The Pittsburgh Steelers were a rested group, coming off a Thursday night victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 11. The Green Bay Packers were coming off a drubbing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens where their offense was shut out at home.
Quite the contrast, but in Week 12, as these two storied franchises squared off against one another, it would be a prime time affair under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football. Would the Steelers leave victorious, moving their record to 9-2 on the year and keep pace with the New England Patriots? Or would the Green Bay Packers move above .500 with a much-needed win to stay relevant in the NFC Playoff Picture?
Either way, when the smoke cleared from the pre-game festivities, it was the Packers who won the coin toss, and elected to defer the opening possession to the home team. After a 38-yard kickoff return by Martavis Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger completed passes to six different receivers en route to an opening drive touchdown to Xavier Grimble in a 4th-and-1 situation. However, Chris Boswell missed the point-after, making the score 6-0 early in the first quarter.
After two key penalties, one after the kickoff, and one on a third down which would have been a Stephon Tuitt sack, Brett Hundley connected with Randall Cobb for a 39-yard touchdown, and just like that, the Packers led 7-6 with 5-minutes left in the first quarter.
Roethlisberger, despite having multiple passes dropped throughout the quarter, drove the offense into Green Bay territory, but was intercepted by Damarius Randall to give the Packers great field position to start their second drive. On the next series, facing a 3rd-and-9, Hundley threw a screen pass which went 54-yards for the team’s second touchdown of the quarter. The Mason Crosby point-after made the score 14-6.