Colts and Steelers Live In-Game Updates
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First Quarter Recap
The Colts won the toss and deferred to the second half.
On Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage, a deep pass from quarterback Ben Roethisliberger was picked off by cornerback Pierre Desir, who is now the full-time starter in place of Vontae Davis. The interception was the first the Colts have had in their last four meetings against Big Ben.
Starting from their own 21-yard line, the Colts went three-and-out on their first drive.
It was a slow start for the Pittsburgh offense. The second drive for the Steelers ended with a punt and no first down.
This one had a quiet beginning in the opening quarter, with the Colts punting on their next possession. The score was tied at 0 with 6:25 to go in the first.
Beginning from their own 10-yard line, the Steelers did flip field position a bit before having to punt.
The first quarter came to a close with the Colts possessing the ball in their own territory.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at zero.
Second Quarter Recap
The Colts, surprisingly, struck first in this one. A stutter route by Donte Moncrief was run perfectly and Jacoby Brissett hit on this chunk play for a 60-yard touchdown. The touchdown was Moncrief’s second of the season and gave the Colts a 7-0 lead, early in the second quarter.
Pittsburgh’s first drive of the second quarter pushed into Colts’ territory, but stalled just outside of field goal range. The Steelers downed the punt at the 7-yard line.
Despite the poor field position, the Colts found some points. A 13-play drive ended with Adam Vinatieri connecting on a 48-yard field goal. The lead was 10-0 for the Colts with less than 6 minutes left in the first half.
Another solid defensive drive for the Colts would give the offense one more chance at some late-half points.
But the Colts had to punt with 1:48 left in the first half, leaving the Steelers a final opportunity to get on the scoreboard, with this drive starting at their own 38-yard line.
The Steelers did sneak in 3 points just before halftime. A 41-yard field goal from kicker Chris Boswell broke the first half drought for the visitors.
At halftime, the Colts led the Steelers 10-3.
Third Quarter Recap
The Colts started the third quarter with a bang. Jacoby Brissett found a wide-open Chester Rogers down the middle of the field and the speedy second-year wideout did the rest. Rogers cut back for a 61-yard score, extending the lead to 17-3 at the 12:46 mark of the third quarter.
Needing to answer, the Steelers got it with an 8-play, 78-yard touchdown drive. Ben Roethlisberger threw a 9-yard touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster, but a blocked extra point kept the margin at 17-9 midway through the third quarter.
Indy’s next drive ended with a punt. However, the Colts caught a break when Frank Gore’s forward progress was ruled stopped, on a play he had fumbled.
Rookie punter Rigoberto Sanchez then pinned the Steelers back at their own 1-yard line. Pittsburgh punted from its own 26-yard line late in the third quarter.
The Colts had possible insult to injury on their next drive. Jacoby Brissett got up slow after a third-down hit and headed for the medical tent. But Brissett emerged after a brief stint.
The third quarter ended with Pittsburgh facing a 3rd-and-5 near midfield.
At the end of the third quarter, the Colts led the Steelers 17-9.
Fourth Quarter Recap
After a punt from Pittsburgh, the Colts suffered a potentially fatal turnover. Jack Doyle could not handle a dump pass from Brissett and Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier picked off the pass.
On 3rd-and-Goal from the seven-yard line, Big Ben had all day to throw and found tight end Vance McDonald for the score. A successful two-point conversion tied the score at 17 with 11:52 remaining.
With the Steelers’ pass rush humming, the Colts gave the ball right back to their opponents after another punt from Sanchez.
It looked like the Steelers would take their first lead of the day. But kicker Chris Boswell clanked one off the right upright. The miss kept the score tied, and gave the Colts the ball back with 6:17 to go.
The Colts mustered just one first down on their next drive before punting the ball away with 3:10 remaining.
Methodically, the Steelers drove down the field and got into field goal range. This time kicker Chris Boswell connected from 33 yards out for the game-winner.
The final score was 20-17 in Week 10.
The Colts (3-7) will now head into their bye week, before playing six more games this season.
Colts In-Game Injuries
TE-Brandon Williams (right thumb, questionable)
CB-Kenny Moore (concussion, OUT)
TE-Darrell Daniels (hamstring, OUT)
ILB-Darnell Sankey (hamstring, OUT)
WR-Kamar Aiken (hamstring)
RB-Matt Jones (ankle)
OLB-John Simon (stinger)
Colts Pre-Game Notes
-After Sunday, the Colts will enter their bye week before playing six games the rest of the season.
-The Colts have lost three straight to the Steelers, by a combined score of 124-51.