The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts both entered Week 12 with 5-5 records, and with the Colts missing their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. Nonetheless, there would be no apologies from the Steelers defense for having to face Scott Tolzien, who had only one pass attempt since 2013.
After the Steelers won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, the start for Tolzien couldn't have started worse. The first play Tolzien dropped back to pass and William Gay stripped the ball. Although Indianapolis recovered the fumble, it was a short series and the Steelers got the ball with great field position.
Ben Roethlisberger wasted little time moving the ball into the Colts' red-zone, and the drive was capped off with a Le'Veon Bell touchdown. The Chris Boswell extra point was good giving Pittsburgh an early 7-0 lead.
Tolzien and the Colts were able to move the ball in their second possession, but after Adam Viniateri missed a 52-yard field goal, Pittsburgh took advantage of great starting field position again and cashed in with a Roethlisberger touchdown pass to Antonio Brown to give the Steelers an early 14-0 lead.
The Colts would strike back, but it would come in a very unconventional fashion. Pittsburgh's defense had forced a punt, but Colts punter Colt McAfee performed a fake punt taking the Colts into the Pittsburgh red-zone. Tolzien hit Donte Moncrief for the touchdown to cut the Pittsburgh score in half.
Roethlisberger and company would take little time adding to their point total. After a big completion to Ladarius Green, Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for his second touchdown of the game, and gave Pittsburgh a 21-7 advantage in the second quarter. The Colts would threaten with a 4th and goal situation late in the second quarter, but Pittsburgh's defense stood tall, and the 21-7 score stood at halftime.
The 3rd quarter of the game was odd, to say the least. Both teams had only one possession, and neither resulted in points. The Colts took up over 9 minutes in the back half of the quarter and resulted in a 4th and goal, and the Steelers defense stood tall once again.
After the Steelers offense again failed to produce points, it was Mike Mitchell who picked off a Tolzien pass and set up the Steelers offense with a chance to seal the win. After a Ben Roethlisberger to Ladarius Green pass, he would hit Antonio Brown for his third touchdown of the game, and make the score 28-7 late in the fourth quarter. William Gay would add to the turnover statistics for Pittsburgh, and the 28-7 score would be the final score.
The Steelers advance their record to 6-5, winning their second game in a row, and play the New York Giants at Heinz Field in Week 13.