The Colts received the kickoff to start the third quarter, and Philip Rivers and Jonathan Taylor continued to throttle the Steelers’ defense. This 9-play drive was good enough to add to the Colts’ lead, but a timely sack by Stephon Tuitt on 3rd and 3 forced a field goal. The kick was good, and made the score 24-7 with 9:23 left in the third quarter.
Needing an answer, the Steelers finally starting to target Chase Claypool, and it paid off in a big way. Completions from Ben Roethlisberger to the rookie receiver moved the Steelers into a first and goal situation. However, that is when the drive stalled. Trailing by 17, Mike Tomlin elected to not go for the field goal on fourth down, and the pass intended for James Washington was knocked away for a turnover on downs.
Pittsburgh’s defense was able to get a three and out, and it didn’t take the offense long to strike back. After a Ray-Ray McCloud punt return, Roethlisberger hit Diontae Johnson for a 39-yard touchdown.
Matthew Wright’s point-after was good, making the score 24-14 with 3:15 left in the third quarter.
The Steelers’ defense continued to stand tall, getting another three and out and getting the ball back to Roethlisberger and the offense. At the end of the quarter, the Steelers have the ball and are in field goal range.