Chris Boswell is staking his claim to be a fourth “Killer B.”
Boswell’s 53-yard field goal was an early Christmas present to get the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 9-2 record. The Steelers captured a close 31-28 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
“It’s a hard kick,” said Boswell. “The wind was pushing right to left. You aim a little far right and expect it to move a little bit.”
The Steelers hosted the Packers at Heinz Field, which is a feared realm for kickers in the NFL. Even Boswell had trouble before his game-winning field goal; Boswell missed an extra point attempt.
It’s a tough place to play when the wind is strong too, but Ben Roethlisberger had Antonio Brown at his helm.
Brown led all receivers with 10 receptions for 169 yards. He caught two touchdown passes, while Martavis Bryant and Xavier Grimble each caught one touchdown reception.
On the ground, Le’Veon Bell rushed the ball 20 times for 95 yards.
Roethlisberger threw two interceptions into the arms of Blake Martinez and Damarious Randall.
On the opposite side of the field, with Aaron Rodgers still out, Brett Hundley started under center at quarterback.
Hundley threw three touchdown passes to Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers and Jamaal Williams. He threw for 245 yards on 17 completed passes.
On defense for the Steelers, Ryan Shazier recorded eight total tackles, followed by Sean Davis with five tackles.
No player recorded an interception, but Cameron Heyward recorded two sacks against Hundley. L.T. Walton and T.J. Watt recorded one sack each.
“We preserved in the face of adversity,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “We didn’t blink. We stayed together and made the necessary plays to win.”