Eddie Lacy powers Packers to 14-10 halftime lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 22, 2013 – 4:49 pm

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GREEN BAY — Packers RB Eddie Lacy finished the first half with nine carries for 68 yards, and his 14-yard TD run late in the second quarter gave the Packers a 14-10 halftime lead on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Packers were nearly in position to break a 7-all tie early in the second quarter, with a third-and-8 at the Pittsburgh 35. But a facemask penalty on G Josh Sitton pushed the Packers back to midfield, and then Steelers WR Antonio Brown returned a punt 41 yards to put Pittsburgh on the Green Bay 48.

The Packers defense forced a three-and-out, however, and the two teams traded punts until late in the quarter.

LB Clay Matthews had a key third-down sack — the 50th of his career — for the Packers to stop a Steelers drive that had crossed midfield, but Matthews appeared to hurt his injured hand on the play. He was having his casted thumb looked at on the sideline.

The Packers finally broke the stalemate as the quarter concluded. WR James Jones caught three passes for 27 yards and Lacy had a pair of 11-yard runs to give Green Bay a first down on the Pittsburgh 14 at the two-minute warning.

On the first play after the timeout, Lacy then took a handoff out of a full-house backfield formation, cut back to the left and found open space all the way to the end zone. The Packers’ 71-yard drive gave them a 14-7 lead with 1:53 left in the half.

The Steelers responded with a field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10.  WR Emmanuel Sanders’ 46-yard kickoff return put Pittsburgh on the Green Bay 45 to start, and a 10-yard run by Le’Veon Bell gave Pittsburgh a first down on the Packers’ 13. After two incomplete passes, K Shaun Suisham was good from 31 yards out with 2 seconds left in the half.


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