The Packers were no doubt the underdogs against the Steelers. After some big plays, and a breakout game from Brett Hundley, the upset seemed possible.
In the first half the Packers hit on the big plays that seemed to be missing in the abscence of Aaron Rodgers. A 39 yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Jamaal Williams breaking loose for a 54 yard touchdown on a screen pass. Then a 55 yard touchdown to Davante Adams at the beginning of the second half.
Green Bay held a 21-14 lead over Pittsburgh after a nearly perfect start by Brett Hundley.
Even the defense was coming up with big plays. Interceptions by Damarious Randall and Blake Martinez, as well as a Le’Veon Bell lost fumble. Unfortunately for Green Bay they were unable to take advantage.
One of the moments that will draw plenty of questions is head coach Mike McCarthy choosing to attempt a Mason Crosby field goal from 57 yards following the second of Green Bay’s three turnovers. Crosby was wide left on the kick, and Pittsburgh responded by marching down the field for the tying touchdown.
Green Bay followed up with two more drives that went in the wrong direction. In six plays the Packers found them selves losing 21 yards of offense.
Meanwhile Pittsburgh was taking advantage of the change in momentum. A touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown put Pittsburgh back in front for the first time since it was 7-0. Just like that Green Bay needed to respond, and quickly.
A 25 yard completion from Hundley to Richard Rodgers jump started the Packers offense. Later it was Jordy Nelson reaching for the sticks to convert on a third and one. Hundley followed up with a fourth down pass to Adams to help set up a Jamaal Williams touchdown run.
A drive that saw nearly every member of the Packers offense contribute in some way helped Green Bay tie the game with just over two minutes remaining.
Hundley and company would get the ball back after a big stop by the defense but were unable to pick up a first down. Pittsburgh only had 13 seconds left on the clock to get into field goal range, but that proved to be enough time.
Antonio Brown had a pair of touchdowns against the Packers on Sunday, but his biggest catch of night may have been along the sidelines on the final drive. Roethlisberger found his star wide receiver for a 25 yard gain to get Pittsburgh into Packers territory on the first play.
A few plays later Chris Boswell was lining up try a 53-yard field goal, and split the uprights. On a night when the Packers made plenty of big plays, they came up just a couple short. Falling to Pittsburgh 31-28 in heartbreaking fashion.