Defense saves the day. Photo Courtesy: Steelers.com
It’s hard to say the Defense was played big, especially when the final score of a game is 38-31. But, the Steelers D deserves plenty of credit for making several big plays to lead to victory.
After Le’Veon Bell’s fumble on the Steelers three yard line up 17 to 14 in the third quarter, the Defense rose up and kept Green Bay out of the end zone on three downs, then blocked the field goal attempt by Mason Crosby before being robbed on the non possession/batting call.
The D stepped up again—after a quick TD by Ben Roethlisberger to Matt Spaeth—when Cortez Allen picked off Packer QB Matt Flynn and took it in for a touchdown. In all they had 3 sacks, an interception and a fumble that set up the game winning touchdown by Bell.
The Special teams deserves a game ball. For the second week in a row the third unit made a huge plays to keep the Steelers playoff hopes alive. The fake punt pass for 30 yards was a momentum swinging play that helped spur the offense, then the blocked field goal.
Give a game ball also to Le’Veon Bell, who even after his fumble, came back and rushed for 124 yards—his first career 100 yard game and the Steelers first in 23 games.
One word describes this team: RESILIENT. Coach Mike Tomlin will not let this team quit. I have to admit, i buried this team after the debacle in New England, and again after the slim loss in Baltimore. But, If they keep playing this way in all three phases of the game and make the playoffs, they will be a tough out. This is a different team than the one taking the field before Thanksgiving night.
Next week STEELER fans will have to root for the opponents of the Chargers, Ravens and Dolphins. Losses by San Diego, Baltimore and Miami will give the Black & Gold the 6th seed. Plenty has to happen and already has for Pittsburgh to have this opportunity. But, after an 0-4 start to the 2013 Season, who would’ve believed the Steelers still have a chance to play in the second season?