News now! Late turnover, TD give Packers halftime lead over Steelers

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 23, 2015 – 1:28 pm

150823-q2blog-600PITTSBURGH — A late turnover in the first half by the Steelers led to a Packers TD pass from backup QB Scott Tolzien to TE Richard Rodgers to give Green Bay a 16-9 lead at halftime against Pittsburgh on Sunday at Heinz Field.

On the first possession of the second quarter, Don Barclay’s struggles in his return from a torn ACL continued. Barclay was beaten for Pittsburgh’s second sack of the game, this one by Jarvis Jones on third down, leading to a 3-and-out.

The Steelers took advantage of the good field position, starting at their own 49 and driving 51 yards for the go-ahead TD in seven plays. Ben Roethlisberger hit passes of 20 yards to WR Markus Wheaton, 9 yards to RB Le’Veon Bell and 11 yards to TE Heath Miller before finding Wheaton for a 5-yard TD. The PAT, from 33 yards out, made it 9-8 Steelers with 9:59 left in the half.

The two teams traded punts from there, with the Packers picking up just one first down in two possessions and the Steelers getting one as well.

Pittsburgh QB Bruce Gradkowski then fumbled near midfield just after the 2-minute warning, with Packers LB Adrian Hubbard recovering. That gave Green Bay one last possession with 1:27 left in the half. Gradkowski was reported to have injured a finger.

QB Scott Tolzien then hit TE Richard Rodgers for 6 yards and, after RB Alonzo Harris dropped a screen pass that could have gone for long yardage, Tolzien connected with WR Jeff Janis for back-to-back 9-yard gains, putting the ball on the Pittsburgh 23. After a holding call on Barclay, Tolzien then hit WR Larry Pinkard for 12 yards and then found Rodgers over the middle for a 21-yard TD with just 12 seconds left.

Harris ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Packers led 16-9.


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