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Memorable Matchups: "Ben At Work"

Posted Dec 21, 2013

A look back at an exciting finish between the Steelers and Packers in 2009

Steelers vs. Packers
December 20, 2009


In arguably one of the craziest endings to a game in Heinz Field history, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a last-second 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace to beat the Green Bay Packers, 37-36. Both teams combined for 973 total net yards, neither team committed a turnover and there was a lead change or a tie on 12 different occasions, as teams matched one another’s scores all game long.


Roethlisberger threw for a franchise best 503 yards and started off his record-setting day with a 60-yard touchdown strike to Wallace to give Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Greg Jennings connected on an 83-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 7-7.


Running back Rashard Mendenhall scored on a two-yard run and Rodgers scampered 14 yards for a score to tie the game, 14-14. Roethlisberger threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Mewelde Moore and kicker Jeff Reed made a 37-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh a 24-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.


The fourth quarter was truly one for the ages, as both teams combined to score 35 points. Rodgers and tight end Jermichael Finley connected on an 11-yard touchdown to cut the lead, 24-21. Reed added a 34-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh a 27-21 lead.


Running back Ryan Grant scored on a 22-yard run to give the Packers a 28-27 lead. Reed responded with a 43-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh the lead back 30-27. Rodgers though found wide receiver James Jones for a 24-yard touchdown, and the Packers converted their two-point conversion to take a 36-30 lead.


Roethlisberger then led the team on an 11-play, 86-yard drive that he capped off with his game-winning touchdown pass to Wallace.

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