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Knee jerk reactions from the Steelers Week 12 prime time party with the Packers

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With no time to rationally think, one BTSC writer offers up his immediate thoughts from the Steelers effort against the cheese heads from Green Bay

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A knee jerk reaction is common for most people, especially sports fans. Of course, I like to shoot first and apologize later. In this series, I like to record my immediate emotional reaction. I have those often. I know you in Steeler Nation do too. After we have a chance to review things, we tend to alter our mindset. While watching the Steelers and the Packers, I recorded my initial thoughts in real time with no time to reconsider them. Take these in. As always, I welcome you to weigh in.

1st Quarter

  • Best kick return for the Steelers in ages, that will set Martavis up mentally for a good game.
  • Need to set the tone with a TD in the first drive.
  • No excuse for Martavis to drop that ball.
  • Rare YAC for Jesse James. Usually it's a catch and fall.
  • They are liking that shovel pass.
  • Boswel. Ughhhhh!
  • Oh Artie Burns. I thought the face mask was tickey-tack. But you can't let bad teams stay on the field. Complete lack of discipline.
  • And you just paid for it.
  • Drops are killing this team.
  • After the pick, it looks like the beginning of a playing-down-to-the-competition fiasco.
  • This is going to be Jacksonville all over again.
  • How can't you throw a flag on the kickoff? Martavis was way out of bounds.

2nd Quarter

  • Eli Rogers may have worn out his welcome with all of these drops.
  • Villanueva looked like Dave Kingman with the big swing-and-a-miss on Ahmad Brooks.
  • That pass to Bryant was what we've been waiting for all year.
  • 14-14. This could be the wake-up call.
  • Hundley looks like Bruno Mars wearing a helmet.
  • Do the refs get fined if they call a pass interference on Steeler competition?

3rd Quarter

  • Did somebody forget to tell Green Bay they weren't supposed to win this game?
  • GB made a mistake going for a 57-yarder. It could give the Steelers new life if they could cash-in on the good field position.
  • I've missed take off-and-run Ben.
  • AB makes acrobatic catches look simple.
  • Losing Randall could be the straw that breaks the Pack.
  • Cameron Heyward needs to get invited to the Pro Bowl. But I hope he's too busy preparing for a trip to Minnesota to play.

4th Quarter

  • It seems like with three turnovers, they are dooming themselves to give this game away.
  • They are still playing with fire, letting a down team hang around.
  • Eli needed that big third down conversion.
  • AB should have his own credit card, he's always money when you need him.
  • Ben just seems to be throwing increasingly better the past eight quarters.
  • Look for the defense to come even more alive and close this puppy out.
  • Shazier being hobbled could be a killer.
  • Yep. They really missed No. 50
  • Two-minute drill. If Ben is still top-tier, he saves the day here.
  • Trusting Rogers in double coverage was ill-advised.
  • Lucky they didn't get called on a helmet-to-helmet on Watt.
  • Packers may be playing for OT here.
  • I don't think AB went to Central Michigan, I think he went to Hogwarts.
  • Looks like Boswell did too.

Where BAD was really right

  • I think Martavis Bryant's opening kick return mentally fired him up.
  • They definitely underestimated Green Bay.
  • The refs seemed reluctant to make calls against the Packers.
  • The Packers going for a field goal in a stadium that has never seen anything more than a 53 was a poor decision.

Where BAD was really wrong

  • The Steelers pressed snooze on their wake up call at 14-14.
  • Eli Rogers hasn't completely worn out his welcome. He bailed the Steelers out with a huge third down conversion.
  • The defense did not come alive after the score. They looked paltry as they failed to put GB away.