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Packers quarterback Brett Hundley throws a 39-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the first quarter Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Offense: B

Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes, hitting Randall Cobb and Davante Adams in stride on deep balls, and led a 77-yard, game-tying drive late. Jamaal Williams doesn't make quick cuts, but he runs hard and has a burst. Adams' next contract will contain plenty of zeroes. Jason Spriggs did OK at right tackle.

Defense: C-minus

Damarious Randall had good coverage on a crossing route and made a diving interception. Blake Martinez alertly intercepted a batted pass and also recovered a fumble. There were far too many missed tackles on LeVeon Bell, especially in the second half. Kevin King, Davon House and Josh Hawkins have had better days.

Special teams: C-minus

Giving up a 38-yard return on the opening kickoff is no way to start a game. When the snap is even a foot too high, a 57-yard field goal attempt has no chance. Geronimo Allison was inches from a blocked punt. Enough with the special-teams penalties, Josh Jones. Justin Vogel boomed several punts at crunch time.

Coaching: B

The 54-yard screen pass to Jamaal Williams was a brilliantly timed call. Mike McCarthy emptied the playbook with end arounds, throwback screens and shovel passes. He seemed determined not to be embarrassed in his hometown. Dom Capers did what he could with what he had, but Pittsburgh just had too many weapons.

Overall: B-minus

Not many gave the Packers a chance to win or even be in the game at Pittsburgh, but they played a smart, determined game. Three takeaways by the defense were critical and improved play by Brett Hundley gave the offense a spark. If the Packers can continue their spirited play, they still have a chance, however slim.

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Buena Vista

It makes my heart warm to see the failing Packers below .500

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