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Instant Reaction: Playoff Hopes Still Alive After Wild 38-31 Steelers Win In GB

The day started with the Steelers needing help and a win to continue their dreams of playing football past week 17 of the NFL season.

For one day – it all worked out.

A big day by Le’Veon Bell and 14 points off two Green Bay turnovers was enough as the Steelers topped the Packers 38-31 in a game that was as crazy as the Steelers have played all season.

The end came when with :10 seconds left and the Packers on the Steelers 6 after a long kick return, Matt Flynn tried to hit Jarrett Boykin in the end zone, and it was too high and there was good coverage by Ike Taylor to save the win.

The win puts the Steelers at 7-8, and they have the Browns at home next week but need help from a few other teams to reach the postseason.

Bell had 124 yards on 26 carries, the first 100+ yard rusher for the Steelers since Issac Redmen last season, 22 games ago.

Ben Roethlisberger was 16-for-28 for 167 yards with two TD’s and an interception by Packers LB A.J. Hawk.

The game had it’s controversary, as the refs appeared to blow a call on a blocked Packers field goal, stating Green Bay got the ball back after Cam Heyward batted it forward.

The call was that neither team had possession after the block, but it was clear that Ryan Clark had the ball and lateraled it back, but the call could not be reviewed.

The Packers rallied from 31-21 to tie the game at 31 when former Steeler FB John Kuhn rushed for a 1-yard score with 7:12 to play.

The Steelers D made the play of the day when Troy Polamalu forced a Matt Flynn fumble inside the 20, which Brett Keisel recovered.

An offsides on a field goal gave the Steelers a first down, and Bell went in for the game-winning score.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Dave B.

    December 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Once again , this was a nice road win over another good team , but the fact remains , its to little to late . The damage is already done . The Steelers are still a mediocre football team with a defense that has to be rebuilt . If for some reason the Steelers would get help and manage to sneak in the playoffs , do we honestly believe were going to go to New England or Denver and win ? Im sorry , but I dont .

    • Jay

      December 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      That’s why you are a jackass

      • Dave B.

        December 23, 2013 at 6:22 am

        First off , like anybody else , its my opinion , and that doesnt make me a jackass . As far as calling people names like a little kid in grade school , and you call me a jackass ? Take a hard look in the mirror .

  2. Terry

    December 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    It was nice to see a good win. I don’t think we’ll be making the playoffs as the chargers are getting hot. BUT crazier things have happened. After going 0-4 it would be a hell of a story and I’m happy they still have a shot. Let’s go Steelers!

    • stuart hull

      December 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Indeed, I’ll never forget the drive for SB XL, I had the good fortune of living in Pittsburgh at the time and got a ticket to that amazing Chicago game, in that blizzard when Bertis owned, pretty much the beginning of the run to Detroit right there… Damn that was cold but something I’ll always cherish!
      After that I learned to never say never when it comes to the black & gold…

  3. thor m

    December 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Good win. But like alwsys our kick off coverage was horrendous. I was so irritated that they were even in scoring position.

    Also.. it was ziggy not cam who batted the ball..

  4. stuart hull

    December 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Um, BETTIS, not Bertis lol, stupid spell correction…

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