GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) A rarely seen penalty nearly spoiled the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-31 win Sunday over the Packers.
Defensive lineman Ziggy Hood was called for illegal batting in the third quarter when he poked the ball out of bounds after it had been loose following a dived field goal.
Officials conferred a few minutes before calling the penalty and awarding the ball back to Green Bay, ruling the Steelers never controlled it and that it never crossed the line of scrimmage of the Steelers 5.
Referee Carl Cheffers described batting to a pool reporter as an intentional act of striking the ball in a loose ball situation in the direction of a team's own goal line.
Pittsburgh held on after a Packers pass into the end zone sailed incomplete as time expired.
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