November 6, 2005
at Lambeau Field
Steelers 20, Packers 10
The Steelers went into the game on a two-game win streak and a 5-2 record, needing every win in what would soon become a tight AFC race.
But as was the case plenty of times, the defense came through big.
The play was a turning point in the game, keeping the Packers out of the end zone while giving the Steelers a 13-3 lead that they would never relinquish.
“It was a defensive game,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “It was one our defense won for us. That happened a lot in some of those years. Troy’s play was the standout play of the game. It was a big game for us, a game we needed to win. Going there and winning is never easy. It was a great victory for us.”
The Packers closed the gap to 13-10 in the third quarter, but Duce Staley put it away for good with a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
It was a magical season for the Steelers, who went on a run at the end of the year and took it all the way to win Super Bowl XL over Seattle.
“At that point every game meant a lot,” said Rooney. “To come out of there with a win, even when we weren’t at our best offensively that day was a big victory and a great way to win a game.”