The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like magicians because they pulled a win out of their hats as they rebounded from a 17-9 deficit to beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Steelers are now 7-2 and now have a commanding lead on the AFC North Division as they lead 2nd place Baltimore (4-5, Bye week) and 3-6 Cincinnati who fell to Tennessee Sunday.
The Steelers looked flat and rusty in the first half until K Chris Boswell’s FG Closed the Colts lead to 10-3 at halftime. In the second half, Colts QB Jacoby Brissett found WR Chester Rogers for a 61-yard TD for the 17-3 lead. His first TD covered 60 yards to WR Donte Moncrief. Then the Steelers woke up. QB Ben Roethlisberger found WR JuJu Smith-Shuster for the 7-yard TD. But then the extra point was blocked, and P Jordan Berry made a clutch tackle, preventing a 2-point conversion. Then LB Ryan Shazier made a clutch interception deep in Colts territory. Big Ben then found TE Vance McDonald for the TD and the 2-point conversion tied the game at 17. The Steelers defense then shut down Brissett and eventually Boswell kicked the game-winner. But the Steelers have sad news as CB Joe Haden broke his fibula early in the game, which could be season-ending. But on Thursday, the Steelers will play again as they host the 6-3 Titans at Heinz Field.
In other NFL News: AFC North foes Cincinnati and Cleveland lost as the Bengals fell to the Titans 24-20 and the Browns losing to the Lions 38-24, giving the Browns a 0-9 record. The SF 49ers got their first win after beating the 1-win NY Giants 31-21. Minnesota beat Washington 38-20, New Orleans is on a 7-game winning streak after beating Buffalo 47-10, Green Bay beat Chicago 23-16, Tampa Bay beat the NY Jets 15-10, the red-hot LA Rams beat Houston 33-7, Atlanta beat Dallas 27-7, and in the Sunday Night Game, New England beat Denver 41-16.
Pittsburgh 20, Indianapolis 17
Nov. 12, 2017
- Pittsburgh is 7-2 (5-1 on the road) and 5-1 against AFC teams in 2017.
- The Steelers have won each of their previous four games, dating back to Oct. 15, 2017, at Kansas City.
- Pittsburgh has won each of its previous four road games, dating back to Oct. 15, 2017, at Kansas City.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
- Improved his regular-season record to 110-59 since becoming the Steelers’ head coach in 2007 (49-37 on the road).
- Has led the Steelers to at least five regular-season road games in a season for the sixth time.
- Improved to 5-1 as the Steelers’ head coach in regular-season games vs. Indianapolis (3-0 on the road).
- Improved to 25-17 in regular-season games during the month of November (13-9 on the road).
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