Colts-Steelers Third-Quarter Report

Colts-Steelers Third-Quarter Report






Hrapmann booted a 39-yard field goal in the final seconds of the period to make the score 24-20.  The Indianapolis defense stiffened after a 64-yard drive.

Indianapolis regained the lead, 24-17, when Stanton directed a nine-play, 74-yard march in 2:51.  Stanton ended the drive with a four-yard pass to wide receiver Griff Whalen.

Drew Stanton opened the third quarter for the Colts.  Punter Pat McAfee had a punt blocked by Pittsburgh, giving the Steelers possession at the Indianapolis 10.  The defense allowed no penetration and kicker Daniel Hrapmann booted a 25-yard field goal to tie the contest.


Adam Vinatieri booted a 53-yard field goal on the last play of the half to give Indianapolis a 17-14 lead.  The Indianapolis defense produced a key stop late in the period and Luck hit three passes before spiking the ball with one second left to set up Vinatieri's kick.

Andrew Luck scored on a one-yard, fourth-down rush with 1:56 left in the half to tie the contest.  It was a 10-play, 80-yard drive that featured three completions from Luck to Wayne of three, 25 and 18 yards.

Luck was intercepted on the Colts' second possession of the period after wide receiver T.Y. Hilton bobbled a potential reception.

Running back Donald Brown tallied on a one-yard run with 13:08 left in the second quarter to end a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive.  Andrew Luck hit passes of 13 yards to Dwayne Allen, 14 yards to Reggie Wayne and 24 yards to Coby Fleener on the drive.  Brown had a 21-yard run to the three prior to scoring.


Defensive back Ike Taylor ended the Colts' third possession with a 49-yard scoring interception return.  Pittsburgh took a 14-0 lead with 2:56 left in the period.

Robert Mathis left the game with a shoulder injury.  Austin Collie and Cory Redding also left with injuries.  Collie had concussion like symptoms, while Redding had a strained knee.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown snared a short and Roethlisberger pass and went 57 yards for a touchdown on a third-and-four play.  Pittsburgh took a 7-0 lead.  The drive was six plays, 80 yards with 7:44 left in the quarter.

Indianapolis could not convert, having a three-and-out on the drive.

Safety Antoine Bethea intercepted Ben Roethlisberger on the sixth play of the drive, giving Indianapolis possession in Pittsburgh territory.  Pittsburgh had rushed on the first five plays of the game.

Safety Jerraud Powers forced a fumble on the first drive, but Pittsburgh recovered.

Pittsburgh won the coin toss and elected to receiver.  Pat McAfee drilled a touchback on the kick.


The Colts were victorious in their last appearance in Heinz Field.  Indianapolis beat Pittsburgh, 24-20, on November 9, 2008.  Defensive back Melvin Bullitt clinched the win with a last-second end zone interception.

This is the 21st preseason meeting between the clubs.  The last preseason meeting between the teams was 12 years ago to the day, with the Colts earning a 24-23 victory over Pittsburgh in Mexico City.

The Colts will play the starters into the second quarter, but not beyond.  They will get a little more playing exposure this Sunday than they did in the opener.

The weather tonight in Pittsburgh is clear with temperatures in the 60s.  The low tonight will be in the upper 50s.


Middle linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) and offensive guard Mike McGlynn will be among players who will not play at Pittsburgh.  Angerer (foot) and McGlynn (high ankle sprain) suffered injuries last Sunday against St. Louis.  Donnie Avery will not play.

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