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Even during the worst of seasons, the Steelers have been known to pull out a memorable win.
In 1988, they took a 3-10 record into the Astrodome and upset the 9-4 Houston Oilers 37-34.
In 2006, they salvaged an 8-8 record with a 23-17, overtime win at Cincinnati in Bill Cowher's final game as Steelers coach. That win dashed the Bengals' playoff hopes.
In 2009, the Steelers ended a five-game losing streak in epic fashion, beating the Green Bay Packers 37-36 on a last-second touchdown in Pittsburgh.
This game shapes up as another Ben Roethlisberger-Aaron Rodgers air show.
Against the storied backdrop of Lambeau Field in December, expect a lot of scoring and a lot of lead changes as Roethlisberger sees his first regular-season action in Green Bay.
The Packers can put points on the scoreboard, but they also can give up points. They're 28th in the NFL in both overall defense (404.3 yards per game) and passing defense (311 yards per game).
The rise of the Lions and Bears in the NFC North will make life difficult for the Packers this season. They're off to a disappointing 1-2 start and will be right around .500 when the Steelers visit.
In another classic between these two pillar NFL franchises, the Steelers will pay back a little bit of the heartbreak they suffered in Super Bowl XLV and do serious damage to the Packers' playoff chances.
Prediction: Steelers 42, Packers 39 (Record: 5-10)