Steelers win shootout with Packers
By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger ended the game the way he started it by throwing a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, a desperation 19-yarder on the final play that rallied Pittsburgh to a 37-36 victory over Green Bay on Sunday, ending the Packers' five-game winning streak and the Steelers' five-game losing streak.
The Packers (9-5) stalled in their playoff run as they couldn't hold leads of 28-27 and 36-30 in a frantic fourth quarter that was much like Oakland's 27-23 win in Pittsburgh two weeks ago, when the lead changed hand five times in the final nine minutes. Green Bay could have secured a playoff spot with its first win in Pittsburgh since 1970 and a Giants loss or tie on Monday night.
Wallace also caught a 60-yard scoring pass on Pittsburgh's first play of the game as Steelers (7-7) joined four other AFC teams tied at 7-7 in the chase for the AFC's last playoff spot - and just in the nick of time.
The Super Bowl champion Steelers have lost five times this season when ahead or tied in the fourth quarter, only to rally to win during a final quarter that featured four lead changes and a failed Pittsburgh onside kick attempt with the Steelers ahead.
Roethlisberger went 29 of 46 with three TDs and 503 yards while becoming the first Steelers quarterback in history to throw for 500 yards in a game. He kept the Steelers' decisive 86-yard drive going by finding Santonio Holmes for 32 yards on a fourth-and-7 play and Heath Miller for 30 on third-and-15.
Down to his last play of the game, Roethlisberger found Wallace open in the left front corner of the end zone with Josh Bell in coverage. Wallace managed to get both feet inbounds on a play upheld by replay, and Jeff Reed - who also kicked three field goals - added the extra point.