What went right, wrong vs. Green Bay

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WHAT WENT RIGHT
* Garrett Hartley's first kickoff at Heinz Field, the opening kickoff of the game, was a touchback. It was Hartley's first touchback in two games with the Steelers after being signed to replace Shaun Suisham, who was injured in the Hall of Fame Game.

  • Following an offensive pass interference penalty on Antonio Brown that nullified a 58-yard touchdown and set up a first-and-25, Ben Roethlisberger converted with three straight completions – 6 yards to Le'Veon Bell, 7 yards to Antonio Brown, and then 17 yards to Markus Wheaton.
  • The Steelers first possession ultimately ended with a punt, and rookie Jordan Berry's kick bounced inside the 5-yard line, where gunner Antwon Blake showed a combination of presence and athleticism to get the ball downed at the 1-yard line without crossing over the plane of the goal line.
  • After a tackle by Bud Dupree  for no gain and an incomplete pass set up a third-and-10 from the Green Bay 1-yard line, James Harrison came hard off the edge to sack Aaron Rodgers for a safety that made the score Packers 8, Steelers 2.
  • On Green Bay's next offensive series – on a third-and-2 from the Packers 26-yard line, Jarvis Jones used a strong inside move on tackle Don Barclay to sack Scott Tolzien for an 11-yard loss that forced a punt.
  • On the first offensive play after an illegal block in the back penalty on Ian Wild during a Packers punt put the ball at the 17-yard line, Landry Jones threw a nice deep ball that settled into Sammie Coates' hands for a 54-yard gain to the Green Bay 29-yard line. The possession ended with a 46-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley that cut the Packers lead to 19-12.
  • On back-to-back plays late in the third quarter, the Steelers got sacks from Bud Dupree and then Ian Wild to force a punt. That gave the Steelers five sacks through three quarters. They finished the game with six sacks.
  • On a third-and-9 from the Pittsburgh 45-yard line, Landry Jones was under a heavy rush when he threw a pass over the middle that was slightly behind Shakim Phillips. But Phillips made a nice catch for a 19-yard gain, and the play gained a total of 44 yards after Bruce Gaston was flagged for roughing the passer.
  • Two plays later, Jones hit Tyler Murphy on a crossing route, and after making one defender miss, Murphy bounced outside and out-ran the pursuit for a 22-yard touchdown that cut the Steelers deficit to 19-18.
  • Landry Jones directed another touchdown drive on the Steelers next possession by completing 5-of-6 passes for 65 yards, including the 20-yard touchdown to Shakim Phillips, who made the catch over Green Bay cornerback Tay Glover-Wright. After the two-point conversion attempt failed, the Steelers held a 24-19 lead.
  • The Packers had one last chance to try to take the lead, but on third-and-10 from their own 20-yard line, a pass from Matt Blanchard to tight end Kennard Backman gained only 9 yards when Kevin Fogg and Jordan Dangerfield came up quickly to make the tackle. Then on fourth down, Blanchard was sacked by linebacker L.J. Fort.

WHAT WENT WRONG
* The Steelers defense wasn't able to take advantage of the field position created by Garrett Hartley's touchback on the opening kickoff. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 5:06 off the clock and ended when Eddie Lacy ran 7 yards untouched for the touchdown. The Packers were successful on the two-point conversion when Randy Starks ran it in, also untouched.

The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 of the 2015 preseason at Heinz Field

  • One of the things the Packers used successfully on the opening possession was using personnel groupings to dictate Steelers defensive personnel, and then taking advantage of mismatches. On both the touchdown run by Lacy and the conversion run by Starks, the Packers induced the Steelers into the nickel alignment only to run the ball successfully against a defense that had only two linemen on the field.
  • What would have been a 58-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty called when Brown pushed off on Packers cornerback Sam Shields just before the ball arrived.
  • Over a span of maybe a dozen plays in the first half, the Steelers lost center Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Stephon Tuitt to left ankle injuries. Of the two, Pouncey was limping more severely coming off the field than Tuitt. Both players were ruled out of the rest of the game, but this being the preseason that wasn't necessarily a reflection of the severity of the injuries.
  • Jordan Berry's third punt traveled 43 yards to the Green Bay 19-yard line, where Jeff Janis signaled for a fair catch. Brandon Boykin didn't see the fair catch signal and hit Janis, and the rest was a 15-yard penalty that allowed the Packers to start their series at the 34-yard line instead.
  • During his news conference on the Friday before the game, Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers would test some players' versatility, and one of those moves had Chris Hubbard playing center. With Bruce Gradkowski in the shotgun and the Steelers in the hurry-up with less than two minutes left in the first half, Hubbard's snap bounced back to Gradkowski, and linebacker Adrian Hubbard recovered for the Packers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers prepare to face off in Week 2 of the 2015 preseason at Heinz Field.

  • Green Bay took advantage of the takeaway to score the touchdown/two-point conversion that gave them a 16-9 halftime lead. It was a six-play, 47-yard drive in which the Packers were able to overcome a holding penalty on right tackle Don Barclay.
  • In the second half, the Steelers defense seemed to have gotten itself off the field when Bud Dupree sacked Scott Tolzien for a loss of 5 yards on a third-and-15 from the Green Bay 43-yard line. But the play was nullified because Cam Thomas jumped offside. The Packers took two downs to convert what turned into a third-and-10, and the ultimate result of the possession was a 55-yard field goal by Mason Crosby that upped the Packers lead to 19-9.
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