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Skokie native Rashard Mendenhall has costly fumble

Rashard Mendenhall, who played at Niles West and Illinois, scored a touchdown and averaged 4.5 yards per carry.

But Mendenhall lost a fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter, when the Steelers had the momentum. Mendenhall was drilled by Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, and linebacker Desmond Bishop recovered and returned the ball to his team’s 45-yard line. From there, the Packers needed eight plays to score a touchdown on an eight-yard catch by Greg Jennings.

“I just got hit and the ball came out,” Mendenhall said. “It just happened and it should not have happened.”

Added Bishop, “Any turnover in a game of this magnitude is always huge.”