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Steelers rally for first preseason victory

Landry Jones threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Steelers past the Green Bay Packers in preseason action at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.

PITTSBURGH–The third string saved the day in Sunday’s exhibition game as the Steelers trailed 16-9 at halftime, but Landry Jones mounted two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to lead Pittsburgh to a 24-19 come-from-behind win over visiting Green Bay at Heinz Field.

The victory was a costly one for the Steelers, however, as All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a broken bone in his left leg and is expected to miss a significant amount of time. 
Five minutes into the fourth quarter, Jones hit converted-quarterback Tyler Murphy for a 22-yard touchdown which capped off a five-play, 56-yard drive.

Key to the Drive: On third and nine from the Steelers 45 yard line, Jones hit Shakim Phillips for a 17-yard gain and Green Bay defensive lineman Bruce Gaston was called for roughing the passer, which moved the ball to the Packer 23 yard line.

On the Steelers next possession, Jones led an eight-play, 60-yard drive capped by a 20-yard touchdown strike to Phillips to give the Steelers the 24-19 lead.

Key to the Drive: On third and six from the Steelers 44 yard line, Jones completed a pass to Murphy for exactly six yards and a first down to preserve the drive.   

The Steelers fell behind 8-0 after Eddie Lacey scored on a seven yard touchdown run five minutes into the first quarter on the first possession of the game. James Harrison sacked Aaron Rodgers for a safety late in the first quarter to put the Steelers on the scoreboard.

Pittsburgh took a 9-8 lead early in the second quarter after Ben Roethlisberger hit Marcus Wheaton for a five-yard touchdown pass. Green Bay re-took the lead 16-9 late in the second quarter after Scott Tolzien hit Richard Rogers for a 21-yard scoring strike. Both teams traded field goals in the third quarter.  

Steelers Player of the Game: Third string quarterback Landry Jones, who completed 10 passes on 19 attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

Packers Player of the Game: Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien, who completed 11 passes on 19 attempts for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Turning Point: The fourth quarter, when the Steelers’ second and third string offensive players faced the Packers’ second and third string defensive players.

Play of the Game: With 3:26 left in the game, the Packers were trailing 24-19 and facing fourth and one from their own 29 yard line. Instead of pounding the ball for one yard and a first down to preserve the drive, Matt Blanchard dropped back to pass and was sacked for an 11-yard loss, stopping the Packers from mounting a potential go-ahead scoring drive.

Co-Play of the Game: Late in the first quarter, James Harrison sacked Aaron Rodgers in the end zone for a safety.

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