But Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas managed to chase Hyde down after a 70-yard kickoff return with less than 90 seconds left in Sunday’s game, preventing the dramatic run from going 101 yards to the house and tying up what became a 38-31 loss to the Steelers at Lambeau Field.
“(Number) 29 had a nice angle on me,” Hyde said. “I wish I could have busted into another gear, but I didn’t have one. I was pretty tired. That’s unfortunate.”
Also unfortunate was the Packers’ inability to finish the 31-yard drive needed for the tying touchdown, getting as close as the Pittsburgh 1-yard line.
But when Hyde broke into the clear and the 77,999 in attendance began thundering their encouragement, it appeared the Packers were on the verge of another unfathomable comeback, even after he was tackled.
“When I saw that happen, I thought it would be another moment,” cornerback
The Steelers had a 41-yard punt return by Antonio Brown and a 46-yard kickoff return by Emmanuel Sanders, and they also pulled off a fake punt, as punter Mat McBriar completed a 30-yard pass to tight end David Paulson to set up a TD.
“That was tough,” said Hyde, who was deep for the return. “I was 45 yards back, I saw the snap and I saw the punter roll to our left. I couldn’t really see what was going on. I just saw the ball in the air and just tried to make a play on it. It was a great call by them.”
The Steelers got a free first-and-goal late in the game when Packers linebacker
“I don’t know that rule very well,” Crosby said. “That’s not one that happens all the time. I know batting is a penalty, but I didn’t know it would get us the ball back. I’m happy it did.”
The only reason it did is because the officials ruled that the Steelers had never established possession with a recovery. Replays showed they appeared to, however, with safety Ryan Clark scooping up the ball but then losing it when trying to lateral it to teammate William Gay. On the ground again, the ball was batted by Hood.
The Steelers tried to challenge the ruling that no possession had been established, but they were denied the ability to challenge the play.
It was one of the stranger sequences and rulings of the season, to be sure.
“You see the way weather can affect special teams, it’s difficult to play sometimes,”
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“I wanted it to feel a little better,” he said, vowing to do whatever he could to be able to return to the lineup next Sunday in Chicago.
“He was a warrior out there,” right tackle
“Starks comes in with an attitude and runs as hard as anyone out there,” receiver
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The medical staff was seen examining the cast on Matthews’ hand when he came to the sideline.
Fellow outside linebacker
The Packers were getting perilously thin along the middle level of their defense.
“You hate to see those guys go down,” linebacker
“It was a tough game for everybody,” Perry said.Complete game coverage