The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Green Bay Packers with a 53-yard field goal as time expired. What did we takeaway from the prime-time matchup?
The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 9-2 on the season with a 31-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers. As heavily favored as Pittsburgh found themselves to be (two touchdown favorites), Pittsburgh was often playing catch-up with a Green Bay team who had lost their previous four of five games going into Heinz Field.
The improved play of Brett Hundley, who completed 17 of his 26 attempts for 245 yards and three touchdowns, was mostly responsible for a Packers team that had spectators and pundits alike second-guessing the superiority of the Steelers. Turning over the ball three times and giving up big plays on a continuous basis, Pittsburgh appeared to be doomed, before the engine that drives the offense got going of course.
“No, I’m not amazed. We see it in practice every day.” Bud Dupree told NFL Network‘s Aditi Kinkhabwala about Antonio Brown’s performance against Green Bay, a game where he made two spectacular catches in route to a victory. Wide Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey also gave Brown high praise, calling him the best of all time after the game. While this is largely debatable, there is no denying Brown is as good of a football player you will find on the offensive side of the football, with a catch like this to put the Steelers closer to field goal range with seconds to spare.
Without the tremendous efforts of Brown, perhaps Green Bay may have walked away with a victory. There’s an old saying that goes “you learn more from a loss than a win” that could be applied, yet the Steelers may get that benefit without seeing a loss. Pittsburgh will look back on the film and move towards Cincinnati, but what should you take away from Sunday night’s win?