INDIANAPOLIS -- Behind four second-half field goals, the Pittsburgh Steelers clipped the Indianapolis Colts 26-24 at Heinz Field on Sunday evening.
Facing their first road test of the 2012 preseason, the Colts first team units had another successful evening playing the entire first half and taking a 17-14 lead into intermission.
Luck bounced back from a first quarter interception returned for a touchdown by completing 14 of his final 17 passes for 159 yards.
The two second quarter touchdowns for the Colts came via one-yard runs by running back
Defensively, the Colts had three sacks on the evening and safety
Steelers kicker Daniel Hrapmann accounted for all of Pittsburgh’s scoring in the second half, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts.
Hrapmann’s final field goal of the night, a 22-yarder, with 20 seconds remaining capped off a 15-play drive and gave the Steelers their first lead of the half.
The Colts will have a short week back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Football Center before heading to the nation’s capital for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff on Saturday against the Washington Redskins.
FIRST QUARTER (7:44 remaining)
After the Colts forced a Steelers turnover to open up the game’s first drive, Pittsburgh opened up the scoring on the following drive with a 57-yard touchdown reception by Antonio Brown. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Brown on a screen pass on 3rd and 4 and the receiver did the rest. Earlier in the drive, Roethlisberger converted a 3rd and 11 with an 18-yard pass to Brown. The drive spanned 80 yards over six plays. Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham converted the extra point.
Steelers 7, Colts 0
FIRST QUARTER (2:56 remaining)
Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor picked off Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. The interception came on a 3rd and 9 and as Luck looked for wide receiver
SECOND QUARTER (13:08 remaining)
The Colts offense bounced back with a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by running back Donald Brown. Luck was 4-of-5 for 60 yards on the drive, including three consecutive completions of at least 13 yards. Brown had four carries for 23 yards on the drive. Kicker Adam Vinatieri made the extra point. Steelers 14, Colts 7
SECOND QUARTER (1:56 remaining)
Luck and the offense showed some resiliency in another 80-yard touchdown drive. After running back
SECOND QUARTER (0:00 remaining)
A well-executed final-minute drive was finished off by a 53-yard Vinatieri field goal. Luck completed passes of nine, 14 and eight yards before a spike set up the field goal with just one second left in the half. The Vinatieri kick ended another impressive performance by the first team offense, scoring 17 unanswered points with a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives. Colts 17, Steelers 14
THIRD QUARTER (11:14 remaining)
Steelers kicker Daniel Hrapmann opened up the second half scoring by hitting a 25-yard field goal. The field goal drive was set up thanks to a blocked punt by linebacker Mortty Ivy. The blocked punt gave the Steelers field position at the Colts 10-yard line. Colts 17, Steelers 17
THIRD QUARTER (8:23 remaining)
THIRD QUARTER (0:15 remaining)
A 64-yard drive led by Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch ended with a 39-yard field goal by Hrapmann. The drive spanned 12 plays with the Steelers offense overcoming a first play sack by Colts outside linebacker
FOURTH QUARTER (10:40 remaining)
Hrapmann kicked his third field goal of the second half when he connected on a 43-yarder early in the fourth quarter. Steelers rookie quarterback Jerrod Johnson led the eight-play drive and completed a 24-yard gain to Gilreath on a 3rd and 16 early in the drive. Colts 24, Steelers 23
FOURTH QUARTER (0:20 remaining)
A fourth field goal from Hrapmann with just 20 seconds remaining concluded the scoring on the evening and gave the Steelers the victory. Hrapmann hit a 22-yard field goal to finish off a 15-play drive as the Steelers ate up a chunk of the fourth quarter clock. Steelers 26, Colts 24