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Steelers stack wins after beating the Packers 23-19

Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers were winners in Week 9, and the Week 10 matchup at Acrisure Stadium had many wondering which team would “stack wins” and which would find another tally in the loss column.

The third of three straight home games for the Steelers started with the offense taking the field first after the Packers won the opening coin toss and deferred their possession to the second half. For the second straight week, the Steelers put together a drive which resulted in a touchdown. A great mix of power running and timely passing got the offense into the red-zone. Once there, it was Najee Harris going untouched into the end-zone for the touchdown.

Chris Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 7-0 with 10:01 left in the first quarter.

Green Bay’s offense, like Pittsburgh’s, has not been great in the first half this season; however, they put together an impressive drive featuring Jordan Love creating time in the pocket and finding receivers downfield. It resulted in an early red-zone trip, and facing a 3rd-and-7 Love hit wide receiver Romeo Doubs for the touchdown. The extra point was good, making the score 7-7 with 4:42 left in the opening quarter.

Following a kickoff out of bounds, the Steelers second drive started at their own 40-yard line. The offense methodically moved the ball down the field, and at the end of the 1st quarter was nearing the red-zone. The second red-zone trip ended the same as the first, with a rushing touchdown. This one though was Jaylen Warren hitting pay dirt.

Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 14-7 with 14:12 left in the first half.

Pittsburgh’s defense warmed to the task, forcing their first three-and-out on the next Green Bay drive, and the Steelers offense was able to take their third possession and add more points to their score. However, it was by way of a 42-yard Chris Boswell field goal. The kick made the score 17-7 with 8:08 left in the first half.

Trailing by two scores, the Packers needed an answer, and it looked as if the drive was stalled when Love and company faced a 3rd and 16, but Love hit Jayden Reed for a 35-yard touchdown. On the extra point, Patrick Peterson exploded around the edge to block the kick, making the score 17-13 with 4:14 still in the second quarter.

Both teams were unable to do anything with the rest of their possessions, and both teams headed into halftime with the Steelers ahead 17-13.

Green Bay started the second half with the football, and a short kick resulted in a big return to give the Packers the ball in Pittsburgh territory. It looked like the Packers, who converted a 4th and 6, might extend the drive and add a touchdown to their total. However, a Love incompletion resulted in an Anders Carlson field goal to make the score 17-16 with 9:08 left in the third quarter.

A Steelers three-and-out gave the ball right back to the Packers, and Jordan Love and company continued to heat up as the game progressed. Huge 3rd down conversions moved the ball into the red-zone, but the “bend, don’t break” Steelers defense stood tall when the field shortened and forced a field goal. The Carlson kick made the score 19-17.

Starting at the 35-yard line, the Steelers took over with just under 3 minutes left in the quarter. The offense hadn’t seen much success since the first quarter, but they were finally able to add to their point total. After Pickett hit Pickens to move the ball into Green Bay territory, the offense was able to get into Chris Boswell’s field goal range. The 49-yard field goal was good, making the score 20-19 with just over a minute left in the third quarter.

Green Bay and Pittsburgh both exchanged multiple possessions before the Steelers got the ball back with 9:45 left in regulation, and they moved the ball on the ground all the way to the red-zone. Powered by Jaylen Warren, the Steelers got in scoring range, but a failed 3rd and 2 equated in another Boswell field goal.

Trailing 23-19 with 5:14 remaining, the Packers converted on a 3rd and 10, moving the ball near the red-zone. Looking like they were going to take the lead, a pass into the end-zone was knocked into the air by Patrick Peterson and intercepted by Keanu Neal in the end-zone.

Pittsburgh had a chance to ice away the game by not giving the ball back to Green Bay. During the drive, which included a Kenny Pickett scramble on 3rd down for a first down, the Steelers forced the Packers to use all their timeouts. However, coming out of the 2-minute warning the Steelers faced a 3rd and 10. It looked as if the Steelers did that when Pickett hit Pickens, but an offensive pass interference call on Calvin Austin III negated the play. It resulted in a punt.

Green Bay got the ball back trailing 4 with 59 seconds remaining and no timeouts left. A huge completion moved the ball to the Steelers 35, but the drive ended when Jordan Love’s pass on with 3 seconds left intercepted by Damontae Kazee.

The Steelers win moves their record to 6-3 on the season, and they now prepare for back-to-back road games starting with the Cleveland Browns in Week 11. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers.


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