Rapid Reaction: Steelers 37, Packers 36

December, 20, 2009
12/20/09
8:04
PM ET
PITTSBURGH -- Whoa.

I had a nice postgame wrap-up congratulating Green Bay on its 10th win of the season, of surviving a late charge by the defending Super Bowl champions and proving to be a young team with veteran mettle. I was ready to congratulate quarterback Aaron Rodgers on overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit in a playoff environment.

And then the Steelers drove 86 yards in the final 2 minutes, 6 seconds and won the game with Ben Roethlisberger’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace with no time left on the clock. Wallace was in single coverage against Packers defensive back Josh Bell, who was filling in as the Packers’ dime back.

The pass gave Roethlisberger a Steelers-record 503 passing yards, a total that will haunt what had been the NFL’s second-ranked defense for some time. During the drive, the Packers lost an interception and a sack because of penalties.

Although the Packers dropped to 9-5, the dearth of competitive teams in the NFC leave them in good shape for clinching an NFC wild-card berth. The biggest obstacle will be putting the wild ending of this game behind them.

More in a few hours.

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