A large amount of the blame falls on the shoulders of Shawn Solcum’s special teams unit. The unit failed in multiple aspects of the game.
They gave the Steelers great field position throughout the game. Pittsburgh averaged more than 22 yards per kickoff or punt return, putting the defense in tough situations.
They gave the momentum to the Steelers in the second half after failing to cover a fake punt that resulted in a touchdown.
Last, but not least, the special teams nearly allowed a blocked field goal and jumped offsides on a Steelers field goal attempt at the end of the game. The critical error committed by Nick Perry resulted in a touchdown for Pittsburgh, sealing the Packers fate.
“It was an undisciplined play,” echoed Perry. “I jumped and they capitalized on the play. You know, I’ve got nothing. It’s a bum play.”
Undisciplined could not only describe special teams, but the entire team. Green Bay had nine penalties for 90 yards.
Luckily, the Packers season is still alive thanks to a loss by the Lions and Bears. Come next week, the Packers must visit Soldier Field with more discipline or they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.
Stay tuned …