NFL  > General NFL  > The Pittsburgh Steelers lost as a team.
February 7, 2011, 02:56 PM
Some will point to the turnovers. One of which I totally agree with since it was immediately turned into a touchdown. But Pittsburgh lost this game as team. As much as Green Bay won it. I will take nothing away from the Steelers or the Packers. But i hate to hear these so-called analysts pointing to one play and saying that this here was the problem. Pittsburgh's defense had trouble stopping Green Bay. The Pack won. Let's not label this thing any further. There is enough joy and blame to go around.
February 7, 2011  03:08 PM ET

Especially Ernest Byner ... i mean RAshard mendenhall.

Comment #2 has been removed
February 7, 2011  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Especially Ernest Byner ... i mean RAshard mendenhall.

Ernest Byner won a championship with the Redskins.

February 7, 2011  04:51 PM ET

The fact the Packers never gave up the lead was the biggest thing for me.

I found it weird the Steelers were running the ball like they had lead and they were picking up a lot of yards. I figured they would take more shots throwing with Woodson out of the game. I don't know if it was just me but I found the Steelers were chewing up more of their own time then being agressive to taking the lead? It just seemed like the Steelers were very under prepared on both sides of the ball or Ben was really hurting bad with his planting foot to gun the ball because i kept saying why is Wallace running crossing routes instead of down field and it had to be because of Ben's foot.

Comment #5 has been removed
February 7, 2011  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You make too many excuses for the Steeler team. The Steeler head coach said the Packers just outplayed them.

Yeah but that's BS "coach's handbook" talk... He could just be honest and say "they made us look stupid" which is what "outplayed" really means but no one will do that...well maybe just Rex Ryan.

February 7, 2011  05:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yeah but that's BS "coach's handbook" talk... He could just be honest and say "they made us look stupid" which is what "outplayed" really means but no one will do that...well maybe just Rex Ryan.

The Packers never trailed in this game and could have blown Pittsburgh out if Jones & Nelson had hung on to their TD passes.

February 7, 2011  05:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The Packers never trailed in this game and could have blown Pittsburgh out if Jones & Nelson had hung on to their TD passes.

Well yeah..Rodgers could have had 400 yards and 4-5 tds without the drop balls, It was just shocking the lack of aggression from the Steelers

February 7, 2011  05:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The fact the Packers never gave up the lead was the biggest thing for me. I found it weird the Steelers were running the ball like they had lead and they were picking up a lot of yards. I figured they would take more shots throwing with Woodson out of the game. I don't know if it was just me but I found the Steelers were chewing up more of their own time then being agressive to taking the lead? It just seemed like the Steelers were very under prepared on both sides of the ball or Ben was really hurting bad with his planting foot to gun the ball because i kept saying why is Wallace running crossing routes instead of down field and it had to be because of Ben's foot.

I have heard of Steeler fans complaining about the predictability of Bruce Arians' play calling. I don't know what the case was. But by the look of things the Packers were forcing Ben to throw underneath. And he really didn't take advantage of it. Nor did the play calling try to capitalize on it either. But the Steelers are running team. And running got them back into this ball game. So I can only say but so much. And who knows how much Emmanuel Sanders not finishing the game effected what Pittsburgh wanted to do.

February 7, 2011  05:41 PM ET
QUOTE:

The Steelers were not prepared for a focused, determined Packer team. they had a good game plan but couldn't execute it effectively because of the outstanding play from the Packer offense and Defense. Just the same way it had been for the other Packer opponents the last 6 games of the season.

I don't know if the Packers play was outstanding. They made plays for sure. But Ben missed some throws like Aaron missed some throws. It was good enough for a win though.

February 7, 2011  05:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

And who knows how much Emmanuel Sanders not finishing the game effected what Pittsburgh wanted to do.

Not much because Randel El was making plays in his place.

February 7, 2011  05:56 PM ET

I agree that it wasn't just one play that won or lost the game but many on both sides. You could blame the Steelers' offense and the turnovers for the loss but the defense didn't make many plays when it needed to either.

February 7, 2011  07:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Not much because Randel El was making plays in his place.

If the Steelers had won he would have been MVP. He was on, it's like the Super Bowl is where he plays best.

February 7, 2011  07:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I don't know if the Packers play was outstanding. They made plays for sure. But Ben missed some throws like Aaron missed some throws. It was good enough for a win though.

I agree, the Packers didn't play as strong as people are saying they did. They just played stronger than the Steelers. The Packers had their fair share of goof ups too.

February 7, 2011  07:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I agree, the Packers didn't play as strong as people are saying they did. They just played stronger than the Steelers. The Packers had their fair share of goof ups too.

Agreed, the Pack really just did more than the Steelers, Rodgers had a good day (as evidenced by the MVP), but it was the Packers defense that got it done for them. The Steelers were undone by turnovers and the Mendenhall fumble was killer as the Steelers were driving. Neither team played great, but I think that can be accredited to the other team. The Steelers blitz gave A-Rod no time to throw and were in the GB receivers heads (i think the drops were due to lack of super bowl experience as well as worrying about getting drilled by the hard hitting Steeler D) and the Packers defense did a great job forcing turnovers.

February 7, 2011  07:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Not much because Randel El was making plays in his place.

Big time difference in speed. That's why I said what I said. Sanders is just as fast as Wallace is and he balances off the other side of the field. Heath Miller was absent from this game too.

February 7, 2011  07:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Agreed, the Pack really just did more than the Steelers, Rodgers had a good day (as evidenced by the MVP), but it was the Packers defense that got it done for them. The Steelers were undone by turnovers and the Mendenhall fumble was killer as the Steelers were driving. Neither team played great, but I think that can be accredited to the other team. The Steelers blitz gave A-Rod no time to throw and were in the GB receivers heads (i think the drops were due to lack of super bowl experience as well as worrying about getting drilled by the hard hitting Steeler D) and the Packers defense did a great job forcing turnovers.

I think the Packer drops were more a factor of concentration and playing time. They weren't sharp on their timing. And certainly some balls were there before they were ready. You could see in both teams though. That week layoff played into it.

February 7, 2011  07:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I think the Packer drops were more a factor of concentration and playing time. They weren't sharp on their timing. And certainly some balls were there before they were ready. You could see in both teams though. That week layoff played into it.

Jones has a history of drops, but Nelson's drops really surprised me. Luckily he generally made a play to make up for it.

Comment #21 has been removed
 
February 7, 2011  10:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Perfectpats"Pittsburgh's defense had trouble stopping Green Bay."Yep! Most people will blame this all on Ben even though Ben brought them back within 3 and the defense let that turn back into a 6 point game right off the bat. The Packers had to DRIVE for 24 of their points besides the one turnover that was directly ran back. And of course they did against that Steelers secondary.I've been complaining about that secondary for YEARS and nobody took it seriously enough. If the Steelers don't at least try drafting some help for Troy back there I might skip next year even if there isn't a stoppage.

Pittsburgh's secondary has long been a weakness but Dick Lebeau has done a good job of concealing it. But Pittsburgh does not have cover corners.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    'Melo wants to be wooed (like, Howard wooed)
    Views
    2435
    Comments
    1353
  2. 2
    Vogel coaching for his job
    Views
    878
    Comments
    773
  3. 3
    Cashman scratching his head over Pineda
    Views
    1841
    Comments
    743
  4. 4
    Farrell defends Fenway's 'sleep room'
    Views
    2215
    Comments
    481
  5. 5
    Youthful Red Wings are rattled
    Views
    2205
    Comments
    292

SI.com

SI Photos