The Green Bay Packers (7-7-1) had a chance to win the game in the final minutes of the game, but their quarterback Matt Flynn fumbled the ball in Packers territory leading the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) to take possession and go on to win the game 38-31 on Sunday at the Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The loss for the Packers ruined what would have been a perfect opportunity for them to gain ground on the 1st place Chicago Bears, who were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Now the Packers will need to beat the Bears in the last game of the season next Sunday for them to have a chance to win the AFC North division.
With the game tied 31-31 with 1:51 remaining, Flynn fumbled the ball on the Packers 17-yard line following a 7-yard scramble. The fumble was recovered by Brett Keisel of the Steelers. They then took the ball down the field and scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run by running back Le’Veon Bell to put the Steelers up 38-31 with 1:25 remaining.
The Packers then got an excellent kickoff return by Micah Hyde with him returning it 70 yards to the Steelers 31-yard line with 1:25 remaining in the game. Flynn then completed a couple of passes to get the Packers to the Steelers 5-yard line with 43 seconds left in the game. The Packers then got a 4-yard run by James Starks to put the ball on the Steelers 1-yard line with 22-seconds left. However, the Packers were then called for a 5-yard penalty. The time then ran don from 22 seconds to 3, at which time Flynn threw an incomplete pass into the end zone in the final play of the game. Obviously, it was bad clock management by the Packers, as they should have had more than enough time to conduct 2-3 plays.
Flynn completed 21 of 39 passes for 232 yards with 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 1 fumble and 3 sacks.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 16 of 28 passes for 167 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 124 yards on 26 carries with 1 touchdown and 1 fumble.
Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 84 yards on 15 carries with 2 touchdowns.
It’s possible that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could start against the Bears next Sunday. It’s an important game for the Packers, as they absolutely cannot afford to lose this game if they want to make the playoffs this season.