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Steelers Game vs. Packers Ends in Near-Brawl

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A cheap shot by Green Bay Packers right tackle Zach Tom on Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Damontae Kazee started a skirmish between the two teams at the end of Sunday’s game. With the Packers trailing 23-19 and the ball at Pittsburgh’s 16-yard line, Kazee sealed a Steelers’ win with an interception off Jordan Love on the final play of the contest.¬†Kazee was slowing down as he reached the sideline and that’s when Tom blasted him. Special teams coach Danny Smith took a brutal shot on the sideline because of it. Smith got up and appeared to be OK.

Tom will probably receive a hefty fine from the league office. It was clearly a late hit. It will be interesting to see if any other players are fined because of the near-brawl, but it didn’t appear that anything egregious happened. Just players pushing and shoving and talking.

As expected, Kazee made an exception to the late hit and went after Tom. A bunch of Steelers teammates jumped in, also. Kazee told Steeles Now’s Nick Farabaugh after the game that the hit was “totally unnecessary.”

With 3 seconds remaining and the Packers needing a touchdown to win the game, the Steelers had several players lined up at the goal-line to defend the end zone. The Steelers rushed four and Highsmith got penetration to force Love’s ill-advised throw that landed in Kazee’s hands to secure the win. All six of the Steelers’ wins this year have been one-possession games. They’ve won nine straight one-possession games, which is a franchise record.

The Steelers were also out-gained, 399-324, by the Packers. Despite being out-gained in all nine games this year, they’re 6-3. They’re the only team in the league that’s been out-gained in every game. The Steelers are the first team to be out-gained in each of their first nine games and still have a winning record.