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Packers vs. Steelers Final Score: Jordy Nelson injury stains Green Bay's 24-19 loss

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Jordy Nelson's injury tainted Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

A rash of injuries for both teams spoiled Sunday's preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The biggest one is the report concerning Pro Bowl wide receiver Jordy Nelsonwho might've tore his ACL on the Packers opening drive. Quarterback Scott Tolzien and guard  T.J. Lang were also evaluated for concussions.

The Steelers defeated the Packers 24-19 after two late touchdown passes from Landry Jones.

Here's our recap of Sunday's game:

First half

The Packers had a good opening drive but it was mostly ignored because of the injury to Nelson. Nelson landed awkwardly and hobbled off the field after making a leaping catch near the sideline. Nelson did some pacing by the Packers bench and eventually walked to the locker room.

Green Bay's first drive went 10 plays for 80 yards and was capped by an Eddie Lacy 7-yard touchdown run. A James Starks jolt to the right side successfully converted their two-point conversion the next play.

Ben Roethlisberger completed two 17-yard passes to convert two third downs for the Steelers' first-team offense. A sack by Julius Peppers stopped Pittsburgh from converting for the third time.

After a solid at left tackle on the first drive, the next two weren't ideal for Don Barclay. Barclay — playing the left tackle spot for the first time in the NFL — was at fault for the Packers second and third drives ending. Outside linebacker James Harrison beat him in end zone for a safety, followed by Jarvis Jones catching him inside to sack Tolzien on third down.

The Steelers took a 9-8 lead after Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton five yards out.

With under two minutes to go in the half, backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski created the first turnover of the game after dropping the snap from center. The Packers recovered and scored on a 21-yard pass from Tolzien to Richard Rodgers a few plays later.

The second-year tight end stretched over the goal line:

Alonzo Harris converted another two-point conversion for the Packers, making the score 16-9 heading into the tunnel.

Second half

First-round pick Damarious Randall translated his ball skills from training camp to the game field by recording his first interception. Randall picked off Jones as he looked down the field for Martavis Bryant.

The Packers scored off another Steelers turnover, with Mason Crosby connecting on a 55-yard field goal the ensuing drive.

A 54-yard pass to rookie Sammie Coates after being pinned at their 27 helped the Steelers get in field goal range. Kicker Garrett Hartley connected on a 46-yard try three plays later to reduce Green Bay's lead to seven in the third quarter.

On the 12th Pittsburgh drive, the Steelers scored on five plays after Jones hit Tyler Murphy for 22 yards. The Steelers couldn't convert on it's two-point conversion, keep the Packers in front, 19-18.

Jones threw another touchdown on the next drive with Shakim Phillips being on the receiving end this time. Phillips made the catch in the end zone over cornerback Tay Glover-Wright, who was unable to get his head around.

The Steelers sacked quarterback Matt Blanchard on fourth down the next series, putting an end to the game as Pittsburgh burned the clock.

The Packers are now 1-1 in the 2015 preseason.