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Steelers edge Packers in thriller

Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Le'Veon Bell scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:25 remaining and the Pittsburgh Steelers survived a last-second throw into the end zone to beat the Green Bay Packers 38-31 in wild game Sunday at snowy Lambeau Field.

Bell's 1-yard run came after safety Troy Polamalu forced a fumble from Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, and before Micah Hyde's 70-yard kickoff return gave Green Bay, which was out timeouts, a chance to tie it at the end.

Flynn completed passes of seven yards to Jordy Nelson and 19 yards to Andrew Quarless before James Starks' 4-yard run took the Packers to the 1-yard line. But lineman Don Barclay was called for a false start, pushing them back five yards and running 10 seconds off the clock.

Flynn's pass on the final play went off Jarrett Boykin's fingertips.

"It was disappointing and frustrating not to be able to finish it off and get beat like that," Flynn said.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and also ran for a score for the Steelers (7-8), who won for the fifth time in seven games to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Bell rushed for 124 yards but had a fumble that led to a Green Bay touchdown after a bizarre series of events that included a blocked Packers field goal attempt, an illegal batted ball and a forbidden challenge by the Steelers.

Antonio Brown had six catches for 105 yards in the win and Cortez Allen scored on a 40-yard interception return.

Flynn threw for 232 yards with a touchdown pass to Boykin and Eddie Lacy had 15 carries for 84 yards and two Green Bay scores before leaving the game.

The Packers (7-7-1) played without Aaron Rodgers for a seventh straight game, though the quarterback has been practicing as he makes his way back from a fractured collarbone. They had a two-game winning streak snapped, but are still in contention for the NFC North title. A win next week at Chicago will secure the division crown.

Lacy's 2-yard touchdown run with 5:19 left in the third quarter gave Green Bay a 21-17 lead, but the Steelers responded with 14 quick points to move back in front.

Matt Spaeth's 11-yard touchdown at the other end was his first catch of the season and Allen's pick-six pushed the Pittsburgh lead to 31-21 with 1:37 left in the third quarter.

Quarless ran into Flynn on the play, and Flynn's pass floated toward the right sideline where Allen caught it easily and sprinted untouched for the score.

A.J. Hawk intercepted Roethlisberger on the last play of the third quarter, leading to Mason Crosby's 22-yard field goal to get the Packers within 31-24.

They tied the score at 31-31 with 7:14 remaining when John Kuhn put his head down on a 1-yard run to cap a scoring drive keyed by Flynn's 31-yard pass to Nelson.

Later, Polamalu chased Flynn down near the left sideline and wrapped him up. Flynn lost control before he hit the ground and defensive end Brett Keisel recovered at the Green Bay 17.

The Steelers lined up for a field goal on 4th-and-3 but got a first down when Green Bay's Nick Perry jumped offside. The Packers didn't have a timeout left and Bell scored easily from the 1-yard line with 1:25 remaining.

Earlier, a fake punt set up Roethlisberger's 13-yard touchdown run for a 17-14 lead in the third quarter. Punter Mat McBriar hit David Paulson with a pass on what turned out to be a 30-yard play after the Steelers tight end leapt over a Green Bay defender near the right sideline.

The Packers punted after that, but Bell fumbled on Pittsburgh's first play from its own 2-yard line after Jamari Lattimore wrapped him up and Perry hit him from the front.

The play was ruled a fumble upon review after Green Bay challenged he wasn't down.

Then, chaos.

Pittsburgh's Steve McLendon blocked Crosby's 23-yard field goal attempt and teammate Ziggy Hood ended up batting the loose ball out of bounds on the right sideline.

Green Bay was awarded a first down for the illegal bat because, it was ruled, there was no change of possession on the play. Replays showed Pittsburgh's Ryan Clark picked the ball up and tried to lateral it to a teammate.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin threw his red flag but was told he wasn't able to challenge the call, leading to Lacy's touchdown.

"They screwed it up, in my opinion, but I'll wait to hear judgment from those that evaluate performances and so forth," Tomlin said. "We got penalized on the play for batting, but I thought we had possession prior to the batting so it would have been our possession. We should have maintained possession of the ball, but obviously it didn't unfold in that way."

In the first quarter, Boykin caught Flynn's 5-yard touchdown pass with 4:02 remaining despite being covered closely by Allen but the Steelers tied it at 7-7 on Emmanuel Sanders' sliding 1-yard touchdown catch with a second left in the frame.

Lacy started right, then cut back to the left and logrolled into the end zone after he was hit in the air by Ike Taylor on his 14-yard touchdown run inside the two-minute warning.

The Steelers marched back down the field and Shaun Suisham's 31-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half got them within 14-10 at the break.

Game Notes

The Steelers end the regular season at home against Cleveland next week ... The Packers are at Chicago next week to finish the regular season.

12/23 01:16:08 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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