He completed 9 of his first 12 passes, which included a couple of drop passes. In addition to the fifth-seeded Panthers and sixth-seeded Falcons, Green Bay trails the 7-4 Seahawks and 6-5 Lions, the latter of which now holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.
In the second half, Hundley would open by finding Davante Adams for a deep 55-yard touchdown.
Inside the supposed comfy confines of Lambeau Field, though, Hundley has been a disaster. In the 23-0 loss to Baltimore the Packers suffered before coming to Pittsburgh, Hundley went 21/36 for 239 yards. Hundley has thrown four interceptions, no touchdowns, and has a pathetic passer rating of 58.9. The Packers are now faced with the prospect of winning out, and while it’s not impossible to see them beating Tampa and Cleveland, the road is much rockier for the final three games. “Long way to go, got a lot of football left”.
“We knew we needed points”, McCarthy said.
So far, Hundley hasn’t done that in his home starts.
But Sunday’s start showed growth as Hundley tossed two TDs in the first quarter alone. Bryant easily beat Packers cornerback Kevin King off the line with a quick slant and Roethlisberger threw him a ideal pass that went right through his hands and arms.
Yet Green Bay delivered one of its finest performances of the year. “Brett Hundley had himself a phenomenal day”.
If Hundley’s play was encouraging, so was the Packers’ resolve.
McCarthy also said that he did not consider going for a 2-point conversion when the Packers scored with 2:02 to play to pull within 28-27. Stay in Pittsburgh. I’ve had enough of that fat f***. “We just have to grind at it and make some more”.
Perhaps the best development for the Packers was that Hundley finally justified McCarthy’s faith in him.
The combined efforts of Hundley and the defense should have given the Packers the win.
Hundley then channeled Rodgers, taking the Packers 77 yards in 12 plays, the last Williams’ dive into the end zone that tied it for the third time. “That will always be the area of game experience that there’s just no substitute for it”. The decision-making in the face of a almost impossible situation, at a field notoriously hard on kickers, is debatable. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley once again came up with some creative play designs throughout the game.
Besides validating NBC’s curious decision to keep what many expected to be a mismatch in prime time, the game in a roundabout way gave the Packers their first sign of life in weeks.
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Don’t forget the Packers’ trio of running backs, who are all capable of having big games.
“I am. I am”. In a game that many, myself included, thought would be a major blowout, the Packers took the Steelers to the wire. He has looked good in limited rehab practices and has said that he feels good as well. My body has been healing fast, too. But no, I don’t second guess.
Green Bay also played this game without Clay Matthews and Kenny Clark.
“I guess with all due respect I’m not surprised or amazed”, Roethlisberger said. After Sunday’s performance, I would expect two wins no problem. “You know, they bust their butt, they bust their ass for me and they’ve supported me throughout this whole thing and I’m just trying to make sure we have an opportunity to win and I play my best for them”.