Steelers Nip Green Bay And Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

December 23, 2013
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The Pittsburgh Steelers can still qualify for the NFl playoffs — if four things go their way next Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Steelers (7-8) took care of business this past Sunday, beating the Packers 38-31 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  A strip by Troy Polamalu, followed by the recovery of the fumble by teammate Brett Keisel, led to a tie-breaking touchdown run by Le’Veon Bell with 1:28 remaining in the game.

After Green Bay (7-7-1) drove to the Pittsburgh one-yard line and a penalty forced the Packers back to the six, the Steelers broke up a pass in the end zone as time expired.

Pittsburgh will close the regular season with a home game against Cleveland next Sunday.  If the Steelers win, and the Ravens lose in Cincinnati, and the Chargers lose at home to Kansas City and the Jets beat the Dolphins in Miami, Pittsburgh would finish in a five-way tie for the final AFC Wild Card playoff spot, and would win the five-way tiebreaker.  Otherwise, the Steelers’ season will end.

In Sunday’s win in Green Bay, in addition to the touchdown run by Bell, Ben Roethlisberger threw TD passes to Emmanuel Sanders and Matt Spaeth.  Roethlisberger also scored on his first touchdown run  of the season, Cortez Allen ran back an interception 40 yards for a score and Shaun Suisham kicked a 31-yard field goal.

Bell posted his first 100-yard rushing game, carrying the ball 26 times for 124 yards.  Antonio Brown passed the 100 receptions mark for the season with six catches for 105 yards.  Roethlisberger completed 16-of-28 passes for 167 yards with one interception.

For the Packers, Eddie Lacy scored on two first-half touchdown runs before leaving the game with an injury.  Former Steelers running back John Kuhn also scored on a TD run.  Matt Flynn threw a TD pass to Jarrett Boykin, and Mason Crosby kicked a 22-yard field goal.

Because Chicago lost to Philadelphia on Sunday night, Green Bay’s playoff hopes also stayed alive going into the season’s final weekend.

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