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Steelers survive scare in Indy, get late field goal to pull off 23-20 victory
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' Shaun Suisham kicked a 38-yard field goal with 4 seconds left Sunday night, lifting the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 23-20 victory at Indianapolis.
It was a wild game that turned three times in the final 5 minutes and was far closer than most expected.
The Steelers (2-1) struggled as Ben Roethlisberger lost two fumbles and threw an interception during an 11-minute first-half span, and they rushed for only 67 yards.
Even when they thought they had finally shaken off the feisty Colts (0-3), they hadn't.
After James Harrison forced Curtis Painter's fumble and Troy Polamalu ran it 16 yards for a 20-13 lead with 5:13 left, Painter led Indy on an 80-yard drive. It was capped by Joseph Addai's tying 6-yard TD run with 2:09 to go.
But Roethlisberger came back with a 60-yard march to set up the winning score.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' The Indianapolis defense remained strong and preserved the Colts' 13-10 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end of the third quarter Sunday night.
Pittsburgh could have tied the score, but Shaun Suisham missed a 36-yard field goal off the left upright with just over 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The Steelers got nothing after going 12 plays and 68 yards in 7:15.
Jamaal Anderson's 47-yard fumble return for a touchdown helped the Colts rally and take the lead at halftime. Pittsburgh led 10-3 and was looking to add to it when Dwight Freeney sacked Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger and forced a fumble. Anderson scooped up the ball and rumbled into the end zone with 1:46 left in the second quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead.
On Pittsburgh's next possession, Roethlisberger threw an interception to Indy's Joe Lefeged, and another 15 yards for a personal foul was tacked onto the return, giving Indianapolis the ball at the Pittsburgh 12-yard line. Adam Vinatieri's 25-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the half gave the Colts the lead.
Roethlisberger was 19 for 26 for 301 yards after three quarters. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 231 yards in the first half. Mike Wallace caught three passes for 129 yards and a score for his sixth straight 100-yard game.
Pittsburgh led 10-0 in the second quarter before Robert Mathis' sack of Roethlisberger, forced fumble and recovery gave the Colts the ball near midfield. Indy had a great opportunity to cash in, but a wide-open Pierre Garcon dropped a pass from Kerry Collins in stride at the Pittsburgh 30.
Collins shook it off and completed passes to Austin Collie and Reggie Wayne for first downs. Wayne's catch was the 800th of his career. Vinatieri eventually made a 21-yard field goal to cut Pittsburgh's lead to 10-3.
The first quarter was all Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger's 81-yard touchdown pass to Wallace gave the Steelers a 10-0 lead. Wallace, one of the league's fastest players, ran right down the middle of the field and past the entire Colts secondary. Wallace caught the pass in stride and scored easily.
Roethlisberger completed 7 of 11 passes for 171 yards in the first quarter.
Pittsburgh moved 50 yards on its opening possession, and Suisham finished it with a 48-yard field goal.
It was Indy's third game without quarterback Peyton Manning. The four-time MVP is out after having his third neck surgery Sept. 8. Manning was in the coaches' box during the game after being seen walking around the team's practice fields last week.
The Colts played in front of an unusually large visiting crowd. Steelers black and gold was sprinkled throughout Lucas Oil Stadium, and in many places, there was more than a sprinkle. Pittsburgh fans waved their Terrible Towels, and Indianapolis fans in turn waved white towels.
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