The Pittsburgh Steelers needed to win and hoped for some games to go their way if they wanted to maintain their playoff chances until the final week of the regular season.
Pittsburgh, however, first had to win a tough contest against the Green Bay Packers — who were also looking to extend their playoff chances — at Lambeau Field and the Steelers prevailed to come out on top 38-31 in a crazy contest under some heavy snow.
The Steelers were carried by Ben Roethlisberger (180 total yards, three TDs) and rookie RB Le’Veon Bell (26 carries, 124 yards, one TD) but they also had a lot of help from the Packers’ secondary and Matt Flynn, especially in the second half.
Green Bay’s defensive unit made two costly penalties in the fourth quarter to set up Bell’s winning-game TD with less than two minutes left. Flynn, on the other hand, had two turnovers – a pick-six in the third and a fumble in the fourth – that doomed the team’s chances late in the game.
The Steelers’ road to make the postseason, however, remains quite steep. They have to win their game at home against the Cleveland Browns next week and in addition to that, they also need the Miami Dolphins, the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens to all lose their remaining contests.
It’s definitively a tough challenge that lies ahead but in the way the Steelers have turned their season around after a 0-4 start, it wouldn’t be strange to see them making the postseason once again. Pittsburgh has really picked up as of late and they aren’t going to let their year slip away if they still have a chance to fight for a playoff berth.