The last time the Steelers and Packers squared off at Heinz Field, it was one of the more ridiculous games you could imagine. In case you forget the 2009 matchup between Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers, it was the game when Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards, including a last-second, game-winning, touchdown to Mike Wallace to give Pittsburgh the 37-36 victory.
This was one of the more entertaining games you’ve probably ever seen, if you can remember it. Enough of my babbling, relive the game with the awesome highlights below:
Now it’s time to check on the Steelers’ news outside the walls of BTSC:
JuJu Smith-Schuster now can legally buy an alcoholic drink.
The Steelers' precocious rookie wide receiver, the youngest player in the NFL, turned 21 on Wednesday.
Although his birthday coincided with the biggest drinking night of the year — the night before Thanksgiving — Smith-Schuster, one of the South Side's highest-profile residents, had no plans to patrol Carson Street.
“I've never been a drinker,” Smith-Schuster said Wednesday after practice. “I don't have a desire to. But I can get in some bars now and use my ID.”
Smith-Schuster has come of age in the span of his few months with the Steelers. He lost — and then had returned — his Ghost Square bike that he rode to and from practice. Then, earlier this month, he got his driver's license.
“It feels great to be 21,” he said. “I feel like I'm up there with the guys now.”
For a player who uses the word “lit” to describe his happiness, Smith-Schuster rang in his birthday with a low-key celebration.
After midnight on Tuesday, Smith-Schuster went on Facebook Live and posted a 10-minute video that showed him listening to music in his apartment. He turned on disco strobe-lighting midway through the video, then kept the video rolling while he took a congratulatory phone call from his mother in Southern California.
For the next four games, the Steelers will readjust to life without right tackle Marcus Gilbert while he serves a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
While Gilbert sits at home, the Steelers will face two division opponents and the defending Super Bowl champion — and biggest road block to securing home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs — in that span.
If, unlike the stock market, past performance is an indication of future results, the recently resurgent Steelers offense can expect improvement running the ball but a regression in the passing game over the next month.
When Chris Hubbard started five games at right tackle and played parts of two others in place of Gilbert this season, Le'Veon Bell had a higher rushing average, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn't nearly as efficient.
Those starts for Hubbard came while Gilbert was nursing a hamstring injury over two stretches of games, with the Steelers sometimes heading into those weekends with Gilbert's availability unknown.
Now, there is no doubt about Gilbert's participation. He isn't permitted to be around the team until Dec. 18, the day after the Steelers play the New England Patriots at Heinz Field.
“We have a lot of faith and belief in Hubb,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday on his weekly 93.7 FM segment. “He's played a lot this year, and we know he'll step up to the challenge and be ready to go.”
The Steelers' offense finally exploded for a huge performance when it put up four touchdowns against the Titans in their 40-17 victory last Thursday night. In a season where they had woefully underperformed with an average of 22.7 points per game, ranking 14th in the NFL, there were several signs that the unit is trending upward.