"They screwed it up, in my opinion," Tomlin said, "but I will wait to hear judgment from those that evaluate performance. We got penalized for batting but I thought we had possession of the ball prior to batting. It would have been our possession."
The Steelers answered quickly. Bell made amends for his fumble with a 25-yard run in which he hurdled safety Morgan Burnett. Roethlisberger punctuated the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matt Spaeth.
Moments later, Allen got his key pick-six.
The Steelers' special teams were a dominant force throughout and got a huge play on the first possession of the third quarter. On fourth-and-2 near midfield, Tomlin called for a fake punt.
Punter Mat McBriar rolled to his right and patiently waited for someone to get open before lofting a pass deep to backup tight end David Paulson for a gain of 30. A roughing-the-passer penalty on Jake Stoneburner tacked on 15 more yards. On the next play, Roethlisberger stepped up in the pocket and ran untouched for a 13-yard touchdown to give Pittsburgh its first lead, 17-14.
"That was a heck of a play," Roethlisberger said. "We have watched him do that so many times in practice. He did a good job because his first read was the guy in that flat that was covered."
NOTES: Green Bay LB Clay Matthews recorded his 50th career sack with about five minutes left in the first half. Matthews injured his thumb on the play and was lost for the rest of the game. Matthews broke his thumb on a sack of Detroit's Matthew Stafford on Oct. 6 and missed four games. ... Fellow Packers LB Brad Jones was lost to an ankle injury in the first half, as well. ... RB Le'Veon Bell broke Pittsburgh's 23-game drought without a 100-yard rusher. He ran for 124 yards on 26 carries. Pittsburgh's special teams delivered two key return, a 41-yard punt return by Antonio Brown and a 46-yard kickoff return by Emmanuel Sanders. Brown's return didn't result in points but Sanders' runback allowed Pittsburgh to score a field goal at the end of the first half. ... Brown had six catches to give him 101 for the season. ... Sanders and LB Terence Garvin were knocked from the game with knee injuries. ... The Packers' 14-10 halftime lead was its first since Oct. 27 at Minnesota. That was the game before QB Aaron Rodgers sustained a broken collarbone.