punt was dead at the 2-yard line and one play later the Packers recovered a Le’Veon Bell fumble at the Steelers 3-yard line. Bell was initially ruled down and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling and it was reversed.

The Steelers held and forced a Mason Crosby field goal and it was blocked by the Steelers, but the Steelers were flagged for illegal batting and the Packers got a new set of downs at the Steelers 2-yard line. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin then threw a challenge flag but was denied a challenge. Eddie Lacy scored on the next play and the Packers had a 21-17 lead with 5:19 to play in the third quarter.

Pittsburgh immediately roared back on the strength of a 25-yard run by Bell, who is over 100 yards rushing in the game.

Roethlisberger completed a 7-yard pass to Jonathan Dwyer for a first down at the Packers 11-yard line, and one play later Roethlisberger threw to Matt Spaeth for a touchdown. The Steelers led, 24-21, with 1:55 to play in the third quarter. The drive went 68 yards in six plays.

On the Packers’ next play, Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown. The Steelers led, 31-21, with 1:37 to play.

The quarter ended with the Packers in possession of the ball following an A.J. Hawk interception.


Posted in Packers.com Blog | 64 Comments »


64 Responses to “Packers trail Steelers, 31-21, after three quarters”

  1. By Canadian Bill on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Camon Pack

  2. By Nanniz on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s go Pack!!! You can do it!!

  3. By Bob Griffin III on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Ben Rapistburger will choke don’t worry peeps

  4. By P on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    don’t turn the ball over please.

  5. By Pccy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    run it in

  6. By Kuhn on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    KUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHN

  7. By DCkasekopf on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Packers tied, Lions tied…. I think the Bears must just be wetting themselves.

  8. By Twofaced Debbie on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I knew they could get back into it!

  9. By Nanniz on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    DEFENSE – DEFENSE – DEFENSE!

  10. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    MD Jennings SU-CK AS-S

  11. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    THE BACK FIELD NEEDS TO STEP UP!!!!

  12. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    LETS GO PACK!!!! THIS IS THE SUPER BOWL PLAY!!!!!

  13. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    GO PACK GO!!!! GO PACK GO !!!! GO PACK GO!!!!

  14. By Mr. Magoo on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I BELIEVE

  15. By DCkasekopf on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    They need to stop somebody. It says a lot when you don’t even punt from midfield in a tie game.

  16. By Chad on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    STOP!

  17. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    DON’T TURN THE BALL OVER AND JUST RUN IT IN.

  18. By Chad on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    This is it…

  19. By Nanniz on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    This is the game! Let’s go O!!! YOU CAN DO IT!

  20. By Chad on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    3rd and 8…ugh…

  21. By Nanniz on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Man

  22. By Chad on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Wow…that was a dull thud…

  23. By Chad on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I’m on the radio…was he down?

  24. By Chad on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Well, there went the season i’m afraid guys.

  25. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    GOT A LOVE THAT FLYNN!!!

  26. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Only hope now is Eagles beat the Bears!!!

  27. By DCkasekopf on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Too bad. The Giants have the ball on the Lions 27 in OT

  28. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I hate to say it, but the Packers got out coached!!!

  29. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    OUT COACHED!!!

  30. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t even WIN at home!!! soooooo sad!! Time to go to ACE HARDWARE and pick up a couple dozen brooms!!!!

  31. By DCkasekopf on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    This may be the worst special teams play ever. But the Giants just beat the Lions- so it’s up to the Eagles and next week….

  32. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    common eagles

  33. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I’m an Eagles fan now, GO EAGLES GO.

  34. By israelipacker on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    ogh the humanity!! how stupid!!

  35. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    GO EAGLES GO!

  36. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    this is it for Flynn!! MAN OR MOUSE!!!

  37. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    TERRIBLE COACHING!!!! MCCARTHY SUCKS BIG DIC-SSSSSS

  38. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    GO EAGLES GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    FYLNN SHOULD OF BEEN LOOKING FOR NELSON!!! WIDE OPEN!!! FLYNN IS WORTHLESS!!!!

  40. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    frozen, you suc-k a-ss.

  41. By ihatemikemcarthy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    castrate Flynn he is a total fing failure choker a hole

  42. By Ylowe on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I know it hurts but this team has no business anywhere near a playoff game.

  43. By ihatemikemcarthy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Flynn is a dumbarse and so is our o line

  44. By DarwinsMyth on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Flynn… Jordy Nelson was open in the endzone!!!!

  45. By ihatemikemcarthy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    you r right – this team deserves no playoffs at all – the d is pathetic and we make too many dumb arse mistakes – f them

  46. By hectort1983 on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    The Packers just choked……..

  47. By ihatemikemcarthy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    the packers had horrid clock mgt with 55 left

  48. By ihatemikemcarthy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    McCarthy always seems to be 10 seconds behind real life

  49. By ihatemikemcarthy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    we choked like the badgers volley ball team and all other wisconsin teams do

  50. By bumbum on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    blaming flynn? what about that stupid penalties by raji, perry and barclay?? you don’t deserve the Playoffs if you’re that dumb!

  51. By frozen tundra on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    M.M. IS A PATHETIC WORTHLESS COACH!!! HE GOES TO THE SHORTEST RECEIVER ON THE FIELD WHEN YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR YOUR BEST RECEIVER ON THE FIELD, WITCH IS JORDY!!! AND YEA! WIDE OPEN!!! YOU SUCK MCCARTHY!!!

  52. By OKGOPACK on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Go, Eagles, beat the Bears!

  53. By sandy becker on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I am on board with anyone saying this is NOT a Playoff team!! I have too much respect for the players to not watch them suffer thru a blowout on the road to a REAL PLAYOFF CONTENDER!! It’s just Selfish to wish that upon them so you can pencil in ONE MORE TAILGATE!!

  54. By yocomp on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    MM MUST GO

  55. By yocomp on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    TT AND CAPPERS ALSO

  56. By tzag on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t understand how Packer fans can blame Flynn at all and the hostility towards him. The guy came in with zero practice and was thrown into games with zero practice and kept our playoff hopes alive. We would have lost seven straight without Flynn righting the ship. You all should be thanking Flynn for stopping the bleeding of this team and winning some football games for us to give us a chance. Give Flynn a full season under center like Rodgers and see how good Flynn would be with this offense. He doesn’t have the arm of Rodgers, no doubt, but he doesn’t throw the ball up and takes good care of it. He’s done an exceptional job. If you want to blame anyone the organization takes the blame of not having a backup. We got LUCKY to have Flynn available at that time. There was no other QB that new our system like Flynn. He’s basically playing preseason games right now so quit crying about Flynn. He’s gave us some remarkable comebacks and made this team believe. Having said that our Defense has heart but just not the athleticism to play at the higher level. We need an overhaul on much of our defensive line. Next year we’ll finally have our two 1st round offensive lineman with a healthy offense (Cobb, Rodgers) back. Offense is set. I wouldn’t waste ONE draft pick on offense this year. I’d draft every defensive player I could find if Flynn accepts being a backup for our team. Go Eagles. 14-0 already Eagles at Philly. Also, No more Rodgers Drama. he won’t be back next week. Hope for the best expect the worst.

  57. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    fire Magic Mike, Dan Casper, and Timmy T.

  58. By Bob duffy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    You do not win championships with a poor defense maybe the defense which now cannot stop the run and has no one that can rush the quarterback can get some speed rushers to get after a qb try staying out of the buffet lines and add some quickness to both one linebackers and linemen

  59. By Bob duffy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    A healthy Rodgers does no good with a horrible defense like we have tell shields to worry About who he playing against he is no shut down corner

  60. By Lacy on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    A healthy Rodgers will be great for the Packers nation.

  61. By Bob Griffin III on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

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