INDIANAPOLIS —The Indianapolis Colts (3-6) look to win two straight games for the first time all season today, as they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts also hope to head into next week's bye week with some positive momentum for the final stretch of the season.
So, without further ado, here are some major plays as they happened each quarter in the game itself:**
14:19: The Pittsburgh Steelers go for blood on just the second play of the game — and it backfires. On 2nd and 5 from the Pittsburgh 30, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger cocked back and launched a pass deep down the right sideline towards wide receiver Martavis Bryant, but Pierre Desir — now the team's starting cornerback the rest of the way in place of veteran Vontae Davis, who was waived last week — made a terrific play to turn, find the ball jump and come down to the turf with the interception secured, the first of his four-year career. What a start for this Colts defense, which already knew the challenge of facing an offense like the Steelers, which has tons of talent throughout its depth chart.0:00: **
At the end of the first quarter, we're scoreless here in Indy. The Colts' defense has stood strong on three drives, but the Indy offense hasn't been able to get much of anything going on its end as of yet.
14:52: Colts strike first. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett finds wide receiver Donte Moncrief for a 60-yard touchdwn eight seconds into the second quarter to give Indy the 7-0 lead. It's Moncrief's second touchdown of the season, and his first since hauling in a score Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks. With T.Y. Hilton dealing with a bit of a groin injury, and with Kamar Aiken out with a hamstring injury, the Colts need Moncrief to step up, and he delivers.5:51: **
Adam Vinatieri connects on a 48-yard field goal, and the Colts extend their lead to 10-0. The drive could've been even more productive for the Indy offense, but a false start penalty — its third of the game — and a couple drops saw the drive stall out at the Pittsburgh 30-yard line.4:31:
The Colts' defense is more than doing its job to this point. On 3rd and 16, outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo — coming in on the twist — get in Roethlisberger's face and force an incomplete pass that was nearly picked off. Big Ben to this point of the ballgame: 3-of-9 passing for 25 yards and an interception. Le'Veon Bell also has nine carries for 40 yards, but outside of a couple runs, the Indy defense has done a good job containing Bell and not letting him squeeze out those long-developing, patient runs he's been known for.
0:30:Chris Boswell connects on a 41-yard field goal, and cuts the Colts' lead to 10-3.
0:00:At halftime, the Colts lead the Steelers, 10-3. For an eighth time in 10 games, the Colts have the lead, or at least a share of it, after two quarters. They had the halftime lead last week against the Houston Texans and were able to hold on for the victory on the final play of the game — with all those lessons this season, what will be the result in the final two quarters this afternoon?
12:58: **Chester Rogers has been oh-so-close to scoring a touchdown on a couple different occasions in the first two seasons of his NFL career, but just hadn't gotten there. On this afternoon, however, he'd find paydirt. On the Colts' opening possession of the second half, Brissett found Rogers — who made a couple players miss bad — for a 61-yard touchdown, extending Indy's lead to 17-3. Just what the doctor ordered for the Colts to open up play in the second half.
7:47:Roethlisberger uses a quality play-action fake to find JuJu Smith-Schuster for a seven-yard touchdown pass. But Margus Hunt does his thing and blocks the extra-point attempt, and Matthias Farley nearly returns it for an extra two Colts points before he's brought down inside the Pittsburgh five-yard line. The Colts' lead is cut to 17-9.
INJURY UPDATE:Cornerback Kenny Moore II is being evaluated for a head injury.
1:44:On a third-down scramble, Brissett appears to get hit hard on his head, and he's slow to get up. The Colts' trainers take him to the sideline medical tent, and backup Scott Tolzien begins warming up. Brissett has been terrific to this point — 12-of-18 passing for 209 yards with two touchdowns and no pick.
0:00:At the end of the third quarter, the Colts lead the Steelers, 17-9.
12:01: The tide is turning. First, Brissett is able to return to the game, but on 3rd and 8 from the Indianapolis 13-yard line, he tries to find tight end Jack Doyle as a last-ditch effort in the flat. The ball slips through Doyle's hands and right into the hands of linebacker Ryan Shazier for the interception at the 10-yard line. After holding tough on the next two plays, however, the Colts' secondary is unable to keep glued to the Pittsburgh receivers after a slow-developing play on 3rd and Goal from the seven, and Roethlisberger finds tight end Jesse James wide open for a touchdown to make it 17-15. A two-point conversion to Bryant, then, ties the game at 17.
11:05: The Steelers are bringing the pressure and getting to Brissett. Two straight sacks end the ensuing Colts' possession, the second of which left the Colts' quarterback limping as he went off the field. He's getting checked out by team trainers again.
6:21: No. Good. Boswell's 37-yard field goal attempt bangs off the right upright, and the Colts have life.
0:00:The Colts' offense is unable to capitalize one bit, and the Steelers drive right down the field for one final drive. Boswell gets his revenge, hitting a 33-yard field goal as time expires, and Pittsburgh escapes with a 20-17 victory.
Photos from the week 10 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers
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