Steelers Versus Packers Winners And Losers – Week 16

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Green Bay Packers 38-31 and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.


Le’Veon Bell – Bell registered the first 100-yard game of his career and snapped the Steelers streak of 22 games without having a player reach the century mark. While Bell did fumble for the first time all season deep in the Steelers own end, he more than made up for it.

Antonio Brown – Brown had six catches for 105 yards to go along with a 41-yard punt return. On top of that, he broke the franchise single-season receiving yardage record that had belonged to Yancey Thigpen.

Mat McBriar – Three of McBriar’s five punts were downed inside the 20-yard line against the Packers and to top things off, he showed great poise during his 30-yard pass on a fake punt to tight end David Paulson. McBriar took a heck of a hit after releasing the ball and that tacked another 15 yards onto the end of the play.

Troy Polamalu – Polamalu’s forced fumble with two minutes left in the game led to the Steelers final score. Polamalu also registered four total tackles and a pass defensed in the game. He was around the football a ton in this game.

Shaun Suisham – The Steelers defenseless kicker had two special team tackles in the game to go along with his 31 yard field goal and four extra points.


Chris Carter – Carter started in place of the ill Jarvis Jones and showed why he’s been buried on the depth chart all season. Carter failed to set the edge on a few runs and was pretty invisible as a pass rusher.

Terence Garvin – Garvin missed a few tackles and over pursued on a few other plays when asked to play inside as part of the nickel package. Garvin did not register a tackle or an assist before leaving the game with a knee injury.

Brett Keisel – As much as I hate to put Keisel here, the sack and the fumble recovery on the Packers second to last drive where a result of him being in the right place at the right time. I realize that counts for something, but the veteran was off of his feet a lot in the running game and not very impactful when rushing the pass rusher. The foot was not 100% and it showed.

Will Allen – This wasn’t Allen’s best game on defense or on special teams. Just two assisted tackles on defense and none while covering kicks. It appeared as though he was not sound to his lane on a few returns.

  • cp72

    Can we add our kick coverage team to the loser list. It has been god awful for the last month. Not good sign when your kicker leads the coverage unit in tackles.

  • Rod Hedrick

    I would like to add the O-line to the winner list. Opened a few holes and Ben didn’t get killed,

  • CrazyTerry

    Winner AND a little bit of a Loser: Danny Smith: Kickoff coverage has been inexplicably consistently bad since mid November. But the number of splash plays the last 2 games is more than the number of splash plays the entire season last year. I would still like to rate Danny more of a winner than a loser. A fake punt for 45 yards including the penalty and a blocked chip shot FG??? nice.
    Loser: REFS. what more needs to be said.
    Loser: Ryan Clark: what kind of decision was that lateraling? you just got the ball back after a tremendous sequence of plays which already robbed GB of 7 points. DOn’t get too greedy.
    Winner: Troy: I am one of his biggest critics this season. But the last two weeks, he has rebounded from that terrible Miami game(except for 2 good plays he made in that Miami game). He should still take a paycut next season, but not as drastic as I was thinking he deserved.
    Loser: Clock management: I am actually giving Tomlin a pass because I am sure his sense of the odds has been skewed by GB missing a similar chp shot and Suisham missing 2 easy FGs in the Raiders game. But still not a wise playcall to run for the TD on 2nd down. I would have taken one kneel down and one outside run to avoid high traffic area. If you still don’t score on that outside run, then you kick the FG with seconds left. Also, the Steeelers should have shown a tad more urgency at the end of the first half. Same with GB. Their call for a run with 40 seconds left , not a good idea.

    Winner: clutch Steeelers D: Funny saying this in a game where GB scored 31 points. And I have been one of their harshest critics. For parts of the second half, they had freaking Chris Carter and Sylvester playing OLB!!!!!!!! And they still pulled it off!!! But the Steelers D had one of their most clutch second halves this year. They scored a pick 6. If the refs didn’t mess up, they would have had a great save on 7 points by GB near the goalline. And then they contributed to the final TD with that Troy caused fumble.

    Winner: SteelersNation on the road: As the biggest critic of Heinz Field season ticket holders this entire season, let me give kudos to the road fans for infiltrating GB even though GB has had no trouble filling seats all season. There weren’t that many, after all it’s GB. Still there were enough to hear chants of HEEATH. If Steelers fans didn’t buy those tickets, the stands would be 100% filled with GB fans. Which means the tickets were not being thrown away by GB. They ahd to pay face value and above and experienced worse wintry conditions and metal benches to go to this game.

    Winner; Those fans who refused to lose optimism for our playoff chances. Yes, it is still tough next week, but unlike those who threw in the towel after the Ravens game, most of us who come to blogs like this showed hope even if we realize it was a far shot. Yes, next week’s game actually means something.

    In the spirit of the holidays, let’s give a winner slot to AJ Hawk. One huge sack, was he also involved in the Bell fumble? He also had an INT that Ike could never dream of getting in his life. He stepped up in Clay’s absence.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Losers list: Ryan Clark, Will Allen, Ben, and our kick coverage special teams.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Absolutely the much coverage team should be on the losers list as a matter of fact there the losers of that game.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Maybe we’ll sit Jarvis Jones out next week but I can’t wait for him to come back because Carter was just invisible yesterday even though jj gets mishandled at least he can get after the QB a little

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  • Elijah Stevenson

    We had the game 31-21 our defense held them then Ben’s gonna throw an INT when he rushed the ball.

  • Lamarr56

    Great job by Danny Smith. He drew up the great fake punt, and we also blocked a field goal. The block ended up being overturned on a bullshit call, but it was still a great job blocking it. Another great thing in special teams that happened was the hard count on the field goal that resulted in a first down at the end of the game. Great work by Danny.

  • dgh57

    Winner List: Offensive Line for producing our first 100 plus yard rusher and allowing only one sack!

  • steeltown

    Carter is garbage.. just another reason we need to retain Worilds or we’ll be drafting 2OLBs

  • steeltown

    Indeed.. except for the kick coverage blunders that unit had a good game, but again its kind of hard to get past the coverage deficiencies.

  • steeltown

    Winners: A.Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Suisham, McBriar, Timmons, Polamalu, Heyward, WillieG and Cortez Allen

    Most of those need no explanation, I put WiillieG and Cortez Allen on theres because even though had a few missed assignments they contributed. WillieG did a great job when covering Jordy Nelson who only had 3catches and Cortez had a couple PDs and of course the INT

    Losers: Special Teams coverage units, C.Carter and the Green Bay Packers!

  • srdan

    Winners: Cortez Allen, he was all over the field. He let up a few, but he was up to the challenge. I’m very encouraged by his play

    Losers list. Tomlin

    You had the game won, two knees and a kick.

  • JohnB

    I think Dwyer belongs in the Winner column. He had some HUGE blocks on special teams.

  • Chad H

    I said after the roster was made that Alan Baxter clearly beat out Carter and even Garvin. I believe that Baxter had an attitude after making the practice squad knowing he beat some guys out. Carter is garbage. I hope we bring back Baxter for another shot. I would have loved to see him play this game over seeing the back of 54 running around looking lost.


    Sylvester didn’t play too shabby.

  • steeltown

    Please re-sign Dwyer

  • Douglas Andrews

    Time to give up on the C Carter experiment. Yesterday was a possible preview of our LB depth for next year…Carter and Sly at OLB enough said!

  • Kevin artis

    I think we need to add Sharmarko Thomas to the winners list. Without his hustle on that kick return we would of lost.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I don’t think he even registered one tackle correct me if I’m wrong

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I don’t think it’s fair to put Keisal on the losers list

  • Don

    Good Point!

  • Don

    Cortez Allen was a winner (in my opinion). I think he missed a tackle or too, but the pick six was least he can catch..
    LAWRENCE TIMMONS! (man, i’m glad he is a steeler) 10 tackles i think..
    Shamarko Thomas. Pretty sure he saved that last return for a would be touchdown.

    Losers: Chris Carter,Felix Jones, and Ziggy Hood (only for the batted fumble)

  • Don

    That play by Mcbriar was awesome!

  • steeltown

    I think he had one.. but only one.. not sure if it was on defense or special teams

  • steeltown

    Well that would’ve tied the game, but yes I see your point

  • dgh57

    Yes, Sly even had a sack negated by a penalty.

  • steeltown

    Exactly..and both Woodley and Jones have missed entire games this year

  • Jarod Wells

    How about V. Williams for the winners list?He made several impact tackles in crucial situations. He seemed very good against the run. He slammed Lacy on a short gain, and seemed like he was getting tackles for losses as well.

  • Alan Felicia

    Wow, one INT throw, and they won the Game!
    Tough Crowd!

  • Dorkewicz

    Did you not see how athletic of a catch it was by A.J.? I bet half of the league’s linebackers could not do that

  • Dorkewicz

    The line did indeed play well collectively, but it also helps that that long-haired fellow left the game early with an injury

  • Douglas Andrews

    Signing Worilds might be a major necessity after yesterday’s game . Im gonna trust Colbert and Co. to get the job done and resign Worilds. If not were in big trouble on D next year.

  • joed32

    He also threw for 2 TDs and ran for 1.

  • MC

    Wow steeltown, i don’t think i’ve seen you throw some one out like that before. Unfortunately youre right though, Carter has been with the team a few years now and probably wouldn;t even have 5 tackles to his name. 5th round pick i recall and yet we’ve let much better lbs pass us that werent even drafted..