Schadenfreude, anyone? Packers lose to Steelers

December 20th, 2009 - 7:23 pm

When your team is bad and you can hardly stomach watching the game, your next favorite team to watch is the one playing against the Bears’ hated division rivals.

The last few minutes of the Packers-Steelers game were quite enjoyable to watch. After taking a two-point lead with just over four minutes to go, the Steelers inexplicably attempted an onside kick, which they illegally touched, and gave the Packers great field position.

Editorial note: If I were the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Rosenbloom, which I most certainly am not, I’d make some kind of wisecrack about Lovie Smith coaching the Steelers and making such a poor coaching decision. Ha ha, Rosey, always trying to get a cheap laugh.

Six plays later, Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on a 24-yard touchdown pass. Following the two-point conversion, the Packers were up six points.

When the Steelers got the ball back, they were quickly forced into a fourth-and-seven from their own 22-yard line. With the TV remote in my hand, ready to change the channel because I do not like seeing the green and gold celebrating, Ben Roethlisberger surprised me with a 32-yard completion to Super Bowl MVP fraud Santonio Holmes (more on this in a second).

The Steelers continued to move the ball down the field while racing the clock. They were forced into yet another do-or-die situation with just three seconds on the clock and the ball resting at the Packers’ 19-yard line. Roethlisberger stood in the pocket and delivered a 19-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Mike Wallace as time expired. Wallace stretched out to make the catch by keeping the tips of his toes in bounds, much like Holmes did in last year’s Super Bowl. After the booth reviewed the play, the ruling was upheld and an extra point later, the Steelers’ five-game losing streak ended, as did the Packers’ five-game winning streak.

A second editorial note: The reason why I call Holmes a Super Bowl MVP fraud is because some people claim that his game-winning touchdown catch against the Cardinals was one of, if not the best Super Bowl catches of all time. That’s baloney. There are many catches just like that over the course of a season (as we witnessed in the Packers-Steelers game by Wallace). Just because the catch was in the Super Bowl, doesn’t make it that much more spectacular. To me, David Tyree’s “helmet catch” was the best catch ever due to its significance and its rarity. It’s never been done before. You can read more about this debate here.

Anyway, it was good to see the Packers disappointed Sunday against the Steelers. It would have been nice if the Bears won, but we can’t count on that happening any time soon.

Here’s Mike Wallace’s game-winning reception over the Packers:

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