It was a hard-fought victory for Mike Tomlin’s boys who started the match terribly, particularly their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers punted the football on all three of their opening drives, getting the first points because of their defense. Fantastic Mike Hilton recovered one fumble and took it back to the three-yard line in front of the Colts’ endzone. James Conner would convert it into a touchdown.
However, the guests from Indiana were excellent, and they kept on rolling until halftime, generating a 21-7 advantage. It seemed that Pittsburgh had no answers on both the Colts’ defense and offense in those moments.
Philip Rivers, who ended the night with 270 yards for one TD and one interception, was fantastic at that point, but couldn’t keep up with the same tempo until the end. His 42-yard scoring pass to Zach Pascal tied him with Dan Marino on the fifth place of the all-time TD list, with 420 TDs.
His draft classmate, Big Ben, went berserk in the last phase of the contest, throwing three TD passes, to Diontae Johnson, Eric Ebron, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Indianapolis had a chance to win the game, but the Steelers’ defense showed its muscles once again, stepping up and stopping the Colts in the last minute.
In the end, Roethlisberger had 342 passing yards, for three touchdowns, 96 of those yards heading to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Johnson had 75 and Chase Claypool 54. What wasn’t good in Pittsburgh’s performance is the rushing game, with a lousy 20 yards generated by James Conner and Benny Snell Jr.
Jonathan Taylor stood above others in Indianapolis, with 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Zach Taylor had 64 receiving and one TD, TY Hilton, 60.
The Colts’ situation is very complicated, as they have 10 wins and five losses, sitting outside the playoff zone at the moment. Frank Reich guys need to see the Tennessee Titans lose against the Green Bay Packers tonight. Otherwise, their path to the postseason would be very troublesome.
As for the Steelers, who are 12-3, they have a chance to take the No.2 seed in the AFC, but it depends on the Buffalo Bills’ results. Josh Allen and the boys meet the New England Patriots tonight and the Miami Dolphins in the last round.