The Steelers’ defense had reached the Packers’ end zone and started to celebrate. It seemed to them that Minkah Fitzpatrick had just returned a blocked field goal attempt 75 yards for a go-ahead score with just seconds remaining in the first half Sunday.
They didn’t see the yellow flag lying on the turf by the Pittsburgh 13. The Steelers were called for being offside, which moved the field goal try up 5 yards and gave the Packers’ Mason Crosby another chance to make the kick. He drilled it from 26 yards out and Green Bay went into the half leading 17-10 instead of trailing 17-14.
See for yourself: Was Joe Haden offside?
It sure looked as if the Steelers got off the line at the right time. This frame makes it look as if the ball had been snapped before anyone crossed the line of scrimmage.
Even more critical was that after Crosby’s field goal, the Packers started the second half with the ball. Aaron Rodgers marched them 64 yards down the field but the Packers were stopped and had to settle for another field goal to go up 20-10 with 9:31 left in the third quarter.
The Steelers’ offense looked sound against the Packers in the first half. They had just six first downs but gained 129 total yards on five drives.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, in particular, played well, completing 9 of 14 passes for 104 yards with a touchdown.
The Steelers have struggled in offense to start the season, with 23 points in the first game and then a combined 27 in the next two — both losses. Roethlisberger entered the game having thrown three touchdowns and three interceptions.