The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) and Indianapolis Colts (3-6) went head-to-head at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 10 action in the NFL, and entering the game it was the tale of two completely different teams. The Steelers, winners of three-in-a-row, entered the game not just as the top team in the AFC North, but also the AFC. The Colts, struggling in the AFC South, had beaten only two winless teams and a banged up Texans team, but all bets were off heading into this contest.
The Steelers were awarded the ball to start the game after losing the coin toss, and after just one play from scrimmage Ben Roethlisberger’s deep pass intended for Martavis Bryant was intercepted; however, the Pittsburgh defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back to the offense without any damage done.
The Colts started the 2nd quarter with the football, and it didn’t take long for Jacoby Brissett to make the first big play of the game. On play-action, Brissett threw a beautiful 60-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief to give the Colts an early 7-0 lead.
With Pittsburgh’s offense failing to put together a drive, the Colts, and Brissett, continued to have their way with the Steelers’ defense. However, the latest drive didn’t result in a touchdown, but a 48-yard Adam Viniateri field goal to give the Colts a 10-0 lead with 6-minutes remaining in the first half.
The Steelers defense forced a punt with just under two-minutes remaining in the game and the offense was able to put together a point-scoring drive together; however, it was a Chris Boswell 41-yard field goal, not a touchdown. Nonetheless, the score remained 10-3 heading into halftime.
Indianapolis started with the football to start the second half, and after an opening first down, Brissett connected with another big play, this time to Chester Rogers for a 61-yard touchdown to give the Colts a 17-3 lead early in the second half.
The Steelers, with their backs against the wall, put together a drive which highlighted a tremendous throw and catch by Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster.
After several flags, it was Roethlisberger who hit Smith-Schuster for the touchdown, but Boswell’s point-after was blocked, making the score 17-9.
The score remained 17-9 entering the fourth quarter, and on the Colts’ first possession a swing pass was intercepted by Ryan Shazier to give the Steelers the football inside the Indianapolis 10-yard line.
Three plays later, Roethlisberger hit Vance McDonald for the touchdown to bring the score to 17-15. Pittsburgh would go for the two-point conversion, and get it with a completion to Martavis Bryant to tie the game at 17.
Pittsburgh’s defense started to warm up, and sacked Brissett twice on the next series to force another three-and-out, giving the offense great field position again. Despite moving well into Boswell’s field goal range, the reliable kicker missed a go-ahead field goal.
The Steelers’ defense continued to dominate the Indianapolis front, and forced another punt, giving Ben Roethlisberger and company the ball with a chance to drive the field and win the game with 2:50 left in the game.
After two big completions, one to Martavis Bryant and one to Antonio Brown, the Steelers moved well within field goal range with 35-seconds remaining. After two runs to Le’Veon Bell the Steelers watched Chris Boswell hit the field goal to win the game 20-17.
The win moves the Steelers’ record to 7-2, and they now have a quick turnaround before playing the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football in Week 11.
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