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Steelers sting Packers on game's final play

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Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsbrgh Steelers during an NFL game in 2006 By photo taken by flickr user SteelCityHobbies (flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsbrgh Steelers during an NFL game in 2006 By photo taken by flickr user SteelCityHobbies (flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

PITTSBURGH (WSAU) The Pittsburgh Steelers scored a touchdown on the final play of the game to come from behind and beat the Green Bay Packers, 37-36. The winning play came as time expired, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace in the far corner of the end zone.

The winning score came on a 12-play, 86-yard drive with 2:06 left in the game. The drive was kept alive on a key 4th down pass conversion, and was aided by three Packers defensive penalties. The final touchdown was reviewed by instant replay, which showed Wallace's feet barely in-bounds.

The Packers had just taken the lead after an unusual onside kick attempt by the Steelers. The Packers got possession after an illegal touching penalty, and took the lead 6-plays later on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones. The game saw five lead changes in the second half.

Midway through the third quarter the Packers were trailing by two scores when they rallied to take the lead. Jermichael Finley scored on an 11-yard pass from Rodgers, and on the next possession, the Packers scored on a 24-yard touchdown run by Ryan Grant.

Roethlisberger had the best game for a quarterback in the NFL this season. He completed 29-of-46 passes for 506 yards and 3 touchdowns. The win ends a five-game losing streak for the Steelers. The Packers, who had been on a five-game winning streak, fall to 9-5 but remain in playoff contention.

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