PITTSBURGH — The Steelers scored 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat the Packers, 24-19, in a preseason game on Sunday at Heinz Field, but of far greater concern to the Packers was the status of injured WR Jordy Nelson.
Nelson limped off the field after making a leaping catch in the first quarter and did not return. It was reported in the press box that he had a knee injury, but no other information was provided before the game ended. Another starter on offense, G T.J. Lang, also left the game and was being evaluated for a concussion.
As for the game, the fourth quarter began with the Packers nearly getting a turnover, as S Jean Fanor tipped a third-down pass that S Sean Richardson dove for and snagged. It was ruled incomplete, though, and Green Bay’s challenge did not get the call overturned, so the Steelers punted.
Pittsburgh kept the ball, though, as Packers rookie LB James Vaughters was called for roughing-the-punter on what appeared to be minimal, if any, contact with the punter. That put the Steelers at midfield, but a false start penalty and two dropped passes stalled the drive, leading to another punt.
After a Green Bay three-and-out, Pittsburgh moved into scoring territory again on a 17-yard pass to WR Shakim Phillips and a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty on Packers DL Bruce Gaston. QB Landry Jones then hit WR Tyler Murphy for a 22-yard TD pass, but the Packers retained a one-point lead when CB Ryan White broke up the 2-point pass intended for Murphy. With 10:09 left, the Packers were still ahead, 19-18.
An intentional grounding penalty on QB Brett Hundley led to another three-and-out for the Packers, and a poor punt by Tim Masthay gave the Steelers good field position at their own 40.
Murphy took a short pass on a crossing route on third down and turned it into a 25-yard gain, giving the Steelers another scoring chance. Phillips converted another third down with a 10-yard slant pass, and Phillips than hauled in a 20-yard TD pass over CB Tay Glover-Wright to put the Steelers in front. White intercepted the 2-point pass in the end zone, but the Packers trailed 24-19 with 4:26 left.
Matt Blanchard took over at QB for the Packers, but the offense still couldn’t get moving. Blanchard was sacked on fourth-and-short in Green Bay territory with 3:20 left. The Steelers moved inside the 10-yard line after a roughing-the-passer penalty on Packers LB Jermauria Rasco and then took a knee.
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