The Steelers went into Thursday night’s diversion with a outrageous advantage, interjection to a concussed Andrew Luck, and they took caring of business, with a 28-7 feat over a Colts during Lucas Oil Stadium.
Facing backup quarterback Scott Tolzien, who got a start in place of Luck, Pittsburgh’s invulnerability done a matter on a Colts opening drive. On a initial play from scrimmage, a blitzing William Gay nude Tolzien of a football as he attempted to pass, and while Indianapolis recovered a fumble, it was 10 yards in a wrong direction. On third down, a shade pass was fast snuffed out by rookie defensive lineman Javon Hargrave for a five-yard loss. So, in 3 plays, a Colts mislaid 15 yards.
On a Steelers initial possession, they marched 52 yards on 7 plays and done it 7-0, on a five-yard touchdown run by using behind Le’Veon Bell. The large play on a expostulate was a 30 yard pass from Roethlisberger to container receiver Eli Rogers on third and 8 that set Pittsburgh adult during a eight-yard line.
The Colts offense responded with a 10-play, 41-yard drive, though came divided with no points, after Adam Vinatieri’s 52-yard margin idea went wide-right.
The Steelers afterwards marched 58 yards on 7 plays and done it 14-0, when Roethlisberger found receiver Antonio Brown for a 25-yard touchdown pass, on a play in-which a quarterback strike a lonesome receiver with a back-shoulder pass that a dilemma blanketing him could do zero about.
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Thanks to an extreme jubilee chastisement on Brown, a Colts were means to set adult emporium during a Pittsburgh 47 following Chris Boswell’s kickoff. This was significant, since on fourth and 6 from a 43, punter Pat McAfee, a Pittsburgh native, finished a 35-yard pass to Erik Swoope down to a Steelers eight-yard line. Two plays later, Tolzien strike receiver Donte Moncrief for a five-yard touchdown pass, and usually like that, a Colts were behind in a diversion during 14-7.
Pittsburgh got those points right behind on a subsequent expostulate and done it 21-7, interjection to a 33-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Brown. The large play on a 75-yard expostulate was a 35-yard hook-up to recently activated parsimonious finish Ladarius Green on third and 13.
Late in a initial half, a Colts seemed to be in primary position to lift to within a touchdown, after Tolzien strike receiver T.Y. Hilton on a 32-yard pass down to a Pittsburgh two-yard line. But on third and idea idea from a one, Tolzien attempted to run for a touchdown and seemed to have room to score, though rookie safety/slot dilemma Sean Davis fast sealed a opening and pressed a quarterback before he could strech pay-dirt. Indianapolis went for it on fourth down and was denied, when a Tolzien pass dictated for receiver Chester Rogers fell incomplete, and a Steelers took their two-touchdown lead into a locker room.
Following a punt by Pittsburgh early in a third quarter, a Colts went on a dictatorial 19-play, 89-yard expostulate that enclosed 3 third down conversions and one fourth down conversion. However, confronting a third and idea from a two, Tolzien again attempted to measure with his legs and was met during a one-yard line, this time by reserve Mike Mitchell. On fourth down, a pass dictated for Phillip Dorsett fell incomplete. So, notwithstanding immoderate 11:22 of diversion time and marching to a doorstep of Pittsburgh’s idea line, a Colts again came divided with nothing.
Following another Pittsburgh punt, a invulnerability effectively put a diversion on ice, when Mitchell intercepted a low Tolzien pass with 7:51 remaining. Four plays later, Roethlisberger found Brown for a third score–this time from 22 yards away–and a Steelers softened to 6-5, with a 28-7 victory.
For a game, Roethlisberger finished 14 of 20 passes for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns, all to Brown, who also held 5 passes for 91 yards.
As for Bell, he, again, was a workhorse, carrying a round 23 times for 120 yards and a measure and also contributing 4 receptions for another 22 yards.
Coming off an eight-sack, nine-point diversion opposite Cleveland 5 days earlier, Thursday night’s opening was maybe a best of a deteriorate for Pittsburgh’s defense, who might have indeed pitched a shut-out, if not for a 35-yard pass by McAfee, that set adult a Colts usually measure of a game.
Next adult for a Steelers is a 4:25 kickoff opposite a Giants during Heinz Field on Dec 4.