Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 2013 Game 15
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Aaron Rodgers sitting out again is of course the top story line. The Packers seem to go out of their way to prove that injury decisions are not influenced by winning or losing.
Does Matt Flynn have another week of magic left in that feeble arm?
The Steelers are playing much better of late and are a team that won’t be affected by playing in snow and/or cold weather.
Today’s game is the first time the teams have met since Super Bowl XLV.
Today’s captains for the Packers: – WR Jarrett Boykin (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and FB John Kuhn (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
51 LB Nate Palmer
65 G Lane Taylor
73 G/C JC Tretter
99 DE Jerel Worthy
The Packers placed TE Brandon Bostick and DE Johnny Jolly on injured reserve Saturday, reducing the roster to 51 players. Therefore, only five players are listed as inactive instead of the usual seven.
10 QB Matt Flynn starts for Rodgers, and 76 DT Mike Daniels starts for Jolly.
3 QB Landry Jones
14 WR Derek Moye
39 CB Isaiah Green
44 LB Jamaal Westerman
71 G/C David Snow
92 DT Hebron Fangupo
93 LB Jarvis Jones
54 LB Chris Carter starts for Jones and 28 CB Cortez Allen starts for 22 CB William Gay.
The comeback: A tremendous feeling, obviously. We have a highlight tape we watch every week and Wayne and Larry, you guys are all over it.
Atlanta halftime vs. Dallas: InAtlanta there was a lot more juice and activity in the locker room. Whereas in Dallas it was more of a focus thing. It was , “lets not go out and try to do to much, let’s take one drive at a time and crawl back into this game.” The approach and the way the players went about it was an experience I’ll be able to draw from.
Fear of a letdown: If you look at your week of preparation there are some strong indicators of how your team is going to play. Our team has been full of energy all week… I feel strongly our team will come out strong today.
Steelers: The last fore-five weeks they’ve been playing extremely well. A lot of new faces, but they’re coming together. Best group of returns we’ve seen. They’re record does not fit what we’ve seen on film preparing this week.
Steelers get the ball outside quickly: A lot of outside screens to playmakers. ben’s doing a good job handling the run/paSS check at th line of scrimmage.
Turnovers: They do go in streaks. I think theh focus for today is the offense and return game, they need to take care of the football, defense has to take it away. The tackling will be very important today, a lot of over the middle plays, tackling angles will be critical and very evident today.
Packers vs. Steelers – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and elect to receive. That’s a change, but the real question is, how do they win so many coin tosses?
Flynn takes a sack on 3rd down – never saw him coming. Shades of last week’s first half…
Brett Keisel – most “old-school” looking player in today’s NFL?
Been really happy with Micah Hyde on punt returns. Very sure-handed (most important) and usually gets positive yardage.
Nice blitz pickup by Eddie Lacy after taking a fake handoff.
James Jones steals an interception away from Pitt DB. Matt Flynn says thanks!
Eddie Lacy… making defensive backs pay the price for taking him down…
3rd and one – what will the Packers do? Why run the Kuhn dive, of course. This time it works! (Does seem to work much better when QB is under center, as opposed to shotgun.
Packers take a 7-0 lead as Boykin outfights Pitt DB for the ball. Packers receivers helping Flynn out big time…
These Packers have never met a lead they don’t want to immediately relinquish… Two big plays and the Steelers are on the 10 yd line.
And it’s 7-7.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 7 PIT 7
Weather starting to be a factor. Shields slipped and fell on the Steelers TD and the ensuing kickoff is fumbled by the Packers but luckily recovered.
For all the good things Matt Flynn has done, he is downright awful at getting rid of the ball when under pressure.
McCarthy’s concerns about the Steelers returners come to fruition. 41yard punt return by Antonio Brown.
Sean Richardson in for MD Jennings – makes immediate impact. He and Hyde stop Bell for a loss on 3rd down. Steelers punt.
I realize Richardson is kind of green and might be more prone to making mistakes than Jennings, but I’d take my chances. MD Jennings is not making any impact plays.
Marshall Newhouse in for one play as an extra tight end and gets called for holding… that’s all we need to know…
bad. bad. bad. Matthews injures his thumb on a sack of Big Ben. In obvious pain. Does not look good. smh…
I think I like Eddie Lacy’s attitude as much as anything. All business, no showboating… Run over a few guys, smile and get back to the huddle.
Eddie Lacy with the 480 degree spin in the air. I give it a 9.99
MD Jennings getting schooled on special teams as well… 40+ yd kickoff return puts Steelers at Packers’ 45yd line.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 14 PIT 10
Packers vs. Steelers – First Impressions – Second Half:
All that pre-snap movement on the Pittsburgh punt – raised my antennae for a fake.
Matthews officially out for the rest of the game.
Big booth review here – possible Packers fumble recovery near the Pitt goal line. Looks to me like the ball got slapped out before Bells knee touched the ground. REVERSED!!!
First and goal at the 3yd line. Pittsburgh holds and then blocks the FG attempt. Penalty on the attempted return and it initially goes back to Packers with an automatic first down. Doesn’t seem right to me. Referees convene once more. Still Green Bay ball. Now Pittsburgh tries to challenge. Possession in the field of play is not challenge-able. Still Green Bay ball. What a sequence of events…
And TD Lacy.
Note to MM. When you’re inside the 5 yard line, just give it to Lacy 4 times if you need to…
BJ Raji with a beyond stupid after-the-play penalty. 15yds and first down after they had stopped Bell for no gain.
TD Pittsburgh. Arghhhh
Defense has allowed 3 Pitt scoring drives immediately following a Green Bay score.
And a pick sick as Quarless bumps into Flynn as he’s throwing. Incredible.
Well, now that the #Packers are down by two scores, let the Flynn magic commence…
So much for that. Penalty on Quarless, lacy limps off. Packers punt.
Now we’ve seen everything. One-handed AJ Hawk interception… #Packers
Score at end of 3rd quarter: PIT 31 GB 21
Packers have uncharacteristically hurt themselves with penalties today.
Flynn has soundly proven he has no touch for that end zone fade pass. yet Packers keep trying it and failing to score seven.
Packers down by seven. Defense with a three and out. Yes, I just typed that.
OK, I’ll say it. I’d rather see the Kuhn dive than the Flynn fade. (And I hate the Kuhn dive) Packers tie the game, 31-31.
Big play by the Steelers? MD Jennings was involved somehow.
Great play by Neal to get off a block in space and make a tackle on the Pitt TE. Sets up a 4th and 1 on their own 47 with 6 min left. Pitt will go for it and make it.
And now Neal is down… Looks like it could be Perry and Mulumba at OLB the rest of the way.
I can not fathom why Jamari Lattimore is not starting….
Packers have the ball with 3 minutes left, ball on their own 8yd line. Of course, first play is a sack.
Seeing how well the rollouts worked for Flynn last week, wouldn’t that be a decent idea to counteract the Steelers pass rush? Have seen very little today, which surprises me.
Flynn fumble. I get he was trying for the first down. So I won’t lay any blame.
Shocked that the #Packers let #Steelers score there. Love it, but I’m shocked MM did it. That’s a “polluted mindset.”
Why did it take seven seconds to get that last play off? why?
Spike it when the ref says go, or throw into the end zone and you get another play if incomplete. That was just dumb.
OK, so if Nick Perry doesn’t go offsides on that field goal, the Packers & Steelers are still playing…
Final Score: PIT 38 GB 31——————
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